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“It came his turn to beg —

The begging for the life

Is different from another Alms

`Tis Penury in Chief.

I scanned his narrow realm… 145 more words


A Well Meaning But Hilarious Translation From Portugese

This is a book I’ve heard of over the years, mostly in relation to a Monty Python sketch; It seems the majority of readers have been English speaking comedians. 21 more words

English History

William Makepeace Thackeray, The luck of Barry Lyndon Review)

By the time I reached about the 30% mark (on my Kindle) of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel, The luck of Barry Lyndon, I was reminded of a monologue by English comedian… 1,472 more words

Review - Novels

Book review: A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Okay, I admit this book is problematic. It romanticizes colonialism, and Sara is perhaps a little too perfect and noble 98% of the time. It uses “Oriental” way too much (though I confess I love how often Sara is described as “queer”), and this whole notion of elevating the status of “princess” to being synonymous not just with untold riches, but also the most pure and virtuous of souls, seems a little outdated to say the least. 534 more words


15. 'Wide Sargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys

At the risk of driving away some of my readership, I must make a confession. The first time that I read Jane Eyre left me feeling slightly underwhelmed. 551 more words


Jane Austen, a moral absolutist?

In my post on the Jane Austen Festival Australia a couple of months ago, I summarised the various papers presented at their day-long symposium. One of the papers was by a Marcus Adamson and his topic was “The ever absolute Miss Austen”. 951 more words

19th Century Literature

What I Learned from Reading Slave Narratives

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs, 1861

You should not read this post; you should just read Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl… 494 more words

19th Century Literature