Monthly Archives: April 2018


Week 45: Howards End

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 have personalities - what would Gone [...]

By | 2018-04-24T15:26:10+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 44: The thoroughly modern Mrs. Bovary

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, seeing themselves as champions of [...]

By | 2018-04-18T16:27:26+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 43: Atonement

Who of us are so perfect that we've never wished we could go back and do something differently? Or simply not do it at all? Atonement, published in 2001 and filmed six years later, is generally believed to be one of Ian McEwan's best novels. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made TIME [...]

By | 2018-04-10T15:12:39+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 42: The “other” Decline and Fall

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. If you missed it, your public library will have [...]

By | 2018-04-03T15:27:11+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments