Durrell's memoir is beautiful and evocative. Lovely to read in the sun. It took me quite a while to finish for some reason but I definitely recommendDurrell's memoir is beautiful and evocative. Lovely to read in the sun. It took me quite a while to finish for some reason but I definitely recommend it to nature lovers and some of the images have stayed with me....more
A BRILLIANT BOYHOOD MEMOIR! I just love childhood memoirs, especially those set in boarding schools! Even though I'm not a raging Stephen Fry fan andA BRILLIANT BOYHOOD MEMOIR! I just love childhood memoirs, especially those set in boarding schools! Even though I'm not a raging Stephen Fry fan and I'm not male or gay or Jewish, definitely never went to boarding school and am not particularly academic, I just related to this book so much. The desires and fears and anxieties of growing up and the descriptions of boarding school life were just rendered perfectly. Great mix of styles too with just the right amount of humour. Fry often goes off on tangents but in doing so he covers some really interesting topics. This book is a must read if you like Laurie Lee, Gerald Durrell, Roald Dahl etc. It's got all those wholesome florid cheeks, knobbly knees, grass stains and tuck shops going on...and then a lot more!...more
**spoiler alert** This year I resolved to re-read some classics after they had become unclear in my mind over time, especially after watching and conf**spoiler alert** This year I resolved to re-read some classics after they had become unclear in my mind over time, especially after watching and confusing them with their tv/film adaptations. Jane Eyre was one of them and I wanted to decide whether or not I preferred it to Wuthering Heights.
I decided that I dooo, I so do prefer Jane Eyre! (Which is why I had to five it 5 stars, because WH cannot be less than a 4 but I had to mark my preference somehow). I have debated this with my friend who is very much team Emily, but, although I'm not claiming that Charlotte is superior, Jane Eyre is just more my kind of book! I could relate to Jane much more than I usually relate to the heroines in classic fiction. I love a fictional autobiography and generally prefer the first person narrative which allows me to really relate to the character. The narrative techniques in Wuthering Heights were interesting but just not as enjoyable for me. I also did not hate Rochester as much as Heathcliff...(Heathcliff is definitely physically more attractive! But no, I refuse, I refuse to be attracted to Heathcliff. Oh that book causes me such dilemmas about whether I ship Cathy/Heathcliff. Obviously I'm not saying Edgar and Cathy are a better match but I love C and hate H!) Am not normally a fan of these contentious/moody-but-charming male characters (Maxim de Winter may have been my fave but the wife murdering thing is a definite turn-off).
I loved the feminist ideas in Jane Eyre. The ending was maybe a little mawkish but classics often are. After accompanying Jane through her childhood and relating to her feelings of isolation and frustration I could not abandon my loyalty to her and just really supported all her decisions throughout the rest of the novel which I easily might not have done. It was just a comfortable and absorbing read, and I was left feeling really interested in the mysterious Bertha(and no, Wide Sargasso Sea didn't quite quench my intrigue).
I recommend Jane Eyre to people who are slightly intimidated of classics but want to start reading more of them. Although it isn't really a short book it is relatively easy to read and become absorbed in!...more
Oh Margaret you've done it again. I love this woman's writing so much; I swear hers and my souls are made of the same stuff because she just gets me.Oh Margaret you've done it again. I love this woman's writing so much; I swear hers and my souls are made of the same stuff because she just gets me. Although Cat's Eye was the first Atwood book I read and therefore holds a special place in my heart, I would probably be more likely to recommend The Blind Assassin to people new to Margaret Atwood. This book is just the whole package. And I definitely recommend it to Atwood fans too. It is full of classic Atwoodian themes and evocative passages. She especially writes childhood and female relationships so well. I am just so in awe of her! I really did not want this book to end and am feeling quite bereft. Will have to pick up another of her books straight away and will definitely be re-reading this....more
I love this book with all my heart and remember it every time I see a bar of whole-nut chocolate or some Garibaldi ‘squashed fly’ biscuits. It is suchI love this book with all my heart and remember it every time I see a bar of whole-nut chocolate or some Garibaldi ‘squashed fly’ biscuits. It is such a comforting novel and ticks many boxes. I love a book about sisters (tick), with a beautiful setting (tick), loveable yet complex characters (tick again) and romance (tick). I loved the opening line and the rest of the novel didn't disappoint. Can’t wait to re-read again!...more