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Tag Archive: British Literature

On Beauty Is a Novel

As I begin reading Zadie Smith’s first novel White Teeth (2000), I realize that I have not yet posted about reading her book On Beauty (2005). For some reason, when I opened it,… Continue reading

Oh My

We finished reading Lord of the Flies (1954), number 49 on the BBC book list, by William Golding. I read it to my 11-year-old daughter, who has been recovering from a tonsillectomy and… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 14

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time. Breathing Lessons (1988) by Anne Tyler The Amateur… Continue reading

Honoring Jane Austen

Most women enjoy or appreciate Jane Austen’s work. I am one of those women, and although I don’t necessarily like everything I’ve read by Austen, and while I haven’t actually read all of… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

This post was originally published on January 12, 2012. Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first line of A Tale of Two Cities is, “It was the best… Continue reading

Confused and Castrated Identity: The Wasp Factory

Sixteen-year-old Frank is the protagonist of The Wasp Factory (1984) by Iain Banks, and his identity is nebulous because, as we learn early on, he was castrated as a child.  The family dog… Continue reading

Contrivance in Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd

My favorite part of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), number 47 on the BBC book list, is when the maltster at the local pub tells Gabriel Oak that despite the… Continue reading

Deception in Tess of the D’Urbervilles

How do I explain Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy and number 12 on the BBC book list? It is one of those awful (in a lovely way) novels that I… Continue reading

My Top Ten Classic Novels for Teenage Boys

A few months back I posted My Top Ten Classic Novels for Teenage Girls. It has become my second most-viewed post ever, just behind Seven Annoying Things People Say To Pianists, which also… Continue reading

A Dirty Book about World War I: Birdsong

I finally got through Birdsong (1993) by Sebastian Faulks and number 17 on the BBC book list.  It took me nearly a full semester to get through it, partly because I was busy… Continue reading