Elizabeth Gilbert, the patron saint of the self-help memoir, astounded me with this vast novel that spans generations and decades. Alma, a woman born in 1800 is not one you would expect to become a scientist, but a scientist she became, through means of wealth and class. She first finds herself focusing on Botany, as […]Read more "Literary Wardrobe: The Signature of All Things"
“A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be […]Read more "Literary Wardrobe: The Magician’s Nephew"
“Complacencies of the peignoir, and late Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair…” – Wallace Stevens An articulation of thoughts on a Sunday morning, thoughts that have often been with me on Sunday mornings. Messy sheets and hair, warm blankets and light creeping through the cracks in the curtain, coffee and honeycomb toast. Solitude, motion, emotion. […]Read more "Literary Wardrobe: Sunday Morning"
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Elizabeth Bennet is one of the most inspiring heroines in literaturWell, I think she is. Although she does conform to society in the end and marry a wealthy man, just as she ought to, she does not go about it in the traditional way. First published in 1813, Pride […]Read more "Lizzy Bennet"
It is hard to find the words to express how I felt while reading this book. I read it while I was sick, and the line, “one of the benefits of illness: giving people time to catch up with themselves, to arrive at where they are in life’s fast-moving story” really struck me; reminding me […]Read more "Ben Okri – The Age of Magic"
1. Every action has a reaction. Although the novel is about an adolescent in 20th century Detroit, the story starts decades earlier, before Cal was born. 2. People are people, not science experiments. Cal is transgender, and as a teenage girl find herself the subject of speculation and science, an object to figure out and […]Read more "What I learned from Middlesex"
I first picked up this book when I was fifteen and quickly discarded it. Five years later I had nothing to read, so I opened it once again, and found myself putting it down a few hours later, this book had my head spinning. I loved how Smith guided the reader throughout the text by […]Read more "Ali Smith’s The Accidental"