Miller’s moving and timely adaptation of Homer’s ‘The Iliad’ reimagines Achilles and Patroclus’ story as a romance strewn with the tragedy of destiny and war.
Why are the Bronte sisters so frequently paired with Jane Austen? Here are three reasons why we need to stop comparing 'Austen and the Brontes'.
I first read this when I was near to Alex’s age (15). I’ve revisited it half a lifetime later and, O my brothers, it was like real horrorshow. I've compiled an overview and introduction to this controversial and seminal novel.
It’s incredible to think that this novel was published in 1928. To consider that this book, which abandons gender and age conventions, was penned at the same time P.G. Wodehouse was writing ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ is quite remarkable. Social niceties were no trivial matter in the 1920's - they were the mainstay of society. But Woolf abandoned all conventions both stylistically and thematically when she wrote 'Orlando'.
Fitzgerald’s novel documents the loves and lives of wealthy New Yorkers during the 1920’s Jazz Age. You won’t ever truly get to the bottom of Nick, Gatsby or Daisy - but second reading is essential if you want to get anywhere.
T.H. White explores King Arthur’s younger years and the education that taught him how to rule.
Peter S. Beagle’s classic tale of woe, loss and metamorphosis still dazzles with surprising relevance and freshness.
Barker’s novel is set during the ten-year war that culminated in King Agamemnon sacking the city of Troy. It is ‘The Iliad’, but not as we know it. Unlike Homer’s story, ‘The Silence of the Girls’ recounts the war from the point of view of the women captured during the siege and questions the status … Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker Review
Where did the Ukuk-Hai learn the word 'menu' and why does Treebeard only think orcs are 'mischievous'?
Shakespeare's story arcs are timeless. For more information on how 'Star Wars' films 1-6 trace the plot of 'Julius Caesar' (but with more spaceships and midichlorians than the bard perhaps envisaged), read this post. I won't be revisiting it on this occasion. Here are three additional times, complete with a quotation from the bard, that … Continue reading Three Shakespearean Story Arcs Present in ‘Star wars’