‘Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf Review

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'.

‘The Silence of the Girls’ by Pat Barker Review

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

Three Shakespearean Story Arcs Present in ‘Star wars’

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’