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Mini Reviews: Books 90 – 81

Yay! I have officially finished 20 books from the Telegraph’s 100 greatest novels of all time!

I also achieved my Goodreads goal for the year so double yay!

Here is an overview and mini reviews of books 90 – 81 on the list (you can find the mini reviews of books 100 – 91 here.)

# 90: Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

Grade: D

Favorite Quote:

What prevented the closure of this mutually rewarding deal? My principles. Surely there must be some way around. In similar fixes I have rarely failed to find one.

Mini Review:

Well, the above quote says it all; an unprincipled story of a man who is a lazy, immoral, opportunistic bum. Was I entertained a bit? Maybe .. but nothing else really.

You can read the full review here.

# 89: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Grade: F

Favorite Quote:

There’s a great black mountain. It’s human stupidity. There are a group of people who push a boulder up the mountain. When they’ve got a few feet up, there’s a war, ot the wrong sort of revolution, and the boulder rolls down – not to the bottom, it always manages to end a few inches higher when it started.

Mini Review:

I don’t really know why they called it the golden notebook, it should’ve been the grey or black notebook as it was a huge book of darkness, depression and degeneration of society. I did not like or enjoy this book at all.

You can read the full review here.

# 88: Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

Grade: A

Favorite Quote:

But whom to love? To trust to treasure?

Who won’t betray us in the end?

And who’ll be kind enough to measure

Our words and deeds as we intend?

Who won’t sow slander all about us?

Who’ll coddle us and never doubt us?

To whom will all our faults be few?

Who’ll never bore us through and through?

You futile, searching phantom-breeader,

Why spend your efforts all in vain;

Just love yourself and ease the pain,

My most esteemed and honoured reader!

A worthy object! Never mind,

A truer love you’ll never find.

Mini Review:

I absolutely loved this book. It was a breath of fresh air after The Golden Notebook. It was witty and clever and very entertaining. Highly recommend it.

You can read the full review here.

# 87: On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Grade: F

Favorite Quote:

n/a

Mini Review:

The Telegraph says Kerouac wrote the book in “three near-sleepless weeks” and it clearly shows. It was like having a narrow minded, arrogant, frat boy showing off his conquests and going on and on about his endless partying, drinking, girls, and outings

You can read the full review here.

# 86: Old Man Goriot by Honore de Balzac

Grade: A-

Favorite Quote:

The more coldly calculating you are, the further you will go. Strike ruthlessly and you’ll be respected.

Mini Review:

I really enjoyed this classic cleverly depicting French high society and heart wrenchingly showing how money can sometimes be more important than everything, even one’s own parents.

You can read the full review here.

# 85: The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Grade: C

Favorite Quote:

I have loved truth .. Where is truth? .. Everywhere hypocrisy .. Man cannot put his trust in man.

Mini Review:

The book was OK, just OK. Felt like it was a wanna be Romeo and Juliet and I didn’t really like the characters much.

You can read the full review here.

# 84: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Grade: A

Favorite Quote:

As a general rule .. people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.

Mini Review:

I absolutely loved this book! Might even be my favorite so far on this list.

You can read the full review here.

# 83: Germinal by Emile Zola

Grade: D

Favourite Quote:

Violence has never prospered, you can’t remake the world in a day. Anyone who promises to change everything for you all at once is either a fool or a rogue!

Mini Review:

A political manifesto, a failed attempt at a revolution, a realistic depiction of the horrible life of miners. I did not enjoy reading this book at all.

You can read the full review here.

# 82: The Stranger by Albert Camus

Grade: C

Favorite Quote:

After a while, you could get used to anything.

Mini Review:

I didn’t like it and I didnt hate it. A short awkward story devoid of emotions about a killing.

You can read the full review here.

#81: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Grade: C

Favorite Quote:

Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.

Mini Review:

The book can be divided into two main themes: the murder mystery which I loved, and the theology conversations which I didn’t. But overall, i did enjoy the book and it does get better after the 200 page mark as the action picks up.

You can read the full review here.

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And there it is. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I have been pleasantly surprised by some and dissapoinyed by some.

Breaking it down, French authors have the lead; a nobel prize winner was a complete flop; two of my favorites are by Alexanders, and being on the road was not what i always dreamt it would be.

Looking forward to the next 10 on the list.

Till next time .. Happy reading ❤

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