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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a mystery novel belonging to the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The book was released in 2006 and it topped the New York Times Bestseller charts then. The book calls for a re-reading because the third book in the series, 'Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest remained in NYT list till a few months back, and also because the trilogy was converted to movies recently. This article critically reviews the book.

Book Review of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

In this article, I am reviewing the book 'The Lost Symbol' by Dan Brown. 'The Lost Symbol' is the latest book in Robert Langdon series. It was released in 2009. The book is about how Robert Langdon, the Professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard University gets involved in some adventurous secret, for which he fights. It combines myth, history, technology and religion. It is an adventure thriller.

Book Review: She Stoops To Conquer By Oliver Goldsmith

Genre: Drama, Type: Comedy of Manners/Prose Drama, Year: 1773, Playwright: Oliver Goldsmith. Oliver Goldsmith is best remembered for reviving the Comedy of Manners in the History of English Drama belonged to the Restoration Period. His most well known Prose Drama, ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ was a bombshell in the literary arena during his times.

Book Review: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Genre: Drama Type: Tragic Play/Tragedy Year: 1612-13 Themes like Corruption and Women’s Place in the Society are explored in Webster’s ‘Duchess of Malfi’ however, the theme of ‘Love and Revenge’ is the most prominent one. The play revolves around the dates and events or rather the calamities which befalls on the two lovers, namely, The Duchess of Malfi and Antonio Bologna. Violence and horror in excess can be found prior to the climax.

Book Review: The Alchemist by Ben Jonson

Year of debut performance: 1610 London Read any comedy of Ben Jonson, and you will be convinced that, he is a Realist. A realistic picture of the seamy side of London life during the Jacobean period is vividly presented in a humorous way in ‘The Alchemst’. Jonson also based his comedies on the theory of humour.

Book Review: The Way of the World by William Congreve

The Way of the World is a serious play. Its seriousness is of the kind proper to comedy which is not necessarily an affair of laughter only. It may work in the same manner as tragedy, by giving a heightened perception of things as they are, or by making the reader apprehend more finely the nice balance of virtue and stupidity which regulates human activities.

Book Review: William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is a powerful and haunting novel. According to E.M Foster, this novel “begins like a Ballantyne but ends grimly otherwise.” He goes on to describe it as a most “absorbing and instructive tale”.

An estimate of the W.B. Yeats’ ‘Second Coming’

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. He was a leading exponent of the Symbolist Movement, and his poetries are characterized by his exploration into Celtic Mythology, Oriental Mysticism as well as overt political themes and Christian elements.

Estimate of Eliot’s ‘Love Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

T.S Eliot (1888-1965) is regarded as the greatest and the most influential poet, critic and verse-dramatist of the modern age. He fashioned a distinct and individual poetic credo that gave a satiric expression to the aimlessness and general pessimism that plagued his generation after the trauma of the 1st World war.

John Milton’s Lycidas: A Critical Appreciation

John Milton (1608-1674) is considered as the greatest poet of his age. Like Shakespeare, he too represented an age alone. It is rightly said of him that, he churned out masterpieces in each and every genre of literature he tried his hand at. Master of the Grand Style, his mastery over English language and poetic forms goes almost unsurpassed even to this age.
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