Saturday, October 12, 2013

It is not fit that every man should travel; it makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.

Gull! Lindisfarne. August 2013.

Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster: A cutting exploration of the prudish, snobbish, self-important ways of a certain English class. It ends on an incredibly depressing note, but the story probes concepts of morality, virtue and the nature of prejudice. You'll enjoy disliking the characters. B.

Hello Mum, Bernardine Evaristo: Simple words of truth about the life of an inner kid. The street talk is simple, accessible and authentic, but the story a bit ho-hum. D.

Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne: Circumnavigate the World in 80 days? Amazing! I enjoyed it very much. B-.

The Book Boy, Joanna Trollope: Well constructed small tale about a woman's attempt to learn to read. Sufficiently empowering, if a bit piecemeal. C-.

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