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 Scenes of Clerical LifeScenes of Clerical Life by The Ovi Team
November 6th 1856; “Scenes of Clerical Life”, the first work of fiction by the author later known as George Eliot, is submitted for publication.
 Filming the Metaphor: Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the StormFilming the Metaphor: Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Anton Chekhov's "The Head of the Family"Anton Chekhov's "The Head of the Family" by The Ovi Team
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov\'s birth, here is \"The Head of the Family\", one of his short stories published in \"THE TALES OF CHEKHOV: VOLUME 3\" and translated into English by Constance Garnett.
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 How To Write and Self-Publish Your Own BookHow To Write and Self-Publish Your Own Book by Jack Wellman
 Forget Disney's hyphenless PoohForget Disney's hyphenless Pooh by Asa Butcher
There is only one way I want to start this review celebrating Winnie-the-Pooh and that is to accuse Disney of ripping the soul out of this lovable octogenarian teddy bear and profiteering from his famous gang of frie
 Vocabularies of dreamsVocabularies of dreams by David Sparenberg
 On the Element of FireOn the Element of Fire by David Sparenberg
 International Literacy DayInternational Literacy Day by Thanos Kalamidas
Today one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women while 75 million children are out of school. Since its foundation in 1946, UNESCO has been at the forefront of global literacy efforts and is dedicated to keeping literacy
 The caterpillar with an appetiteThe caterpillar with an appetite by Asa Butcher
In the summer of 2001, the New York Post reported that President George W. Bush never leaves the White House without his copy of the children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar - well, well, the infamous man did have some
 Il Capo Di Tutti Capi Strikes AgainIl Capo Di Tutti Capi Strikes Again by Alexandra Pereira
“You publish a book if it is good, you don’t if it is bad”Giulio Einaudi, on his aversion to publish (or not) a book due to financial or political reasonsNo: all the scandals, the cases of corruption an
 The Catcher in the money fieldThe Catcher in the money field by Thanos Kalamidas
In the times where Warhol’s prophecy of everybody will be famous for ten minutes has come true, the times when there is a reality show with the nightmarish Orwellian name “Big Brother”, where even the people who came up with the
 An interview with Lucy Bushill-MatthewsAn interview with Lucy Bushill-Matthews by Fiona Zerbst
I wrote the book because moving back to South Africa two years ago changed everything. In England I was engaged daily and practically with my community. Uprooting and moving to South Africa gave me the mental and physical space to write about a su
 The Latest on the Nexus between Science and ReligionThe Latest on the Nexus between Science and Religion by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
What follows is a concise presentation of a book just out and a short bio of its author, as found in the pages of the on-line journal Global Spiral (a scholarly
 Coping in the CapeCoping in the Cape by Fiona Zerbst
Rozena Maart, winner of the Journey Prize for emerging authors, offers five intriguing short stories in her debut collection Rosa’s District 6. District 6, apartheid South Africa’s famous home to non-whites, childre
 The Centre of the Universe: The passing of John UpdikeThe Centre of the Universe: The passing of John Updike by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Hans Wilhelm, distinguished children's author: I wish children were our teachers!Hans Wilhelm, distinguished children's author: I wish children were our teachers! by K. Ziabari & A. Tavassoli
 RIP: Harold PinterRIP: Harold Pinter by Thanos Kalamidas
Finding out that Harold Pinter had died saddens me, especially after returning to his speech when he accepted the
 24-hour Ovi Bookshop24-hour Ovi Bookshop by The Ovi Team
"A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume-something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it
 Music, Song & BooksMusic, Song & Books by The Ovi Team
Travis Bird and Rebecca Clamp are soon coming to sing at Arkadia International Bookshop!
