Four months is a long time in blogging world. Yes, it has been that long since my last blog post in June, and boy has the world continued to get stranger since then. I certainly am not going to use this blog to put the world straight, even if I knew what that meant, but … Continue reading Coming Back from an Unintentional Break
Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash * With the passing of Bloomsday on 16th June meant 2 special occasions (actually 3 but that moment's over). First of all, this blog is 1 years old. Now, I know it doesn't seem like it, because I wrote 2 blog posts in June last year, and then nothing … Continue reading End of Year 4 / Start of Year 5 in my 30 Year Reading Plan
Photograph by Pete Halewood of Barton-on-Sea Life. Happiness. Depression. Responsibility. Love. Sacrifice. Boredom. Isolation. Charity. Jealousy. Purpose. Disappointment. Resilience. Pain. Those are the words that came to me when I asked myself what the novel The Bright Side of Life by Émile Zola was about. The original French title is Le Joie de Vivre, and … Continue reading Thoughts On The Bright Side of Life by Émile Zola
Photographs by Pete Halewood I'm going to do something different with this blog post. Normally, when I finish a book, I write a 'Thoughts On' article, but for whatever reason, whether it is the bank holiday weekend here in England, or whether I'm just keen to move on to new things, the words are just … Continue reading The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola – in pictures
Photo by Road Trip with Raj on Unsplash * "Why don't you read something fun for a change?" I actually get this question quite a lot. I normally brush the question off like a bug on my shoulder, my response generally being "I don't know what you mean by fun", but I have started to think lately about … Continue reading Is it Fun to Read the Classics?
This is my fourth ‘Thoughts On’ post of an Émile Zola book, and as well as talking about the novel Nana itself, I will also reflect on judging others, something the novel made me think about a lot. What I would like to say right at the start is that after my rather disappointing experience … Continue reading Thoughts On Nana by Émile Zola (and some thoughts on judging others)
Just a quick blog post today, to say a very Happy Easter to all who visit my blog, whatever part of the world you are from! The weather has been and is surprisingly lovely in southern England, and I hope that despite the struggles with the world right now, you are safe, well and as … Continue reading Happy Easter to you All!
I've previously made no secret of the fact that I wasn't greatly enthralled reading The Kill (La Curée in its native french). The 2nd title in Zola's great Les Rougon-Macquart series, this is the first novel of Zola's that I have struggled reading. I normally start these 'Thoughts On' posts by stating that this is … Continue reading Thoughts On The Kill by Émile Zola
I am very excited to be part of Fanda Kutubuku's annual Zoladdiction event this year, a celebration of the works of Émile Zola, during his birthday month (April). I would like to encourage anyone and everyone to be a part of the event this year, so why not choose a Zola novel to read during … Continue reading Zoladdiction 2020
A scene from The Odyssey 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of the times' - so begins Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. In this moment, we are somewhere within that sentence. We are in the best of times the human race has ever known. We are living … Continue reading Now is the Time to Start Reading the Classics