Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story by Russell Banks -- Review

The story "Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story" written by contemporary American writer Russell Banks talks about love. The author isn’t sure if it is real love or not. The main character says that he loves her but in fact he hates her.

 The main character describes his relationship with a woman he hated. It looks like a social phenomenon. He holds his feelings inside, he can’t reveal it because society isn’t tolerant of cruel actions. 

The climax of the story brings freedom to the narrator and produces complicated thoughts about the physical and emotional parts of love.

Here is the link to the text of the story:

Sunday, January 10, 2021

For Esmé with Love and Squalor By Jerome David Salinger

The title of the story "For Esmé with Love and Squalor" written by American writer Jerome David Salinger is difficult to translate. The word squalor means "the state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant". An alternative translation of this word is compassion. Actually, both translations are correct: the first is a direct translation and the second one is closer to the meaning of the story.

According to the plot, an American soldier is writing a letter to a teenage girl in England, with who he had a conversation in 1944 (before D-Day). Taking into account the biography of Salinger who participated in the Second World War, we can conclude that the story is about himself.

In the story, the author uses interesting literary methods. The narrator begins to tell the story in the first person in a relaxing and humanistic style. Whereas, the second part is completely different due to increasing tension. The ending discloses the main idea of the story.  

The publication of this story in 1950 resulted in wider recognition for the young author Salinger.  Since that time readers and critics started calling Jerome David Salinger a live classic of American literature. 

Here is the link to the text of the story:

Sunday, January 3, 2021

The Other Side of the Hedge by E.M. Forster — Review

The short story “The Other Side of the Hedge” written by British writer E.M. Forster represents a genre of allegory. The main character appears in another world. He refuses to accept the fact that he is there. 

E.M. Foster creates a surrealistic picture of the world, which looks as perfect but according to the attitude of the narrator, it is a questionable statement.


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Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Guest by Albert Camus — Review

The short story “The Guest” by French author Albert Camus put forward for readers the dilemma of choice in a very complicated situation. The main character is a schoolmaster who has to convoy an arrested person to the police.

The other important theme is: who has a right to be a host and who is a guest in the disputed territory, in an area where the war takes place.

The attitude of readers of the story about the actions which the characters of the story have makes an interesting subject for discussion.

Here is the link to the text of the story: uest.pdf

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sredni Vashtar by Saki -- Review

"Sredni Vashtar" is a short story written by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro). The main character is a sickly 10-year old boy, Conradin. He lives in the care of his cousin Mrs. De Ropp. She enjoys having power over this boy which results in him sincerely hating her.

The story is about the pressure that adults sometimes impose on children. The result of it readers can see in the story.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

The Medicine Bag by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve -- Review

The short story "The Medicine Bag" by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve talks about an American boy who belongs to a Native American family.  During summer vacations he would visit a reservation where his grandfather lives, but he has little in common with the traditions of Native Americans because he is now used to living in Western society.

One day the grandfather unexpectedly comes to town to visit his children and grandchildren. The author of the story, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, belongs to a Native American family too. In her story, she truthfully and naturally describes the boy’s reaction as well as other people’s, in relation to meeting with the old man.  

The story raises the interest of the reader to know more about Native American traditions, about their beliefs and culture. Reading this story brings lots of positive emotions to the readers.

This is the link to the text of the story:

Sunday, December 6, 2020

The Beggar by Anton Chekhov -- Review

The story "The Beggar" by Anton Chekhov is a short and very deductive work with an unexpected ending.

The writer presents two main characters: drunkard and beggar Lushkov and Petersburg's lawyer Skvortsov, who has intentions to help a degraded person to come back to normal life.

It seems before the final part of the story that there are only two characters there. It appears in the end, there are three main characters in this very clever, great story.

Here is the link to the text: