Category Archives: Literature

  1. ‘Anna Karenina’, by Leo Tolstoy


    August 10, 2014 by Me and My Monkeys

    Not all books stay with you. Not even the good ones. To be frank, there are better books than Anna …
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  2. ‘King, Queen, Knave’, by Vladimir Nabokov

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    December 4, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    Omnipotence and clandestine authorial intrusion are a dirty, dangerous mix, but Nabokov handles his weapons with dexterity and charm in …
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  3. ‘Freedom’, by Jonathan Franzen


    February 23, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    Freedom is one of those novels that inhabits you, like it or not. The three key characters – Patti, Walter …
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  4. ‘The Alteration’, by Kingsley Amis

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    February 22, 2013 by Me and My Monkeys

    In The Alteration, lucky Kingsley Amis starts with an immodest premise and keeps on writing till he has a marketable …
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  5. ‘Flaubert’s Parrot’, by Julian Barnes


    October 24, 2012 by Me and My Monkeys

    How submerged does a reference have to be before it drowns? Geoffrey Braithwaite concedes that his biographer’s net is “a …
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  6. ‘Juliet, Naked’, by Nick Hornby

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    June 17, 2012 by Me and My Monkeys

    Nick Hornby’s contemporary alternative reality places him somewhere between sci fi and beat poetry. He isn’t highbrow but he’s clever. In Juliet, …
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  7. ‘Junky’, by William S. Burroughs

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    June 13, 2012 by Me and My Monkeys

    “Some suckers will one day call The Naked Lunch a masterpiece”, says William Lee. Maybe…but Junky is a self-indulgent, stream of consciousness …
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