Virginia Woolf – The Waves

The inexplicable fear that surged through me at the very mention of Woolf’s name has alleviated somewhat after my first foray into her works three years ago. Granted it has taken me three years to pick up another book by one of the foremost modernists, but, it was also a book I picked up while […]

Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I’m not quite sure where to begin, but after finishing a Murakami novel, that’s not altogether too surprising. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is oft’ touted as Murakami’s best and most notable work, and that’s what I was hoping for – to be completely blown away. And yet, despite the book being bizarre and ambitious […]

Angela Carter – Nights At The Circus

When you start a book by Angela Carter, there’s only one thing that’s certain: you have no idea what you’re in for; nothing’s too crazy, nothing’s too bizarre. And of course, that’s why you love Angela Carter. Okay, scratch that. That’s why I love Angela Carter. A story partly inspired by the myth of Leda […]

Colette – Claudine at School

Written at the turn of the century (i.e. first published in 1900), this delightful and entertaining novel is an intimate diary of fifteen year old Claudine who attends school in Montigny in France. It’s scandalous, it’s humorous, and it’s feel-good. Largely autobiographical (and the first book of a four-part series), this book covers the last […]

Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man And The Sea

I have an absolutely ancient copy of this book lying around, and it’s actually bizarre that I’ve not read the book yet – it’s just 114 pages long! Published in 1974, the book cost just 30p at the time (US$0.45)! The book costs £7.99 now… let’s keep that musing for another day! The Old Man […]

Angela Carter – The Bloody Chamber

Claire sent me a copy of The Bloody Chamber last month, and I resisted opening it ’til the Angela Carter month kicked off. My previous experience with Angela Carter’s short stories collection wasn’t great, so despite the great things I’ve read about this collection, I was ever so slightly ambivalent about it. Nonetheless, my fears […]

Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway

Claire {@ kissacloud} and three friends are doing a Woolf In Winter read-along. The first book they’re tackling is Mrs. Dalloway, and it’s being hosted by Sarah {@ what we have here is a failure to communicate}. I picked up the Vintage classic last year, while idly browsing a second hand book store, and have […]

Dodie Smith – I Capture The Castle

Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle is another one of those books with a fantastic opening line, which makes the reader want more: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board, which I have padded with our dog’s blanket […]

Kurt Vonnegut – Breakfast of Champions

You know how it is – People recommend a book to you, you read the gist at the back, it looks interesting, you buy it, you live to regret it. That pretty much sums up Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, for me. I read the first 50 pages, and attributed the dullness to the book kicking […]

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

A book set in the future, but has a title inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest, Brave New World details a dystopian society. However, if you’re expecting to see shades of Orwell’s 1984, you’re in for a surprise. On the other hand, there are some small comparisons that can be made with Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, another […]

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