Category Archives: classic

Classics are class?

I enjoyed this classic detective novel. It was evocative of the era, well executed, if a little predictable, and sufficiently complex to keep the reader entertained. If anything, I thought it a little ahead of its time. There were elements … Continue reading

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Nuts and bolts

What do we all know about Frankenstein? That question could be helpfully rephrased as ‘what do we all think we know about Frankenstein based on some cultural references which are less than helpful?’. The book itself turns all the cultural … Continue reading

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Watching who?

  oooo… Another classic and “must read”. This time its Orwell’s dystopian vision of the future in 1984. We follow the story of Winston Smith a single member of the party and working in the Ministry of truth. His activities … Continue reading

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Journeyman

This is one of those books which many claim to have read and yet others will look down upon you for not having read it. An intellectual snobbishness has grown up around its presence. It appears on lists of books … Continue reading

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A few steps

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time. I was initially piqued by the film which was released in 1978 but the desire remained in my memory. The kindle is a great way of acquiring these books … Continue reading

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The bright lights

F Scott Fitzgerald wrote the Great Gatsby and there has been a vast amount written about it ever since. There have been essays on its allusion to the economic climate of the day and the morals or otherwise of the … Continue reading

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Flossie

Good grief! That was a bit of a marathon! I have just finished “Mill on the Floss” by George Eliot. I found it a truly brilliant read, but I have spent rather too long at it. It is certainly a … Continue reading

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