I may have just finished my MA in Victorian Literature, but I'm quite unfamiliar with Charles Dickens's novels. However I had read A Tale of Two Cities (1859) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1840) before I started Great Expectations, so I knew I was in for a treat. I wouldn't consider myself a Dickens enthusiast … Continue reading Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)
I am not sure of this title. After all, every book published is a commercial object. I can't really imagine Penguin, Hachette or Harper Collins publishing a book just for the sake of it, without wanting the book to sell well. It's normal, and I have no problem with that - I'm sure most writers … Continue reading The Joys of Commercial Fiction
Last June, I took part in the MA conference organised by Queen Mary University of London, where I did an MA in Victorian Literature. I presented a paper on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, more precisely on its hero, Edward Rochester. I argue that he is a hero of romance as he is a fantasy, a … Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Rochester as A Hero of Romance
Evelina, or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World, is an epistemological novel retelling the young Evelina's adventures in Georgian London. Evelina was raised in the countryside by a minister, in relative solitude. Her mother had married a certain Sir John Belmont who abandoned his wife shortly after she was pregnant with … Continue reading Frances Burney, Evelina (1778)
Oh boy. I haven't posted for a while - once again. As in the past, I have good reasons to not have been present on here. For a start, I'm doing an MA and somehow, my free time has gradually disappeared. I had literally no weekends these past few months. Now that I'm 'just' focusing … Continue reading Ugh #5
Well, it was about time I did my annual summary of my readings on here! 2018 was a pivotal year for me; I recovered from a very dark time and I started my Masters degree in England - which I still can't quite get my head around. I thought I would reflect on the books … Continue reading 2018
When you start reading Villette, it is very hard to see what is so appealing about it. Lucy Snowe is so passive and odd, you actually wonder why she's the narrator and how this could become interesting. But then, you get caught up in her story and finish the book wondering what actually happened to you during your reading. I did not think the story of this novel was peculiarly gripping or rich, but when I first started to sum it up here, I realised that it was quite the opposite. There are so many things to say! So many things to be told! However, I would like to focus especially on the strength of Villette and how incredibly powerful this book is.
'It is incredibly difficult to sum up The Night Guest and do it justice, without completely revealing the end. What I can say is that this is a wonderful little gem about ageing, love, and trust. It is quite rare that recent releases give me a lot of things to say about them, I tend to read them to relax and change my mind from my beloved lengthy Victorian tomes. However, Fiona McFarlane's debut is an accomplishment and it moved me beyond anything I could have ever expected. '
'No one is spared in this book, especially not men and that’s why I really wanted to talk a bit about this novel here - I found very interesting to study what power women manage to have in Vanity Fair.'
“A man who is a gentleman in his cups may be trusted to be a gentleman at all times.” Louis Trevelyan is young and wealthy English man who meets Emily Rowley during a visit to the Mandarin Islands. Emily is the eldest daughter of the governor of the island and quickly the pair falls in … Continue reading He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope (1869)