“Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

Through studying Irish fiction, I finally got around to reading Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. After getting past the original difficulty with McBride's stream-of-consciousness narrative, what I found was a particularly disturbing novel that has stuck with me for some time. McBride's next novel, The Lesser Bohemians, whilst slightly less difficult to read (in no … Continue reading “Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

  “Who's they?" He wanted to know. "Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?" "Every one of them," Yossarian told him. "Every one of whom?" "Every one of whom do you think?" "I haven't any idea." "Then how do you know they aren't?" When you think about books about war, what comes … Continue reading “Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

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