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Wide Sargasso Sea
Thoughts from my First Year English Lecturer
9 April 2012

This was the second book that I read for English I and is an example of what they called inte...more
Mar 20, 1996
Apr 09, 2012
Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts
Shaw's Masterpiece
16 April 2010

Pygmalion, in my opinion, is Shaw's piece de resistance (if that is how you spell it). It is a masterpiece. While I ca...more
Jul 14, 2006
Jul 23, 2011
To the Lighthouse
Sometimes there comes along a book that is simply so awesome that you pretty much want to give up reading forever because there is nothing that you t...more
Mar 07, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
In the Penal Colony
A horrific form of industrialised punishment
28 July 2014

I found this to be a little different to some of the other works of Kafka that I had read bec...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
Captain Brassbound's Conversion
The pirate captain comes good
16 August 2014

Some have suggested that maybe that this may not be one of his best plays but I still found it quite enjoy...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
The Great Wall of China
Okay, maybe I shouldn't be writing too much about this particular short story (if one can call it a story) because it is really only ten pages long,...more
May 18, 2014
May 18, 2014
The Castafiore Emerald (Tintin, #21)
The most absurd of Herge's albums
24 February 2012

This is a unique comic in all of Herge's repertoir in that it is probably the most absurd of his sto...more
not set
Feb 24, 2012
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Is the Witch of the West really wicked?
29 June 2014

I'm really not sure how to approach this book because, well, while the story and the intrigue are...more
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
Fly Away Peter
To be honest with you I thought this novel was little more than a load of existentialist rubbish. Personally I have only read two of Malouf's novels,...more
Sep 21, 1995
Jul 21, 2012
The Burrow
A muddy hole in the ground becomes a great castle
30 June 2014

The more of Kafka's stories that I read the stranger they seem to become. Well, it is no...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
The problem with writing a commentary on such a book is that pretty much everything that has been said about this book has, unfortunately, already be...more
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
The Age of Reason
The Essence of Freedom
25 November 2013

This is probably one of the first Satre books that I have read, and while I am not tearing through the bookshop...more
Nov 25, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
X'ed Out
A post-modern Tintin
26 April 2014

The main reason that I picked this comic up was because there appeared to be some similarities with the Tintin album...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
A rather dry collection of short stories
20 February 2012

When I first saw this book in Dymocks I thought 'oh, the movie is based on a book by F. Scot...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch
The evolution of humanity played out on stage
23 July 2011

This play is my favourite Bernard Shaw play next to Pygmalion, and having been written in th...more
Jul 31, 2005
Jul 23, 2011
An Imaginary Life
The first thing I did when I came to comment on this book was to go to my uni notes to see if I could get any inspiration from them only to discover...more
not set
Mar 31, 2012
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sometimes I wonder why it is that English teachers insist on forcing us to read such painful rubbish? Is it because they want to see how many of thei...more
not set
Dec 26, 2011
Der Riesenmaulwurf
Well, as I was preparing to write my final commentary (for the time being) on the final of Kafka's rather bizarre short stories in the collection tha...more
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
Things Fall Apart - Classics in Context (Heinemann African Writers Series)
Look, I am going to give this book a good rating, not because I actually enjoyed it or was drawn into it, but more because it gives us an insight int...more
Sep 08, 1996
Apr 24, 2012
Ernie's Work of Art
Well, let's teach children the concept of post-modernism using the Sesame Street characters (or more correctly Jim Henson's Muppets). Basically Ernie...more
not set
Nov 17, 2013
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
I liked the film of this play so much that when I was wondering through a secondhand bookshop and saw a copy of the play on the shelf I snatched it u...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
Uncle Vanya
This is the last of the four Chekov plays that was in the book that I picked up in a second hand bookshop in Adelaide. The main reason that I grabbed...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 09, 2013
The Three Sisters
Reading this play I got the impression that it was basically about a group of people sitting in a house talking about philosophy and pining for the g...more
Oct 03, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
The Seagull
Russian literature seems to have a very bleak undertone to it, though I must admit that the only Russian authors that I have read is Dostoyevski and...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Investigations of a Dog
Faulty logic and flawed reasoning
8 June 2014

I think it is correct to say that with this particular short story you sort of wonder whether you should...more
Jun 05, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
The Devil's Disciple
The inversion of Good & Evil
5 July 2014

Like a number of Shaw's plays, he begins this one with an introduction on the topic of the play, which see...more
Jul 2014
Jun 28, 2014
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
This is one of those exceptional books. It was the first book that I read when I went to adult re-entry college and for a book that they force you to...more
Oct 06, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises
I suspect that Hemmingway is what one would call an acquired taste. He is sort of like vegemite – you start off aboslutely hating it but one day you...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Vintage Classics)
This is one of those books that I have been meaning to read for quite a while, even if it is only because of the Metellica song of the same name (whi...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
Three plays for puritans: The devil's disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Captain Brassbound's conversion
The one thing that stands out to me in this collection of plays is in Shaw's introduction where is theorises on whether it is possible to be better t...more
not set
Jul 23, 2011
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