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Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast by Oscar Wilde

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast” by Oscar Wilde is one of the 46 new books in the best selling Little Black Classics, which was released to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book is different in its own way thereby offering diverse options for the readers.… Continue reading

The art of war by Sun Tzu

The Art of War (written around400 B.C.) is a concise, eloquent and descriptive piece of writing about strategies of war and it is still relevant in politics, business, sports, etc where the situations are war-like. The work is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (“Master Sun”, also spelled Sunzi).… Continue reading

Weird things customers say in bookshops by Jen Campbell

CUSTOMER: It makes me sad that grown up books don’t have pictures in them. You’re brought up with them when you’re younger, and then suddenly they’re all taken away.

BOOKSELLER: Yes. It’s a cruel world.”

But, you know what, why should kids have all the fun? There are many books with beautiful illustrated pictures which we adults could read and enjoy as well!… Continue reading

Night: An unnerving account of holocaust by Elie Wiesel

Night (1960) is a moving, poignant autobiographical account of the zenith of Holocaust by Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate. The brief but powerful account covers the story of Wiesel in his teenage when he was separated from his mother and sisters and was accompanied by his father to concentration camps.… Continue reading

Forbidden stories from inside North Korea: The Accusations by Bandi

How will you react, when you will come to know that, your life’s fate has been written down long before your birth? And what you eat and drink, what you speak, and where you go, everything would be closely monitored. Scary, isn’t it?

The Accusations written by Bandi is a collection of seven such stories, giving us the chilling account of the lives of the people living in North Korea.… Continue reading

The Metamorphosis: A tale of today’s “great depression”

The Metamorphosis (1915), written by Franz Kafka is one of the finest pieces of literature. This novella focuses on the modern day lives which is filled with dichotomy, dilemmas, frustrations and pomp shows. The book uses the story of Gregor Samsa and his metamorphosis to open a world of interpretations and discussions.… Continue reading

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