The Afghan – A Book Review

“The Afghan”, written by Frederick Forsyth, sounds ominous and starts ominously. The reader eyes with acute foreboding each new paragraph. In the fight against the enemy, your whole life boils down to one moment and it all comes down to the interplay between quick reflexes and self-sacrifice. The intelligence catches wind of a major covert…

The Child of the Revolution – Napoleon

“I was born when my country was dying. Thirty thousand Frenchmen disgorged upon our shores, drowning the throne of liberty in a sea of blood – such was the hateful spectacle that offended my infant eyes.” Napoleon was hardly 20 in 1789 – the year the French Revolution broke out. Napoleon always maintained that he…

The Count of Monte Cristo Book Review

An epic story about revenge, an all time classic, and with movie adaptations to its name – Alexandre Dumas’s “the Count of Monte Cristo”. The story is about just deserts of malignant envy on one hand, and of the lust for vengeance on the other, which in the book manifests itself as an all consuming sickness…

Michelangelo

Understood by none, imitated by all, Michelangelo was charged with severing all real connections with the art of his time. But it was this passionate solitude that defined the genius of his work. This explained why Raphael left him unimpressed. He held Raphael to be in direct contrast to himself, and said his talent was…

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Book Review

Words fail me. Wilde says art is impersonal, and no more is his art impersonal than in his only novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. You need to have the faculties of Oscar Wilde to compartmentalize his own philosophies and put them aside to write a novel about a beautiful youth who sells his soul…

The Travels of Marco Polo

Italian merchant and adventurer Marco Polo’s account of his travels throughout Asia in the late thirteenth century served as the chief Renaissance source of information about the East. I earlier wrote about Shakespeare who explored the realm of human behavior. Like him, Marco Polo was an explorer of the realm of space and mind as…

Shakespeare Reigns Supreme By Sara Aziz

Shakespeare never bothered being original, and was in fact one of the greatest literary plagiarists. Plagiarism was customary in his time, and he borrowed and reshaped freely. Plots of his own invention are rare, most being based on other popular works or translations. And yet, his superiority and universality endure. He was superior because of…