Posts under ‘1940s’

The Plague by Albert Camus

 Translated from the French by Robin Buss Five words from the blurb: people, plague, death, isolation, fate Albert Camus is one of those authors that has always intimidated me. I assumed his writing would be complex and difficult to understand, but eventually my love for disaster based fiction won through and I decided to give […]

Native Son by Richard Wright

Five words from the blurb: black, prejudiced, poverty, death, crime Native Son was originally published in 1940. It became a best seller, catapulting its black American author, Richard Wright, into fame and controversy. The book highlights the deep racism that was present within America at the time and is one of the most important books written […]

Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake

You have seen nothing like it before … but after … you see things like it everywhere …. C.S. Lewis     SPOILER FREE REVIEW Titus Groan contains the most vivid writing I have ever read. Mervyn Peake has created an amazing cast of characters, each one packed with a range of flaws and their own […]

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) – George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a modern classic which has added an impressive number of words to our language. Big Brother and Room 101 are two such words, but it is the ideas and impressively accurate prediction of the future that makes this book so special for me. The book was first published in 1949 and gives a grim […]

The Dwarf – Pär Lagerkvist

 Pär Lagerkvist won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951 Translated from the Swedish by Alexandra Dick Regular readers of my blog may remember the wonderful post, Recommendations from a non-blogger, written by Heidi. In the post Heidi recommended  The Dwarf  by Pär Lagerkvist, which I have never seen mentioned in the blogging world, so was keen to give it […]

Tragedy At Law – Cyril Hare

Tragedy at Law was originally published in 1942 and P.D. James states that it is …regarded by many lawyers as the best English detective story set in the legal world. This book was written during the golden age of crime and it’s Englishness just oozes out of the pages. I was laughing out loud at […]