Friday, 18 June 2021

Artist Floating World

 An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro



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)

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

1984

 Nineteen Eighty-four - George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-four, also published as 1984novel 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)

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Online Test - Check your understanding of the novel

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Crash Course - 1

   

Crash Course - 2

   


Newspeak

   

Video Summary

   

Summary of the novel

   

1984 - BBC-Why it still matters?

   

How to recognize a Dystopia?

   

What is Orwellian?

   

Introduction by Students

   

Orwellian Explained

 

Monday, 14 June 2021

Great Gatsby

 The Great Gatsby - by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, 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)



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Online Test

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Introduction and Analysis of the novel 'The Great Gatsby':



Summary and Analysis of the novel 'The Great Gatsby'


Character Study - Nick Carraway, the Narrator


Tuesday, 1 June 2021

TVF's Aspirants Web Series

 TVF's Aspirants: Pre... Mains aur Life

1"UPSC - Optional Me Kya Hai?"Apoorv Singh KarkiDeepesh Sumitra Jagdish7 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 KarkiDeepesh Sumitra Jagdish14 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 KarkiDeepesh Sumitra Jagdish21 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 KarkiDeepesh Sumitra Jagdish28 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 KarkiDeepesh Sumitra Jagdish8 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.