Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1962: The Collection to Pale Fire

Purpose of this blog: Brief summaries of World, British and American literary classics for English majors.

Harold Pinter. British. 1962. Play. The Collection. Strange relationship between husband and homosexual accused of making love to his wife.

Carlos Fuentes. Mexico. 1962. Novel. The Death of Artemio Cruz. Mexican political boss reflects on his cynical, immoral life. He survived the idealists.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Russian. 1962. Novel. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Struggle of one prisoner to survive a typical day in a Stalinist labor camp. Impassive depiction of degradation and suffering.

Vladimir Nabokov. American/Russian. 1962. Novel. Pale Fire. Satire on the pedantry and sterility of academic scholarship.

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