The Hobbit Review

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an Oxford professor in the early 1930’s. While correcting papers, he came across a page that had been left blank. Feeling a rush of inspiration, he wrote: “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” What was a hobbit? He didn’t know. He also didn’t know that this …

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Trainspotting Review

In the mid-to-late 80’s, Edinburgh was the heroin capital of the world. After all, it was cheap, impossibly addictive, and everywhere. The city was ravaged by drug culture and the violence, crime and debauched self-interest it spawned. Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting grabs hold of us and plunges us into this world of degenerates, this black pit of …

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Moby Dick Review

Moby-Dick was an odyssey of revenge and madness the likes of which the world had never seen. Author Herman Melville drew inspiration from his own time at sea and spent over a year and a half crafting what would eventually be honoured as a Great American Novel. I say eventually because its initial reception wasn’t …

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Animal Farm Review

Before his seminal 1984, George Orwell honed his political and social commentary with Animal Farm. Few would have thought that a book about talking farm animals could be an allegory for the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the dictatorial regime of Joseph Stalin, let alone one so insightful and empathetic. Orwell shows us how easy …

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1984 Review

Few books have had such a lasting impact on the political landscape as 1984. George Orwell’s masterpiece served, and still serves, as a grim warning about the governing systems we let dictate our lives. Whenever a political entity is thought be overstepping their bounds (see the recent NSA snooping scandal), instant comparisons to 1984 are …

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