Friday, 18 June 2021
An Artist of the Floating World (1986) is a novel by Nobel Prize- winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It is set in post-World War II Japan and is narrated by Masuji Ono, an ageing painter, who looks back on his life and how he has lived it. He notices how his once great reputation has faltered since the war and how attitudes towards him and his paintings have changed. The chief conflict deals with Ono's need to accept responsibility for his past actions, rendered politically suspect in the context of post-War Japan. The novel ends with the narrator expressing good will for the young white-collar workers on the streets at lunchbreak. The novel also deals with the role of people in a rapidly changing political environment and with
the assumption and denial of guilt.
The novel is considered as both historical fiction and global literature
(Weltliteratur). It is considered historical fiction on account of its basis in a past that predates the author's own experiences, and it draws from historical facts. It is also considered global literature on account of its broad international market and its thematicization of how the world today is interconnected. (Source)
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Nineteen Eighty-four - George Orwell
, also published as , novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949 as a warning against totalitarianism. The chilling dystopia made a deep impression on readers, and his ideas entered mainstream culture in a way achieved by very few books. The book’s title and many of its concepts, such as Big Brother and the Thought Police, are instantly recognized and understood, often as bywords for modern social and political abuses.
Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-four as a warning after years of brooding on the twin menaces of Nazism and Stalinism. Its depiction of a state where daring to think differently is rewarded with torture, where people are monitored every second of the day, and where party propaganda trumps free speech and thought is a sobering reminder of the evils of unaccountable governments. Winston is the symbol of the values of civilized life, and his defeat is a poignant reminder of the vulnerability of such values in the midst of all-powerful states. (Source)
Movie Adaptations (Source)
Crash Course - 1
Crash Course - 2
Summary of the novel
1984 - BBC-Why it still matters?
How to recognize a Dystopia?
What is Orwellian?
Introduction by Students
Monday, 14 June 2021
The Great Gatsby - by F. Scott Fitzgerald
, third novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Set in Jazz Age New York, the novel tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth. Unsuccessful upon publication, the book is now considered a classic of American fiction and has often been called the Great American Novel. (Click here to read more)
Additional Reading Resources (Click to open)
Introduction and Analysis of the novel 'The Great Gatsby':
Summary and Analysis of the novel 'The Great Gatsby'
Character Study - Nick Carraway, the Narrator
Understanding Jay Gatsby's character
Psychoanalytical Study of Jay Gatsby - Shame & Guilt
The study of the novel and the film adaptation - The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann
Tuesday, 1 June 2021
TVF's Aspirants: Pre... Mains aur Life
|1||"UPSC - Optional Me Kya Hai?"||Apoorv Singh Karki||Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish||7 April 2021|
|Abhilash entered the Old Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, to prepare for his UPSC CSE, |
which is famous for Coaching institutes of Civil service examinations.
He is trying to change his optional subject but the things become difficult as it is his last attempt.
|2||"Teacher Sahi Hona Chahiye"||Apoorv Singh Karki||Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish||14 April 2021|
|Abhilash became dissatisfied with his teacher in the institute eventually decided to leave his coaching |
institute as he is worried about his examination.
|3||"Positive Approach Rakh Yaar"||Apoorv Singh Karki||Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish||21 April 2021|
|After being taunted regarding his negative approach, Abhilash went to study at the library, where Dhairya |
enters his life after which things turn positive. But, things turns out impotent.
|4||"Plan B Kya Hai?"||Apoorv Singh Karki||Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish||28 April 2021|
|Finally, Abhilash realises that cracking UPSC is difficult, no matter how determined a candidate is. |
He also realises that he needs a backup plan.
|5||"UPSC - Pre...Mains aur Life."||Apoorv Singh Karki||Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish||8 May 2021|
|IAS Abhilash Sharma struggles when the past meets the present. Things took turn when Sandeep |
Bhaiya, his mentor cum friend from the past, returns as a colleague and advise him as he used to do.