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 think that for immigrants, the challenges of exile, the loneliness, the constant sense of alienation, the knowledge of and longing for a lost world, are more explicit and distressing than for their children.” – Jhumpa Lahiri Arguably, few types of people can claim to know alienation and insecurity better than a third culture kid. Until recently, I did not […]
Enduring love; the book’s title promises the story of a faithful relationship, of love transcending all obstacles, something reminiscent of Shakespeare’s ‘Marriage of True Minds’. Somewhat luckily, reading McEwan’s other masterpiece “Atonement” and living with the rather faulty configuration of my own mind had already primed me to discover something much more disturbing. McEwan doesn’t really wait for you to figure out what’s going on here, much unlike the idyllic, slow pace of the Country house backdrop in Atonement. Instead, we’re thrown headlong into the life of a science journalist called Joe Rose and his beautiful wife Clarissa, on an everyday outing when a ballooning accident makes everything go horribly, horribly wrong. Joe Rose and other witnesses, including a man called Jed Parry, get involved in a startling and suspenseful narrative whirlwind where they are faced with a split-second moral decision that could change the courses of their lives forever. Yet there’s still more to this tragedy, as Parry, a seemingly religious fanatic, crosses paths with Rose and the incident becomes a catalyst that gives birth to an obsessive, enduring love. I think it’s worth considering the similarities to Atonement and what I understand so far about McEwan’s writing style, having read two of his books. Firstly, there’s the concept of ‘Believing is seeing’. McEwan emphasises the idea that we see what we choose to see; in Atonement, Marshall walks free while Robbie is clearly guilty, according to social hegemony. […]
Atonement by Ian McEwan plays with your mind on so many levels: just as promised in my title, this book is actually about a book. The narrative in that book changes someone’s life; it draws from many different narratives set in the real world’s story, one of wars and people sucked in by the conflict. Confused? Let’s just say it […]
Okay, I just threw a jumble of long words on the screen, hoping that the general impression is that ‘I’m going to try my best to do well in AS level English this year, and I’m sharing how I plan to do that’. Read on if you think this could be useful! And if you’re one of my readers sitting […]
How do I introduce this poem? It is about a beginning or an end that I will ever fully understand. It is about a poem in it’s own way; a human one, a memento of your heritage. What you are about to read is the humble attempt of a great-granddaughter, who, making her own way in the world generations later, […]
In this post, I respond to what I have read in quite a few academic journals (links below) and make summary notes about the context and narrator. With the background knowledge to inspire my own analyses, I’ve sprung off some thoughts about Mansfield’s literary and writing choices. Step 2: Analysing the opening You can’t go wrong with the opening, right? […]