To the readers of the day, "The Mayor of Casterbridge" would have been perceived as a darkly pessimistic tragedy that might have evoked emotions akin to those raised by Shakespeare's "Hamlet" or Sophocles' … more
Michael Henchard, a down-on-his-luck, unemployed hay trusser, succumbs to the siren call of alcohol at a country fair. Subconsciously feeling his wife, Susan, is holding him back from success in this … more
Mr Bedford, a recently bankrupt Victorian gentleman has retired to the English countryside to recover his spirit and write a play. He meets Dr Cavor, an eccentric, quaintly comical scientific genius researching … more
wordlover posted a Quick Tip about Jane Eyre.
July 17, 2010
This was a very enjoyable book. I'm not sure it quite lived up to all the hype about it, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. It was very touching and moving, something I still like to read it again every … more
MasterReadingList posted a Quick Tip about Jane Eyre.
June 18, 2010
There are two camps of readers when it comes to the classics - those who consider the original sacred and not to be bruised and those who long for a less ponderous version to concentrate on the story … more
Darn you Linore Rose Burkard! I started reading Before the Season Ends around eight o'clock on a Saturday night. I intended to read a few chapters before bed. Instead I didn't get to sleep until 1:30 … more
It must be difficult for an author to write an interesting book whose basic plot revolves around the sewers of London in the mid 19th century. This book, however, shows what can be accomplished with very … more
The title character of this novel is unusual, indeed, extremely rare - Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White is the only other such romantic literary heroine I can think of - in that she is not physically … more