Review: Watership Down

“Rabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of these is certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream of their life carry them along, past reaches of terror and loss. They have a certain quality which it would not be accurate to describe as callousness or … Continue reading Review: Watership Down

The Perks of Old School Intertextuality

Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an immensely popular novel- and in essence, a coming of age novel. We're following Charlie through his (sometimes) awkward high school years,and everything that comes along with that- the love interests, the drugs, the music, the literature.  So much literature. The character of Charlie's teacher Bill seems to … Continue reading The Perks of Old School Intertextuality

“I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud”- Windermere Wanderings and Christmas Cheer

This weekend I visited Lake Windermere- home to the Beatrix Potter museum, The Hole in T' Wall (frequented by Charles Dickens) and one of the prettiest log benches I've seen yet We came across this bench after taking a random detour when we found we couldn't walk directly around the edge of the lake- thanks … Continue reading “I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud”- Windermere Wanderings and Christmas Cheer

“Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

"If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in here"- he tapped his forehead -"and you're alright." Poverty in literature is the opposite of poverty in real … Continue reading “Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

“Sheer, Calculated Silliness” – The Lessons of The History Boys

Irwin's comment that he doesn't "think there is time" for Hector's kind of teaching anymore is a sad one - and applies well outside of the context of Alan Bennet's The History Boys. Whilst the play does pit Irwin and Hector's teaching methods against each other : Dakin- We don't know who we are sir. … Continue reading “Sheer, Calculated Silliness” – The Lessons of The History Boys

“Never Judge a Book by its Cover”- The Rise of the Mystery Book

All too often in a bookshop, I find it impossible to pick a book. There's so many to choose from that if you haven't gone in to the shop with a particular book in mind, it's almost impossible to make only one choice. Inevitably, you will choose based on a combination of the cover, and/or … Continue reading “Never Judge a Book by its Cover”- The Rise of the Mystery Book

From Lagos with Love- Americanah’s Ifem and Obinze

The love between Ifemelu and Obinze in Chimananda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah, is the kind of love that everyone wishes they had. It breaks through the stereotypes that the romances of your youth are not built to last, and beyond that, through the hardships adult relationships face- distance, money, education, and status. Ifem and Obinze, in their … Continue reading From Lagos with Love- Americanah’s Ifem and Obinze