I sort of felt ridiculous typing the title since it’s been awhile since I’ve even put a review on the blog but, never fear! I do have many coming down the pipeline so it’s okay. Really …..! 😉
Well, I decided to alter the Top Ten Tuesday topic a little and instead of my first ten reviews, I’m going to give you my favourite top ten. Here goes …
My Top Ten Favourite Reviews on My Blog
1. Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche : this is by far the most popular review on my blog and (this will surprise you) probably the funniest one that I’ve written. Nietzsche, while at times interesting, is nothing if not tedious and one cannot help poking fun at him.
2. The Warden by Anthony Trollope : written in journalistic form, I would say this is one of my more creative reviews!
3. The World of Tomorrow by E.B. White : this essay is my second most viewed review and interesting in its own right. White is certainly a master-essayist!
4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky : Dostoyevsky is never an easy read and this one was particularly difficult. Yet I think for my first read I was able to dig deeply enough to get more than I expected out of it. Now I have to go back to The Idiot and do the same.
5. Christianity and the Survival of Creation by Wendell Berry : this essay is my third most viewed review which at first surprised me but it shouldn’t have. Berry’s sensible and insightful views of what is most important at the root of life should be read by everyone. He’s a treasure!
6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare & on the same topic, Hamlet: the Prince or the Poem? : the first being the play and the second, C.S. Lewis’ lecture given on the heart of this favourite Elizabethan drama.
7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley : in spite of being only nineteen when she wrote it, this novel shows surprising perception, and the development of complex ideas for one so young. A masterpiece!
8. Paradise Lost by John Milton & A Preface to Paradise Lost by C.S. Lewis : perhaps it was timing but this wonderful poem vies for my top favourite. It’s not perfect but at points Milton surpasses a level that I would have thought unreachable. Lewis’ lecture is a must to get more marvellous insights.
9. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy : an epic story that is not to be missed, Tolstoy crafts a masterpiece. This was probably my most difficult review to write (also Decartes’ Meditations gave me nightmares! 😉 )
10. Fathers and Sons & What Is To Be Done? & Notes from the Underground – I put these three reviews together because interestingly they were part of a three-way conversation between these three great Russian authors. First, Turgenev wrote Fathers and Sons as a commentary on the collision of old traditions and the advent of new thought; Chernyshevsky in a rant in What Is To Be Done? responded to Turgenev’s views with his own take on a social order; and Dostoyevsky decided to blow Chernyshevsky’s views out of the water with his own response in Notes from the Underground which reached to the very depths of human behaviour. It’s a fascinating conversation and the books really need to be read consecutively to be truly understood.
And there are my ten+ reviews of which I’m most proud, not necessarily in numerical order because they are all liked for different reasons. If you have a favourite review of yours, please leave a link in the comments! I’d love to read it!
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