Modernist & Modern classics

The catcher in the rye

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if… Continue reading The catcher in the rye

Modernist & Modern classics

Bonjour tristesse

Despite its title, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Françoise Sagan’s novel is a burning sun on the endless golden sand. “Bonjour tristesse” is the book with the most pregnant and memorable atmosphere that I’ve ever read. I can still hear the waves and smell the sea. Parties, gambling,… Continue reading Bonjour tristesse


The Color Purple – beauty and pain

“Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.” Alice Walker managed to gather all sorts of contradictory aspects of humanity in “The Color Purple”, such as the love of hateful people, the power of the weak, the voice of the voiceless, so it turned out to be… Continue reading The Color Purple – beauty and pain

Modernist & Modern classics

The many, many José Arcadios and Aurelianos

People discovering ice, suffering from insomnia for months, living ghosts (because death is too lonely), rains that don’t stop “for four years, eleven months, and two days”, priests who levitate with the power of chocolate and Ursula who managed to stay alive but not at all times conscious for 150 years (I’m not sure about… Continue reading The many, many José Arcadios and Aurelianos

Modernist & Modern classics

The Great Gatsby – a hidden hero?

Gatsby. A name with a strange, sophisticated yet clean sonority; pronounced as if each letter that comes out of one’s mouth is slowed down by the refined golden coat, rubbed against the lips. Gatsby. The yellow life embedded in a green light that alters the pure gold. Gatsby. Money, dreams, The Roaring 20s, massive, absurd… Continue reading The Great Gatsby – a hidden hero?


Contained but authentic love – Emma & Pride and Prejudice

There are many romance novels that make our blood rush faster through our veins and tighten the grip on the opened book. But I’ve always felt this distinct atmosphere oozing out of classics written more than 200 years ago, such as Jane Austen’s works. From the many themes explored in these two novels, Emma and… Continue reading Contained but authentic love – Emma & Pride and Prejudice