Tag Archive: British Literature

Quivering in Sunday School Because of Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons and number 53 on the BBC book list is quite the comic novel.  The story centers around Flora Poste, who, when left an orphan, decides to… Continue reading

Revenge Is Sweet, But Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right

I struggled with what to post today, especially following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.  I settled on this post about revenge that has been languishing in my files for… Continue reading

The Ring is Not Gold, But Pride

All that glitters is not gold.  This is one of the major themes of the first book of The Lord of the Rings series, The Fellowship of the Ring (1954).  I appreciate this… Continue reading

Ideal Women of Literature: Attainable Beauty

There’s a reason why I’d rather read a book than look at a fashion magazine.  In case you didn’t know, the women in fashion magazines aren’t real.  I know.  Newsflash!  I cannot compete… Continue reading

The Mess of Brave New World

One of my students this summer suggested that I read Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley.  I obliged him.  And then I realized that it is book #58 on the BBC book… Continue reading

The Magic of Childhood in Swallows and Amazons

I usually have my students read some sort of essay by E. B. White (1899-1985), one of the twentieth century’s best essayists and beloved author of children’s book Charlotte’s Web (1952).  For the… Continue reading

I’m a Sucker for Victorian Novels: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) is one of my new favorite books.  It is my first taste of Anne Brontë, and I have to say that I am hooked.  In the past… Continue reading

The Faraway Tree Stories and My Nuclear Birthday Cake

The Faraway Tree Stories (1939, 1943, 1946) by Enid Blyton have potential.  Upon receiving my copy of the book, which contains three books in one, I felt excited to begin reading these children’s… Continue reading

Human Connection in George Orwell’s 1984

I read George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), number 8 on the BBC book list, last summer for the first time.  This surprised a student of mine, one of the only students I have encountered… Continue reading

The Best Quotes from Middlemarch

This is the third and final installment of my thoughts for Middlemarch Week.  If you missed post one, A Preview of Middlemarch, click here.  If you missed post two, George Eliot on Marriage,… Continue reading