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
Today I am sharing with you the first line from Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice : “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man possessing a large fortune must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen can be considered the first feminist author or even the first feminist in England. Writing in the 18th century, she was well ahead of … Continue reading One Liner Wednesday April 10, 2019
As an ardent fan of detective fiction, I have often wondered how amateur detectives manage to outdo police officers every time., Have you noticed how private detectives, whether professional or amateurs, manage to stay one step ahead of local police? I first encountered this as a child, in Enid Blyton’s Five Find Outers mystery series. In these books, a group of five children manage to … Continue reading Amateurs versus Police Officers in Detective Fiction
The Power of the Written Word Picking up a book at random, Flipping casually through its pages, You are so riveted by a word or phrase, That you are compelled to read on. Such is the power of the written word. Written for In Other Words. 5 Lines or Less, challenge, In Other Words, whatever! In Other Words, random… Posted on February 20, 2019 Write a story … Continue reading The Power of the Written Word
We are all familiar with the characters in fairy tales and nursery rhymes. As part of her QoQ series, Theresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, has asked us questions about some characters. Click here to see her original post. 1.Everyone thinks they know the story of Jack and Jill, but why did they really go up the hill? They went up the hill to attend the Summit … Continue reading Fairy tales & Nursery Rhymes–Queen of Questions # 4