The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Book and Audiobook Review)

The Bell Jar is a relentlessly honest and haunting book written by Sylvia Plath. It tells the story of fictional character Esther Greenwood as she spirals into the depths of depression. The semi-autobiographical nature of the book makes it an even heavier read, given Plath's own depression and ultimate suicide in 1963, just a month…

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Book & Audiobook Review)

Arturo recently found an article called The 50 best audiobooks of all time. It's a great list, but the book that caught my attention was F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake Gyllenhaal is an outstandingly talented actor. I had no doubt that he'd make a great Nick Carraway, with his…

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Audiobook & Book Review)

One of Toni Morrison's best known novels, Beloved is an immensely moving account of loss, longing, memory and identity. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War America, the story centres on Sephe, who has escaped from a life of slavery, and her family. It tells of the legacy of slavery and the physical and psychological…

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange (Audiobook & Book Review)

I read this memoir by Nelson Mandela's former secretary, Zelda la Grange, at the end of last year. Or, to be more accurate, I listened to it on audiobook. In Good Morning, Mr Mandela, la Grange provides a uniquely human account of this icon of the modern age during his presidential and later years. It…