• Kafka’s Copperfield in Amerika

    “My intention was . . . to write a Dickens novel, enriched by the sharper lights which I took from our modern times, and by the pallid ones I would have found in my own interior.”  – Diaries (1946), qtd. in “Amerika (novel),” Wikipedia. It is rarely my choice to read Franz Kafka all the… Continue reading

  • Four (more) short reviews

    The Remains of the Day  Kazuo Ishiguro 4 out of 5 stars This award-winning novel is about an English butler, Mr. Stevens, who takes a road trip in the English countryside.  Though he attempts to keep a travelogue, he ends up reminiscing about his father, his friendship with housekeeper Miss Kenton, and his former employer’s… Continue reading

  • Weekend Quote: Futility

    “And if he finally burst through the outermost door—but that can never, never happen—the royal capital city, the centre of the world, is still there in front of him, piled high and full of sediment.” – Kafka, ‘An Imperial Message’ This is part of a much longer paragraph about futility.  What I love about this… Continue reading

  • The Trial

    A good book, a bad book, a “love it or hate it” book.  It takes some willpower for me to review Franz Kafka‘s The Trial as objectively as possible, but I must give it a mixed-feelings rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars. I believe I began reading this book last fall, before putting it… Continue reading

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Hi, I’m Marian—sharing a fondness for classics and other books here and on my YouTube channel. I’m a Christian, designer, and avid tea drinker, and my home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest, US.


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