 "Minä elän" Finnish literature"Minä elän" Finnish literature by Thanos Kalamidas
To write an article about Finnish literature, especially about Alexis Kivi, is something I found very difficult. I think the main reason was not that there is a lack of rich Finnish literature, on the contrary, but mainly because there is so
 The day of Finnish literatureThe day of Finnish literature by Asa Butcher
Finland has its flags up again today to honour both Aleksis Kivi Day and Finnish Literature Day, since Kivi is commonly referred to as the creator of modern Finnish literature. When it came to deciding how to approach
 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's eternal archipelagoAleksandr Solzhenitsyn's eternal archipelago by Thanos Kalamidas
 007 #1007 #1 by Asa Butcher
May 28th 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming's birth, so I decided to commemorate the day by reviewing the first literary appearance of everybody's favourite English spy. James Bond, secret agent
 Beijing's BookwormBeijing's Bookworm by Valerie Sartor
“I’ve been in Beijing over fifteen years, actually I came here to study music at the Central Conservatory of Music but I think of myself as only an amateur musician,” Alexandra “Alex”
 Discworld lives!Discworld lives! by Alexander Mikhaylov
Nowadays Terry Pratchett stands among a crowd of contemporary authors as a proverbial giant. Some say he is the only contemporary English language writer who merits serious attention and some dismiss him as a merely
 The Man and the hat, a.k.a. Terry PratchettThe Man and the hat, a.k.a. Terry Pratchett by Jarkko Vaheristo
My first encounter with Terry Pratchett's literature was in 1997. At the time I was in England as an exchange student, and walked into a Barnes and Noble bookstore. I was
 It's not all Harry PotterIt's not all Harry Potter by Thanos Kalamidas
I’m going to borrow an intro Asa has used because I feel like it works perfectly with what I want to write. Did I like the Harry Potter series? Yes! Do I believe Harry Potter series helped children’s literature? No! Actually, regarding
 Mills & Boon: A Man's ConfessionMills & Boon: A Man's Confession by Clint Wayne
As I entered the room my gaze was transfixed by the young couple standing by the French doors looking as if they were about to disappear into the darkness of the garden. The man was tall and muscular with a bronzed tan. The expression on his
 Laulajat ianikuisetLaulajat ianikuiset by Riku Pyhala
Kalevalan päivä? Sen kirjan, eriskummallisen kansalliseepoksen? Sen loputtoman pitkän riimirunotarinan, jota pakkoluetettiin peruskoulussa kuin ruotsin kieltä? Viime kuukausina olen sattumalta pal
 Smugglers Aloft!Smugglers Aloft! by Asa Butcher
Many years ago in secondary school I was sent to the Head of Year's office, which was quite out of character for me. I couldn't think of anything I had done wrong, yet here I was with my stomach churning the nerves
 Defining MomentDefining Moment by Jack Wellman
February 1st 1884 was a defining moment in history - at least for those who value accurate language, both spoken and written - because this was the birth of the Oxford English Dictionary, which was the most comprehensive definition of the
 Christopher Dawson and the Making of EuropeChristopher Dawson and the Making of Europe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1932 Christopher Dawson published a book titled The Making of Europe which had enormous success and established his reputation as a scholar of incredible range and erudition who could communicate with gre
 They huffed and they puffedThey huffed and they puffed by Asa Butcher
When my daughter was seven-months-old I wrote an article discussing the surrealism of nursery rhymes and the strange messages contained within their prose, but it seems that the world of chil
 Art In Politics - W.H. Auden: Poet of the Age of AnxietyArt In Politics - W.H. Auden: Poet of the Age of Anxiety by Rene Wadlow
Wystan Hugh Auden, whose birth 100 years ago in 1907, is marked this year by two separate groups of poetry readers. Each group celebrates half of his poetic life and rather tries to forget about the other half, seeing one pa
 Diego Fabbri's Trial of Western CivilizationDiego Fabbri's Trial of Western Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: Diego Fabbri's existential theater, passionately committed to the exploration of the human condition and the spirit of the age, is all but forgotten nowadays. That is unfortunate, for the theatrical produc
 A Christmas Meditation on Kazantzakis' 'Greek Passion'A Christmas Meditation on Kazantzakis' 'Greek Passion' by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Most people have heard of Nikos Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek and the controversial The Last Temptation of Christ made even more famous and controversial by Martin Scorsese’s film. But, to my m
 Go Ratchet!Go Ratchet! by Asa Butcher
