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Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Hello and welcome back to The Young Reader’s Review! It has been months since I have simply reviewed a novel so I have decided today to explore the world of one of my favorite and one of the most famous French novels: Le Père Goriot (which can be directly translated as “The Father Goriot”) written by the eminent Honoré de Balzac in 1835. Before beginning this book review, I just wanted to thank you for letting this blog reach five thousand reviews ( (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و) ! In order to celebrate this, I have created a Twitter account exclusively for this blog that is @thereadertweets (the widget containing the direct link is in the sidebar). Now, I invite you to plunge with me into nineteenth century France, a sphere of political turbulence, bourgeoning industrialization, and most of all, a sphere where reigns an epidemic fever for art in a society lost amid technological innovation and alternating governmental authorities.
Le Père Goriot is probably the most distinguished constituent of the chai…

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent by John Milton

Hello and welcome back to The Young Reader’s Review! Recently, I have been rather overwhelmed with work but I have also been avidly reading and analyzing some of the English language’s most influential, finest and well known poems. While reading, one of these works particularly touched me: When I consider how my light is spent (Sonnet XVII, also frequently called On his Blindness, title given by clergyman and writer Bishop Newton) by the poet that has haunted generations of poets following him because of his intensity, drive and genius: John Milton. 

When I consider how my light is spent Ere (=before) half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide (= to scold); "Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?" I fondly (means “foolishly” here) ask. But Patience to prevent That murmur, soon replies: "God doth (=does)…

1984 versus Brave New World

Hello and welcome once again to The Young Reader’s Review! Winter has now arrived; wind blows and numbs our limbs, the trees have been denuded and the summer sky has been shrouded with lingering grey billows that darken our days. Yet, the relaxing holidays are approaching little by little. So sit back on your couch, drink a hot chocolate while you savor the warmth of the fireside, and enjoy this exciting new book review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley versus 1984 by George Orwell. If you haven’t read these books, either find them now to read as promptly as possible or go see my previous book reviews about them. 
If you have been among us for a while, you might know that 1984 was my very first book-blog review. Without this book, that is very sentimentally important to me, this blog would probably not have existed. A couple of weeks later, I reviewed another one of my favorite books: Brave New World. After this, I was officially hooked on dystopian literature. 

Dystopian fiction: an im…

Top Ten Books To Read in 2017

Hello and welcome back to The Young Reader's Review! Here we are, 2017 is finally upon us! I realized that  Top Ten Books To Read In 2016 was very popular last year, so to celebrate a new beginning, I have decided to write the 2017 version of this as you can infer by the title. This year, I have mainly read classics which is the reason why most of the books below aren’t “Young Adult Books”. But, these books can of course be read by “Young Adults” and I have read all of these in 2016. So, enjoy!
1.The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris) by Victor Hugo
We have all heard of this book that has truly made its mark in French literature and culture, but most of us are intimidated by its daunting seven hundred pages and its “long and tedious” descriptions. If you do think this, you are greatly mistaken. Do not worry, I thought this too! The detailed descriptions flow ever so smoothly with the writing and the story will leave you gripping onto your seat! Also, I find the way Hugo…