“What had gone wrong with these first descendants of the first great ocean crossing experiment? Was there not a substantial garden area, regular meals, clean clothes from Marks ‘n’ Sparks, A class top-notch education?” These are the telling words of White Teeth by Zadie Smith. It’s not only a riotous panorama of multicultural England, but also a must-have for any […]
Here's this week's creative experiment - a 200 word paragraph about a child playing in puddles after the rain, inspired by the rich imagery of The Great Gatsby.
I will try my best to make this the most engaging analysis ever. However, I need your full sympathy, seeing as I’ve never read any modernist short stories, let alone works that are done by one of the ‘best short-story writers of all time’! The idea behind this is to analyse reading and writing in Katherine Mansfield’s acclaimed short story, Prelude. Why? […]
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a story overflowing with moments of intense description – be it giving words to love or pain – is just begging to be read critically. I won’t rant on about why critical reading is important as I did in my post on Never Let Me Go, but in short, it’s a way of appreciating […]
It’s week 4 of the summer holidays and we’re going back to the classics everyone: here’s my review/discussion of the book Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. The synopsis as on Goodreads: The story’s heroine is Catherine Morland, an innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls […]
I’ve realised that there’s an overabundance of book review blogs around, whereas not many young people do much in the way of critically commenting on literature (not exactly the most popular teenage past-time). If you’re like me, the first time round you usually devour the book without deliberating for too long on the writer’s craft. Books, however, are like icebergs, […]
Wow. This. Book. (Image credit: Waterstones, goo.gl/gd6vMT) If there ever was a book that stole my heart, then it’s The Colour Purple by Alice Walker. Summary This is the story of a woman named Celie, who lives in the Deep South (these include states in the South of America, including Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama etc.) between the two world wars. The book […]