The first-person narrative by a woman depicts not only the process of her getting mad but also the existence of a repressive (male-dominated) society. A wonderfully crafted and very disturbing short story.
Im Cheungjun’s book reviews
I was amazed when I found that Ludwig Wittgenstein was a gread admirer of this novel and would have written a fan letter if he could have found the publisher's address. Totally hilarious.
I enjoyed this very much though the story is long and may seem to be winding a little. I like it because the story is not too "melodramatic" as many of the Victorian sensation novels are, and each character is well-drawn.
Graham falls into a coma and wakes up after two hundred years to find himself the master of the world. This is a dystopian novel like "Brave New World" and "1984", but is more action-packed. I enjoyed the nightmarish atmosphere of the story.
I love modernist novels like Ulysses and At Swim-Two-Birds, but this novel made me re-recognize the tremendous achievements of an old masters, Arnold Bennett. I was really deeply absorbed in reading this for five days. Wonderful storytelling.
As a Japanese citizen, I was amazed to find that the working condition in England a hundred years ago is so similar to that of the present Japan where 10 million people work in low-paid jobs with no security or social benefits. This novel gives me a lot of food for thought.
An American millionaire buys a prestigious English hotel to find that an international conspiracy is brewing behind its dazzling facade. This is a great mystery/adventure story. Highly recommended.
Great read. The suspenseful story with the theme of false memory reminds me of some of the great short stories of Philip K. Dick.