A Californian’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

A Californian’s Tale is a short story published as part of his short story collection.  Written towards the tail end of his career, this short story sometimes seems a reflection of sorrows from his own life at that time. A Californian’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary and Plot Analysis The story narrated by an unnamed travelerContinue reading “A Californian’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”

Jakarta by Alice Munro: Plot Summary, Analysis & Review

Jakarta, a short story by Alice Munro, first appeared as part of her collection of short stories in Love of a Good Woman. Jakarta: Plot Summary and Analysis The story is set in Vancouver and spans over three decades, starting in the 1950s and lasting until 1990s. It is narrated in a back and forthContinue reading “Jakarta by Alice Munro: Plot Summary, Analysis & Review”

Was It Heaven? Or Hell? by Mark Twain: Summary and Review

Was it Heaven? Or Hell? is a short story that was published in early 1900s as part of Mark Twain’s short story collection The 30000 Bequest. As a child, have you ever been told not to lie?  Or lying is bad? Or lying brings you terrible misfortune? Lying is possibly the worst thing that youContinue reading “Was It Heaven? Or Hell? by Mark Twain: Summary and Review”

Goodbye and Good Luck: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review

Goodbye and Goodluck is a short story written by Grace Paley that was published in her collection called The Little Disturbances of Man by Doubleday in 1959. One of the more known stories from her collection, this story is a heartwarming tale of a woman in pursuit of love and her struggles with tradition inContinue reading “Goodbye and Good Luck: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review”

A Dog’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

A Dog’s Tale is a short story written by Mark Twain. It was first published in 1903. The story is told from the perspective of a dog and narrates the journey of a dog’s life.. Mark Twain had once said: If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not biteContinue reading “A Dog’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”

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”

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”

Cupid and the Paintbrush by PG Wodehouse: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review

Cupid and the Paintbrush is a short story written by PG Wodehouse – an English author and one of the most popular humorists of the 20th century. The story revolves around a man who proposes marriage to his love interest through a unique contest.  Let’s take a look at the plot summary of the shortContinue reading “Cupid and the Paintbrush by PG Wodehouse: Summary, Plot Analysis, Review”

So Now You Know What Else Existed In The World Outside Of You, Before You Knew Only About Yourself: Franz Kafka

I read this quote in Franz Kafka’s popular and absolutely amazing short story The Judgement. “So now you know what else existed in the world outside of you, before you knew only about yourself!” Reading this from the story felt like seeing through a kaleidoscope – moments from my own life where I was eitherContinue reading “So Now You Know What Else Existed In The World Outside Of You, Before You Knew Only About Yourself: Franz Kafka”

When There Is No One Left In The Living World Who Remembers You, You Disappear From This World. We Call It The Final Death

I got to hear this line recently while watching the Disney-Pixar movie Coco. Without ruining the movie for you, this quote is basically about dead people who are alive in their afterlife conditional on people in the living world remembering them. You and I both have seen movies emphasizing the importance of familial ties andContinue reading “When There Is No One Left In The Living World Who Remembers You, You Disappear From This World. We Call It The Final Death”