Thoughts On Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Well, it took me 3 attempts, but finally I read and finished Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac. I say 3 attempts, the first 2 really were pathetic. I had tried reading it in-between reading Emile Zola novels last year, but barely got started, because truth be told, I was totally in Zola mode, and … Continue reading Thoughts On Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Let's Play a Game, Treasure Island Books!

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash * My last blog post was a bit sombre, so I've decided this one will be a lot more upbeat. Yes, I've created a game and it's called Treasure Island Books! I say 'created', it's probably better described as an 'adaptation', a bit like the BBC creating another Jane Austen miniseries, but … Continue reading Let's Play a Game, Treasure Island Books!

Thoughts on Germinal by Émile Zola

Here goes, the second of my 'thoughts' on a particular classic book on this blog. I stress again, as I did on my L’Assommoir post, that this is not a book review, and I don't do book reviews. This is just my own thoughts and notes that I put together, and in a usually incoherent … Continue reading Thoughts on Germinal by Émile Zola