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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago by Boris PasternakDoctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Release Date: 4th July 2003
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is the only paperback edition now available of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

 ‘Why do you keep putting yourself through this?’

‘I don’t know, I have issues.’

A conversation I have with myself every time I attempt expansive classics like this one. Russian literature is not easy to wade through, you guys.

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The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name of The Rose by Umberto EcoThe Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco
Genre: Classic, Historical
Release Date: 2004
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”

 The Name of The Rose is basically a Sherlock and Watson adventure except it’s so boring it made me want to die. Which is not a good way to introduce anyone to a book really but I fail to understand why this dull excuse of a novel has so many fans out there because really? Really? This book? Are you sure?

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