Hell Is The Absence Of God: Summary, Analysis and Review

Hell is the Absence of God is a short story (novellete) written by Ted Chiang. First published in 2001, this story primarily revolves around Neil Fisk, a recent widower, who lost his beloved wife in the aftermath of an Angel’s visitation. “Obedience, he might have managed, but sincere, heart-felt love (for God)? That was aContinue reading “Hell Is The Absence Of God: Summary, Analysis and Review”

Eisenheim the Illusionist: Short Story Summary, Analysis, Review

Eisenheim The Illusionist is a short story written by Steven Milhauser. It was first published in 1989. It tells the story of a magician who becomes so good in his craft that people start believing that he has sold his soul to the devil and can therefore perform real magic. Eisenheim the Illusionist: Summary &Continue reading “Eisenheim the Illusionist: Short Story Summary, Analysis, Review”

A Good Man Is Hard To Find: Summary, Review, Analysis

A Good Man Is Hard to Find is a short story written by Flannery O’Connor. It was first published in 1953 in a collection of short stories titled “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” You might have heard this old proverb – don’t judge a book by its cover. In my recent reading experience,Continue reading “A Good Man Is Hard To Find: Summary, Review, Analysis”

A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review

In his simple but heart-wrenching short story A Simple Heart, Gustave Flaubert portrays a simple woman, with a big heart devoted to the service of her mistress for the majority of her life. The tale, simple on the surface, has deep messages for the reader inside A Simple Heart: Summary and Plot Analysis The storyContinue reading “A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review”

Exhalation by Ted Chiang: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review

Exhalation is a short story written by Ted Chiang. It’s a short story from his collection titled “Exhalation: Stories”. It is a story about cyborgs who live on a different planet and use mental lungs to breathe everyday. ‘Will it be preferable to remain mute to prolong our ability to think, or to talk untilContinue reading “Exhalation by Ted Chiang: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review”

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Plot Analysis and Review

The Lottery`is a short story written by Shirley Jackson who’s an American author. First published in the New Yorker in 1948, the story is about a strange game of lottery that’s practiced in a village. Touted as one of the most famous short stories in American literature and first published in New Yorker in 1948,Continue reading “The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Plot Analysis and Review”

Cathedral by Raymond Carver: Summary, Analysis and Review

Cathedral is a short story written by Raymond Carver. This story was included in the ‘Best American Short Stories’ (1982). It’s the story of how a man’s perspective about blind people changes dramatically when he meets an extraordinary blind man who introduces him to a new realm of experience. “Cathedral” What’s the first thing thatContinue reading “Cathedral by Raymond Carver: Summary, Analysis and Review”

Whenever You Are About To Find Fault With Someone, Ask Yourself The Following Question – What Fault Of Mine Most Nearly Resembles The One I Am About To Criticize: Marcus Aurelius

I read this the other day and felt an itch, I would grand it up a little bit by calling it a philosophical version of Hell’s itch. Suffice to say that the itch is painful. Fun fact #1 In my life so far, I am yet to meet a person that likes to be criticized.Continue reading “Whenever You Are About To Find Fault With Someone, Ask Yourself The Following Question – What Fault Of Mine Most Nearly Resembles The One I Am About To Criticize: Marcus Aurelius”

If Anyone Tells You That A Certain Person Speaks ill Of You, Do Not Make Excuses About What Is Said Of You But Answer, “He Was Ignorant Of My Other Faults, Else He Would Not Have Mentioned These Alone.”: Epictetus

On one of my random internet surfing days, I came across this meme: Now if you are like me, you did smile looking at it, didn’t you? What you might not have done is put up a mental roster of people that you hate enough to say this. I am no angel but I couldn’tContinue reading “If Anyone Tells You That A Certain Person Speaks ill Of You, Do Not Make Excuses About What Is Said Of You But Answer, “He Was Ignorant Of My Other Faults, Else He Would Not Have Mentioned These Alone.”: Epictetus”

Flee Sloth; For the Indolence of the Soul is the Decay of the Body: Cato the Younger

You know what a sloth is, right? It is a lethargic, unbelievably slow and might I say adorable animal that lives on treetops and travels 41 yards per day – less than half the length of a football field – on average. Cato the Younger, in his famous quote, urges you to “flee sloth.” DoesContinue reading “Flee Sloth; For the Indolence of the Soul is the Decay of the Body: Cato the Younger”