Cast your mind back to Ovi's fifteenth theme issue, yes the one published in June 2006, now do you recall a book review entitled "Cool as f***"? I know some of you do because it inspired a number to rus
 Machiavelli and the RepublicMachiavelli and the Republic by Jack Wellman
The Merchants The landscape was totally devastated. Dead, blotted human corpses littered the field and valley. It seemed the whole of Europe and Ital
 How to write a great novel or advice for an aspiring writerHow to write a great novel or advice for an aspiring writer by Alexander Mikhaylov
When art becomes a plaything of politics, it ceases to be art and turns into propaganda. When it follows political or social fad, it becomes trash. It is especially noticeable when an utterly stupid, half-cooked book suddenly
 Muerte en VeneciaMuerte en Venecia by Alexandra Pereira
En esta lectura de Muerte en Venecia, este me pareció un libro aunque si bien mas que perfecto del punto de vista de su estructura, se entiende mejor desde el prisma que lo leí la primera vez. Quiero volver
 Lost in murderLost in murder by Thanos Kalamidas
My favorite Finnish literature book has long been Väinö Linna’s Under the North Star, when I finished the trilogy my first reaction, since I’d read it in English and not in its o
 A Helluva LifeA Helluva Life by Eduardo Alonso
For the last couple of weeks I have been hooked with the autobiography of the American writer and filmmaker Samuel Fuller. It reads like a novel. A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking was
 The King of HorrorThe King of Horror by Thanos Kalamidas
It just happened that in the last few days I decided to read again a book entitled Insomnia and you guessed well if you thought Stephen King is the author! It is the story of a seventy-year-old man who’s suf
 Mr and Mrs PirateMr and Mrs Pirate by Asa Butcher
What could be more appropriate than a review of a pirate-themed book on International Talk like a Pirate Day? Don't worry, me hearties, I shall not be writing this review using pirate vernacular nor
 Stuffed dogs, burlesque & M*A*S*HStuffed dogs, burlesque & M*A*S*H by Asa Butcher
There was one thing that I never knew about Alan Alda until I started reading his autobiography: I don't really like him! I don't hate him, but he has never ranked among my favourite actors or made me want to
 Bin Laden, a Child of Western Civilization?Bin Laden, a Child of Western Civilization? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In an intriguing book titled Occidentalism: the West in the Eyes of its Enemies, Avishar Margalit and Ian Buruma argue that Bin Laden is a child of the West, in as much as he is with
  Jane of Thought: Hail for International Literacy Day Jane of Thought: Hail for International Literacy Day by Jane Eagle
Hey there stranger, come on keeeeeep reading this article in all your glory ‘cause that’s what this day is about -your ability to read –furthermore: to write a comment, a shopping list, a will, a birthday
 Dia Mundial da LiteraturaDia Mundial da Literatura by Alexandra Pereira
Celebra-se no dia 8 de Janeiro o Dia Mundial da Literatura. Para comemorar o evento, há muita gente que se esquece...! De facto, celebrar a Literatura é lê-la. Nem mais. E durante todo o ano (também se respira todos os dias, n
 My First 'Useless' WordsMy First 'Useless' Words by Asa Butcher
It was only a matter of time before I exchanged adult literature for bedtime stories and educational books, but it has opened a new dimension between father and daughter to such an extent that Daddy’s job is the reading. Every night, as part
 Fact and FictionFact and Fiction by Jack Wellman
When a longtime friend asked me what I thought about the controversial book and movie, The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, I was prepared with a response. I started looking at columnist’s reviews about it in light of what is known about Jesus i
 Carving it upCarving it up by Asa Butcher
In 1961 Kenneth Connor, Sid James and Shirley Eaton starred in Pat Jackson’s comedy What a Carve Up! The plot is about a rich uncle who dies, but to claim any inheritance the relatives must spend the n
 The Lovers of Molly LaneThe Lovers of Molly Lane by Asa Butcher
When a friend recommended Amsterdam as an excellent book to read I immediately ordered it from the local library and began reading it on the day it arrived in my hands. The title led me to believe the book w
 What a bastard!What a bastard! by Asa Butcher
Never in my literary life have I encountered such an offensive main character as Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a Scottish police officer who embodies every negative aspect of a human being. He is a corrupt, sex
 Dear FranklinDear Franklin by Asa Butcher
"It's nearly midnight. Are you coming to bed soon?" asked my wife, I looked up from the book and showed her that there were only a few pages left…fifty to be exact, "I want to finish this
 Staring into the magician's eyesStaring into the magician's eyes by Asa Butcher
