100 Word Book Reviews

Every book review is exactly one hundred words long

100-Word-Book-Reviews was originally an idea for a website that I started back in April 2007. The website was dropped in favour of a Blogger blog, and was merged with DavidPatrickHurley.com in April 2012, which was turned into DavidHurleyInJapan.com in December 2016.

The Concept

I want to write reviews of all the books I read, but in the hectic hurley-burley of this fleeting life I seldom do. Then I bethought me, what if I limited myself to just one hundred words? The sheer concision would present a challenge, yet a review could be done within an hour. Hyphenated words which occur in The Oxford English Dictionary would count as one word. I permitted myself the liberty of choosing up to three quotations from the book which would be appended to the review. The author’s surname should appear somewhere in the review at least once.

100 words.

David Hurley


100 Word Book Reviews

  • Seth Godin: Tribes
  • Robert Greene: The 48 Laws of Power
  • W. F. & E. S. Friedman: The Shakespearian Ciphers Examined
  • William Shakespeare: Romeo And Juliet
  • John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Hermann Knell: To Destroy A City
  • Kay McSpadden: Notes from a Classroom
  • Kishore Mahbubani: Can Asians Think?
  • Shigeyoshi Matsumae: Materialism in Search of a Soul
  • Graham Greene: The Lawless Roads
  • David Peace: The Damned Utd
  • Joseph Conrad: Almayer’s Folly
  • Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich
  • George Steiner: The Death of Tragedy
  • Matsuo Basho: The Narrow Road to Oku
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts
  • Eric Hoffer: The Ordeal of Change