Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes (translation by Gerald J. Davis) “I know very well who I am,” answered Don Quixote, “and I know who I can be.” Don Quixote, fed up with a world of sin and despair, takes it upon himself to become a knight errant, an occupation he's often read of in his books... Continue Reading →

The Trial

by Franz Kafka "It's only because of their stupidity that they're able to be so sure of themselves." Joseph K. is accused of a crime and arrested, though he is unable to find out what he has been accused of due to obfuscating rules and an encumbered legal system. His trial unfolds over the course... Continue Reading →

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding “I’m frightened. Of us.” A group of boys between the ages of 5 and 12 are stranded on a deserted, tropical island and have to learn to fend for themselves, completely unprepared to do so. The children band together and form a basic society, but it begins to fall apart as the... Continue Reading →

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway "It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact." The old man, the aged form of a monster of a man who was once deadlocked in an arm wrestling contest for days and won, is poor and alone with a breaking down body and with the scant acquaintance of... Continue Reading →

Short Stories

by Oscar Wilde “Who art thou to bring pain into God’s world?” Mr. Wilde’s career in short stories was collected in three books published in the late 1800’s as follows: The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891) A House of Pomegranates (1891) The Happy Prince and Other... Continue Reading →


by Voltaire “I have been in several provinces. . . in all, the principal occupation is love, the next is slander, and the third is talking nonsense.” Candide seems to have mastered one central theme, and the book will pound you over the head with it: If a man is standing over an open cesspool,... Continue Reading →

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