"I finally finished Sophie's Choice, err I mean, Sophie's World!" I exclaimed to Thanos, after four weeks of steady progress through its 480-pages. Thanos smiled and asked, "So, did it ma
 George and LennieGeorge and Lennie by Asa Butcher
John Steinbeck is lucky he died in 1968 because I was going to get a restraining order against his stalking author ass. I was happily reading Casino Royale when Ian Fleming suddenly compares one of the hench
 Sprites, spirits, spooks and slimeSprites, spirits, spooks and slime by Jan Sand
I cut my first literary teeth on the usual big bright colored books, but quickly zipped into the available fantastic adventures available in the local library. I swept through Andrew Lang’s Blue,
 Sting in the taleSting in the tale by Asa Butcher
'As a piece of writing, The Wasp Factory soars to the level of mediocrity. Maybe the crassly explicit language, the obscenity of the plot, were thought to strike an agreeably avant-garde note
 This is my life: Wangari MaathaiThis is my life: Wangari Maathai by Amin George Forji
Celebrated environmentalist, Wangari Maathai of Kenya became the first African woman to win the prestigious Noble Peace Prize, in recognition of her work to rehabilitate the environment. Using a community-based metho
 Marlow & KurtzMarlow & Kurtz by Asa Butcher
I have been writing iKritics for nearly two years and no other book has given me more trouble than Heart of Darkness. The biggest problem was the opening paragraph: should
 Pieces of eight!Pieces of eight! by Asa Butcher
September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day and, in honour of the aforementioned day, here is a past Ovi review of the epitomy of pirate novels: "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-- Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink
 Nikos Kazantzakis: The truth of an alleged excommunicationNikos Kazantzakis: The truth of an alleged excommunication by Anna Oistros
For over fifty years since his death, everybody believed that the Nobel Prize winning Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis had been excommunicated from the Greek Orthodox Church. This was not true.
 International Literacy DayInternational Literacy Day by Asa Butcher
On September 8th, 1966, the World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy began in Tehran, Iran, and a result of this meeting was to proclaim that the opening date of the conference woul
 Thanks, AlbertThanks, Albert by Asa Butcher
When I told Thanos my plan was to write an iKritic for Please, Mr Einstein (Einstein S'il Vous Plait) he arched his eyebrows, smiled and wished me luck. I understood exactly what he meant becaus
 What the Dickens!What the Dickens! by Asa Butcher
G.C.S.E. English Literature has a great deal to answer for. The classics we were forced to read for our exams in secondary school were often too boring, heavy going and weighted with long-winded descriptions. The endurance test we underwent has sa
 Dan Brown: AuthorDan Brown: Author by Asa Butcher
Dan Brown, or Mr. Da Vinci Code, has written more than one book some of you maybe shocked to learn. In fact, this is the first Dan Brown novel I have read and that means that I am one of the few yet to read the aforementioned much-discussed book.
 Don't spurn VerneDon't spurn Verne by Asa Butcher
My own journey into the world of literature continues with this literary classic from the famous French author and pioneer of the science fiction genre, Jules Gabriel Verne. His novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Voyage au centre de la Terr
 Passion for the ChristPassion for the Christ by Asa Butcher
A few hours ago I completed my first Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel and a few minutes ago, while researching some details for this review, I started reading it again. This novel marked a number of other firsts for me, I had never read any Greek li
 Eco my thoughtsEco my thoughts by Asa Butcher
Nothing would have ever made me read this book if Thanos had not presented it to me with a knowing smile and a slight nod of his head. The title alone was startling and the quotes on the back cover troubled me even more, ‘a Shakespearean alt
 Wilde-ly gayWilde-ly gay by Asa Butcher
“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all,” writes Oscar Wilde in the preface of the book that is accredited to his downfall, when it was used as evidence against him a
 Solitary freedomSolitary freedom by Asa Butcher
Where to begin? The cover was dull and uninspiring, the title carried an air of depression and overall I was not tempted to begin a journey of 100 years. It was then that the little cliché pirate, which writers should keep securely gagged and
 The second strawThe second straw by Asa Butcher
Before Thanos encouraged me to start a long classic literature journey, I used to read a great deal of contemporary fiction, such as Iain Banks, Ben Elton and Michael Marshall Smith. However, every traveller deserves a break, so I pulled over and
 Bourne againBourne again by Thanos Kalamidas
