My review of the 1990 novel that started it all.
My review of the 1932 novelization that became the 1933 film classic.
My review of the ancient Homeric epic.
As I did with The Iliad, this prelude will serve as an introduction to both Homer's epic poem and to my understanding of it in historical context.
Before we begin, I'd like to point your direction to a prelude I did, The Iliad in Perspective. It is crucial to this review, especially regarding the concepts of Glory and Honor as it relates to Homer's era as opposed to our own. It's designed to offer an introduction and context to both the epic … Continue reading The Iliad by Homer, Caroline Alexander (translation)
Settle in for a long one. Dare I say it, this one is epic. In the extremely near future, I'm going to be revisiting Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey. I used to read these epics frequently through my childhood and into my teens, along with all manner of other Classical mythology. Then somewhere along the … Continue reading Prelude: The Iliad in Perspective
When I was much younger, I attempted to read the first of the Earthsea books. I didn't get very far, having already been tipped into Tolkien's Middle-Earth and finding very little else to compare once my imagination had clung so tightly. Thus it was that Ursula K. Le Guin found her way to the background, … Continue reading The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
While the name Brontë might not have meant anything to the reading public in 1848, the pseudonym of Bell was very well known. Given the triple punch of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey, all the year before, Anne Brontë's second and final novel under the name of Acton Bell was an instant runaway success... a … Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848
Having read one novel each by Charlotte and Emily, it's time to give Anne Brontë her turn in the spotlight. Agnes Grey was first published under the pen name of Acton Bell as the third of a three-volume set, with Emily's Wuthering Heights comprising the first two volumes due to length. It's only by virtue of the … Continue reading Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, 1847
After a couple of Brontë novels, I decided I needed a palette cleanser before proceeding forward. More poetry seemed the ticket. I found this little gem of Scottish poetry on Audible, with some fantastic narrators, such as Alan Cumming. The running time was only an hour long, so I gave it a couple of runs … Continue reading The Poetry of Scotland (anthology)