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
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash * "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." – Walt Disney As mentioned in my previous blog post, this is a (kind of) part 2 of why people read classics (or should). I've already talked about how I became a classics reader, but I … Continue reading Why Read the Classics?
First of all, I wish you all a very Happy New Year! I'm very excited that I now get to live through the 20's. Makes me want to absorb some classic novel from the jazz age such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I have 1o years to get to that. I truly wish that life … Continue reading How I Became a Classics Reader
Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash * Prior to turning 35 a few years ago, I decided to come up with a reading plan for the next 30 years. It wasn't to challenge myself to read a huge number of books, it was to select a group of classic books, and a small number of history books, and … Continue reading My Reading Plan of 300 Books
Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash 2019 has been a very strange and wonderful year for myself. Having started a classic literature blog in the summer, within a few short weeks my wife and I welcomed a child into our lives, and life has never been the same since. The joy a child brings to one's life can … Continue reading A Literary Vision for 2020
The Hangover by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec It has been years, and I mean years since I attempted a book review. Actually, I don't really want to call it a book review, it is more like my thoughts, as the title of the post suggests. Book reviews are for Amazon, and the 5 or 6 I … Continue reading Thoughts on L’Assommoir by Émile Zola