As a principal I never read books that involve heroes from another writer. Somehow I'd much rather read the original. Robert Ludlum has been one of my favorites for a long time and I have to admit that I still read his books when I want a brea
 The life of Philip PirripThe life of Philip Pirrip by Asa Butcher
145 years have passed since Mr Charles Dickens penned this novel and he can finally rest easy because I am going to give my long-awaited opinion of this literary classic that regularly appears in 'Greatest Novels of All Time' lists and GCS
 Ukraine and tractorsUkraine and tractors by Asa Butcher
Yes, the title is one of the strangest you are ever likely to see and the cover does little to help matters, but the debut novel of Marina Lewycka has slowly gained the popularity it deserves via word-of-mouth.The first comment I must
 Allende introductionAllende introduction by Asa Butcher
My reading list of late had been particularly male-dominated, so Thanos suggested a book by Isabel Allende, a Chilean author and one of the most popular novelists in the world today, selling over 35 million copies and translated in 27 different la
 Controversial ClarksonControversial Clarkson by Asa Butcher
For those unacquainted with the man called Jeremy Clarkson, he is the presenter of the BBC car programme Top Gear and known for his controversial comments on all topics. He infamously microwaved a map of Wales on TV because Scotland would
 Blessing in disguiseBlessing in disguise by Asa Butcher
Bane, n: something that causes misery or death.'Bane' was not a warning about the quality of the book, just the title of a cracking horror/suspense novel penned by Joe Donnelly. I had never heard of the author or read
 My Dear WatsonMy Dear Watson by Asa Butcher
Why should you read Sherlock Holmes? It's elementary my dear reader, for he is the foremost literary detective that walked the streets of Victorian London. He has been immortalised through films, television series, cartoons and comic strips, b
 Eloi &  MorlocksEloi & Morlocks by Asa Butcher
‘Upon that machine,’ said the Time Traveller, holding the lamp aloft, ‘I intend to explore time. Is that plain? I was never more serious in my life.’ None of us quite knew how to take it.
 Apocalypse thenApocalypse then by Thanos Kalamidas
Since the lingua franca of Christ’s period was Greek, the four evangelists and the other contributors to the Bible all wrote in Greek and since I am Greek and spent at least eight years of my
 Bolted to the pageBolted to the page by Thanos Kalamidas
In 1816, the poet Percy Shelley and his wife Mary were enjoying a Swiss holiday with a group of friends, including Lord Byron, when the group decided to tell ghost stories to one another. Nothing particular
 The Opera GhostThe Opera Ghost by Asa Butcher
Forget Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lon Chaney or the dozens of other interpretations, let's go straight back to the original literary material published nearly a century ago. The Phantom of the Opera is synonymous with unrequited love, masked mon
 The Baltic, Bob and a boatThe Baltic, Bob and a boat by Asa Butcher
Many of you will know Griff Rhys-Jones as one half of the comedy duo Smith and Jones from their 1980's sketch show Alas Smith and Jones (or Lunta tupaan as the Finns called it), while those who ha
 Postmodernism deconstructedPostmodernism deconstructed by John Ray
I rarely read philosophy these days. I went into the basic philosophical questions in my student days and shortly thereafter had published my conclusions about the nature of mind, the nature of ethics, the nature of cause and
 Katy did what?Katy did what? by Asa Butcher
Upon naming our daughter Katie, I began to notice book, movie and song titles that featured her name. However, it took the suggestion of my mum to discover a book called What Katy Did. Ok, the spelling is slightly different,
 Ludlum's historical fictionLudlum's historical fiction by Thanos Kalamidas
In the last issue of Ovi Magazine, I referred to Robert Ludlum, one of my favourite authors, and, after that, I decided to re-read his very first book, The Scarlatti Inheritance. In that a
 Promises conspiredPromises conspired by Thanos Kalamidas
The last issue was full of promises, at least that was the theme of the issue and since it was full of promises I decided to read a book with a…promising title: "Promises to Keep" by George Bernau. I've never read anything from
 Cool as f***Cool as f*** by Asa Butcher
What is the coolest book you have ever read? I mean a seriously stylish book that made you say, 'Wow! I wish that was me'? A book which threatens serious damage to your optic nerve because you can't read fast enough and causes sleep-de
 Da Vinci's copeDa Vinci's cope by Thanos Kalamidas
Most likely everybody has heard about the film "The Da Vinci Code" or at least heard about it from the news, an intellectual show or in the church, especially if you are a believer. Most of the time people who haven't read the book o
 
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