James Joyce, to read or not

The name of author James Joyce will undoubtedly crop up on most Ultimate Book Lists with the book cited, Ulysses. First serialised in an American journal from March 1918 to December 1920, it was published in its entirety in 1922. Regarded as one of the most important works of Modernist literature, Ulysses is approximately 265,000Continue reading “James Joyce, to read or not”

Advertisement

Finding yourself in a Thomas Hardy novel

I can almost feel tear drops forming ready to splash down on my keyboard as I contemplate the content of this blog. Every year our Book Group aims to cover one classic. Last year Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf gave some of our ‘clubbers’ absolute grief to read but all (well most…) agreed it wasContinue reading “Finding yourself in a Thomas Hardy novel”

What makes a book good

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families,Continue reading “What makes a book good”

What books to read

There have been lots of lists compiled over the years declaring the Best 100 books you should read before you know what… When I check my completed reading list against these, I find that I have read over 50 on some lists, only about 30 on others and so on it goes. Some of theContinue reading “What books to read”