Marcel Proust – In Search of Lost Time; Volume 1; The Way by Swanns (Books 1 & 2)

Marcel Proust had always struck me as the quintessential snob’s choice; pretentious, devoid of action and inundating readers with impenetrable vocab. All of these concerns proved spot-on as I laboured my way through endless sentences disturbed by commas almost at every other word, sometimes lasting half a page long. Often I was too mentally exhausted …

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The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

Review by Benedict Craven I recently put down Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes after three intense reading sessions. It is not an especially long book but for me this signified a new record in reading determination, though it didn’t feel so. The reason being I was spellbound as I let Abe guide me …

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