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Category Archives: Classics

AUDIO BOOK: Metamorphosis

This. This is what I present to you as the 100th post on this blog. Does it mean something? Has this whole indulgence in literary naval gazing been as tedious for you as a day in the life Gregor Samsa? I hope not.

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Basicall, half of the epic is Gilgamesh missing his mate Enkidu and going on long adventures to prove his devotion to the bromance (*cough* romance *cough*). To prove his eternal love to Enky he goes looking for the secret to eternal life. No, that’s not a cliche. Because this epic literally did it first.

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Scarlet Letter

‘A squirrel, from the lofty depths of his domestic tree, chattered either in anger or merriment … so he chattered at the child, and flung down a nut upon her head.’

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Go Tell It On The Mountain

If you think To Kill a Mockingbird was ‘important’, or ‘eye-opening’ for you, then Go Tell It On the Mountain will ram home just how much you don’t, and perhaps never really will, truly understand.

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Mansfield: The Complete Stories

First published: 1974 Found: Looking for more Virginia Woolf and found Mansfield instead Pages/read time: 830, two months on and off during exam time  Comments:   To and fro, in … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Year of publication: 1969 Found: On a book club reading list Pages/Read time: 304, three days The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Iliad

Year of publication: This translation by Samuel Butler first published 1898. Found: In the sales bin at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 415, three weeks-ish Comments: The Iliad – written by … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

POETRY: Ariel (The Restored Edition)

Year of publication: 2004 (poems written 1961-62) Found: Second hand at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 211, two weeks of lunch-break reading at work I have your head on my … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment