“Gothic” is something that I associate with the colour black and with all things dark and gloomy. Greenland is a place where all is snow and sparkling white. To my mind then, Gothic and Greenland are poles apart, as different as chalk from cheese. “Gothic” could also signify Gothic Romances such as “The Mysteries of Udolpho” by Ann Radcliffe. Jane Austen refers to this novel … Continue reading Gothic in Greenland
I posted this two years ago on 7th March 2018 Agatha Christie is one of the world’s most read novelists, Wikipedia calls her the world’s third best selling author. Yet not many of her ardent fans are familiar with the six books that she wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. She wrote these when she was already established as a detective story writer hence the … Continue reading Friday Flashback Book Review: A Daughter’s A Daughter by Agatha Christie writing as MaryWestmacott
Topical Tropical Trinity Season 1 – Week 1 Question Fun Directory Topical Tropical Trinity questions are about your interests, your passions, your hobbies and activities and about living your life in gene⁰ral. Each weekly game will have a fixed ‘subject’ and ask you two basic questions – and one three fold question. What are your favourite genres to read? I have to do quite a … Continue reading Topical Tropical Trinity Season 1–Week 1
Yet another round of intriguing questions posed by Rory ( A Guy Called Bloke). What would make us more non disposable humans? What is a disposable human? If it is a finite being, then leaving behind a masterpiece like a great work of art, literature or science would make us “less disposable” How much is a human being worth? A human being’s true worth is immeasurable. … Continue reading The Daily Four
I must warn you that this book review is going to be different from any I have written before. It is going to focus less on the book in question and more on the monsoon rain I am presently enjoying. It is a rainy Sunday morning. I am sitting in my living room watching the rain out of my picture window. It is pouring in … Continue reading A Book Review With A Difference
Today’s prompt made me think of several stories and novels I have read that have the word “house” in their title. 1.The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield This is a story about schoolchildren on the surface. It is actually a social commentary that highlights class distinction and discrimonation. 2. Crooked House by Agatha Christie One of my favourite Christies, it portrays an eccentric family … Continue reading FOWC with Fandango — House
The book I am reading currently is set in two parallel worlds that I barely know anything about. These are the world of book collectors and the world of horse racing. I am learning a lot about both these fields. The icing on the cake is that the book also involves a murder mystery (my favourite recreational reading). For me, a book is something to … Continue reading Book Review: The Bookwoman’s Last Fling by John Dunning
“Unmarriageable–Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan” by Soniah Kamal is a book I discovered at the Lahore Literary Festival in February this year. Written by a young Pakistani woman, it follows the original loyally. It manages also, to draw parallels with modern society in Pakistan and abroad. Jane Austen, perhaps the world’s first feminist, dealt with feminist issues when the word had not yet been coined. … Continue reading Book Review : Unmarriageable–Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan.
Agatha Christie is one of the most popular English novelists. Her books have been translated in many languages. Her stories and plays have been adapted for stage, film, radio and TV. Small wonder then, that her popularity remains of epic proportions. She deals primarily with “death” in the form of murder mysteries. Her two famous characters Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot solve crimes by viewing … Continue reading Death–A recurring motif in Agatha Christie’s novels.
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” This is the first line of Daphne du Maurier ‘s novel Rebecca. This first line is deceptively simple. The story which is told in retrospect begins as a fairy tale romance. The heroine who narrates the story is a simple well bred but penniless girl. She is swept off her feet by rich and sophisticated Maxim … Continue reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– One Liner Wednesday