Analysis: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Log 5 – James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man A Portrait of the Student as a Chronic Procrastinator   Jame Joyce calls his novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the thing to note is the word “portrait;” a portrait specifically of the artist. It is not a story or a journey necessarily, but an image that captures the essence of this young artist. This is reflected in the use of stream-of-consciousness in general, because the long winding thought threads Joyce takes us on often leave little room for actual plot … Continue reading Analysis: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

“At some point it becomes so overwhelming how many small details feel important that you kind of want to surrender what little control you have over the text, and stop speculating how each new development sets up a new thread or connects to another one. And again we’ve reached a general feeling of inevitability of…..something.” Continue reading Analysis: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami