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Tag Archive: British Literature

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

A. S. Byatt’s Possession: The Secret Love Lives of Dead Poets

Possession (1990), number 80 on the BBC book list, by A. S. Byatt is a literary thriller about academics.  White it has been highly acclaimed and even has status as a bestseller, I… Continue reading

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Short Story about Modernity

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000), a woman who did not start writing until after her sixtieth birthday in the 1970s, was not what scholars would consider a traditional modernist.  She did not write during modernism’s… Continue reading

Yawning through Sense and Sensibility

I think I’ve passed the age at which I can enjoy Jane Austen.  I finished reading Sense and Sensibility (1811) and number 54 on the BBC book list, but I didn’t really care… Continue reading

Depth and Reflection in The Wind in the Willows

I tried to read The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame and number 30 on the BBC book list to my daughter, but after a few pages, she said, “I don’t… Continue reading

How Being a Parent is Like Being a Hobbit

I read The Hobbit (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien, number 16 on the BBC book list, several years ago, after The Lord of the Rings movies came out.  I wanted to know… Continue reading

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: An Allegory for Parents

I never read this book as a child.  It’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis and number 36 on the BBC book list.  I had heard of… Continue reading

Apparently, I Like Anthropomorphism

I worked as a secretary for several months before I got a new coworker.  Janette shared the lobby area with me and came with a positive attitude and a big education.  I looked… Continue reading

We Are Neither Heroes nor Villains: The Two Towers

I admit it.  I don’t really like The Lord of the Rings series, number 2 on the BBC book list.  I am dutifully reading them for this blog and for the sake of… Continue reading

Sundance Film Festival 2013 Movie Review: Austenland

Last night, I had my first experience at the Sundance Film Festival.  It is a place where independent filmmakers can get their work exposed to studios and distributors.  The center of it is… Continue reading