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Week 45: Howards End

Howards End book review I've always had a fondness for books about houses. The Fall of the House of Usher is one of the scariest (and will be reviewed here once I get up the nerve to reread it), but there are others that come to mind: Brideshead Revisited, Bleak House, Wuthering Heights, A House for Mr. Biswas. Houses [...]

By | 2018-09-07T23:51:43+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 44: The thoroughly modern Mrs. Bovary

Madame Bovary book review Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880) came of age during a time of transition between the revolution of 1830 and that of 1848. It was an era of tremendous political and intellectual upheaval, a time when poets and writers like Wordsworth, Coleridge and Walter Scott denounced the rationalism of the Enlightenment, [...]

By | 2018-09-08T00:00:02+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 42: The “other” Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh book review This time last year BBC 2 brought to the screen a "ghastly gaggle of braying Oxford toffs", as one reviewer put it, in a delightfully-cast three-part adaptation of Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh's 1928 satire on the great and the good of England, between the wars. [...]

By | 2018-09-08T01:36:18+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments