I think I've been avoiding this play for years. I, like most people who read or see Medea for the first time knew what happens, but not how it happens. Normally I start these 'Thoughts On' posts by saying I keep this a spoiler-free zone, but I'm going to take it for granted for this … Continue reading Thoughts On Medea by Euripides
Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash * I've found myself in a very strange place recently, a place I never thought I'd find myself. It began when I started to read The Kill by Émile Zola a couple of weeks ago. Not being a very long novel, I anticipated it wouldn't take me too long to get through … Continue reading To Read or Not to Read Two Books at Once
Classic readers are a lucky bunch when it comes to book covers. Almost universally, classic books are covered in great artworks or designs, that add an extra special treat to having a great book on the bookshelf. This blog post is going to be light on words but big on pictures, so enjoy the following … Continue reading Book Covers to Make People Envious of your Bookcase
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
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!
Photo by Moodywalk on Unsplash * I, like many people was very disturbed to learn of the recent and sudden death of the basketball icon Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, as well as several other people, in a helicopter crash on Sunday. With this, and the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of … Continue reading Books that help You Cope with Life
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