Ugly Truths: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

I first heard of Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation it on Instagram. Everybody was talking about it, I saw pictures of the book everywhere. The reviews, however, were not all good: a masterpiece, a cheap piece of shock literature, a groundbreaking story, an immensely boring book… everybody had a different opinionContinue reading “Ugly Truths: My Year of Rest and Relaxation”

The Newness of Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf

I just read one of those books everybody reads in high school. Since I can remember being a reader and making reading lists, Steppenwolf has been on my radar; many people in several different places and contexts had recommended the book to me, and I can’t really say why it took me so long toContinue reading “The Newness of Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf”

“The World Was Hers For The Reading”: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In 1943, Betty Smith published what would become her most famous work and one of the most representative pieces of American literature. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* was an instant hit, at the time being only surpassed by Gone With the Wind * in sales. The novel narrates the life of Francie Nolan and herContinue reading ““The World Was Hers For The Reading”: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”