Dubliners..not a book review

Finally finished reading James Joyce’s Dubliners, a collection of 15 short-stories. I had been reading it for a couple of years. That for me is the problem with short-stories. I take liberties with them. I read one, then abandon the book and come back to it much later. I took less time reading Gone with the Wind!
So I shall not say how much I liked Dubliners. I remember liking a few stories; I immensely liked the last one (“The Dead”).


Book Review- Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Hunger has been on my “to-read” list for a long time. Written in first person, this is a story of an unconventional and eccentric guy who struggles to make ends meet by writing. For the most part of the story he struggles with hunger and strives to find food to sustain. More importantly, I think he strives for acceptance. What I liked the best about the book are the mood swings he undergoes; at times optimistic, mostly depressed, and sometimes even suicidal. They were brilliantly captured. This is a short book (translated by George Egerton) of 176 pages. This is a very well-crafted, emotional and poignant story that grips the reader.