Analysis: “Buddha’s Little Finger” by Victor Pelevin

An explanation about this series PDF Version with notes Log 8(mini): Victor Pelevin – Buddha’s Little Finger As a sophomore in Honors Humanities, I read The Master and Margarita for a book talk, and it seems that most of it went over my head. I had hoped that my second attempt at Russian literature with absurdist elements, with Victor Pelevin’s Buddha’s Little Finger, would go better, but it doesn’t feel like it has. To put simply, my answer to the question of what this book was trying to convey is essentially “I don’t know.” Given the nature of the book … Continue reading Analysis: “Buddha’s Little Finger” by Victor Pelevin

Analysis: Comparison of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” and Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull”

First log post with explanation of what this train wreck is And it is always a train wreck, though, in my opinion, sometimes a pleasant one–an experience worth going through. Perhaps that is not very true for this early log, but in my defense, it’s rather difficult forcing an analytical comparison between “Arcadia” and “Seagull” through the lense of romanticism at 2 AM in the morning, while having never actually analyzed any play besides Shakespeare before. Here we go! PDF Version   The comedy that wasn’t very funny and the play that used the Chekhov’s gun principle more than Chekhov … Continue reading Analysis: Comparison of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” and Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull”

Analysis: If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

  First log post with explanation of what this train wreck is A note before I begin. My teacher personally didn’t like this book. In fact, he quit halfway, so there are some pointed references to that. 10/07/2016 Log 2 – Italo Calvino – If on a winter’s night a traveler You are about to begin reading Lauren Zhang’s new log on Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Best not think about the multitude of logs that still await you. Or perhaps this is your last one, in which case, dispel … Continue reading Analysis: If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino