• 19th century,  20th century,  Best Books,  General Fiction,  Theatre

    Best Books – 2010

    2010 has been a great reading year. From compulsory readings at Uni to best-sellers to chillax, I’ve enjoyed every single page of every new book that has fallen into my hands. Here are the best ones: Prose & Fiction: The Constant Gardener (John LeCarré) – It has everything: crimes, love, social criticism and a wonderful setting: Kenia. The Awakening (Kate Chopin) – The story of a woman who rebells against society in the early 20th century. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) – Life in the 1960’s was easy, if you were not African-American or a Southern Belle in Jacksonville. This is the story of those women. The Woman in Black (Susan…

  • 19th century,  20th century,  General Fiction,  Theatre

    Summer 2010 readings

    These are the books I read his summer. The first four are really worthy and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys reading. 1. The Constant Gardener – John LeCarré 5/5 2. The Help– Kathryn Stockett 4.5/5 3. Lady Chatterley’s Lover– D.H Lawrence 4/5 4. A Streetcar Named Desire– Tennessee Williams 4/5 5. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Rebecca Miller 3.5/5 6. I Curse the River of Time – Per Petterson 3/5 7. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert 2.5/5 8. Mr. Rosenlum’s List– Natasha Solomons 2/5 9. The Reunion– Simone Van Der Vlugt 1.5/5 What about yours?

  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin

    The Awakening is an American novel published in 1899 in which the author, Kate Chopin, demands independence for women at a time when they were obliged to be both mothers and wives. 4.5/5 Edna Pontellier is a 29-year, high-class old Southern beauty with a perfect life that even includes a couple of houses in which she can have a break from her stressful life. But, while vacationing in Le Grand Isle with her fellow creole neighbours, she makes friends with the hotel’s owner’s son, Robert Lebrun. Although at the beginning Edna is not conscious about the real meaning of their relationship, it is when Robert decides to move to Mexico…

  • 19th century,  20th century,  General Fiction,  Postcolonial

    Back from College readings!

    College has been keeping me busy for the last few months but that also means I have read lots of worthy books. Here they are: 1) The Secret River – Kate Grenville (Australian & New Zealand literature) 4/5 This story is set in London, 1807. William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. The Thornhills arrive in this harsh and alien land…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    Jane Eyre                                                       (Charlotte Brontë) Jane Eyre is named after its main character and provides the reader with her personal experiences from her childhood to the “now” period in the novel, when she is a married a woman. She is an orphan left to her uncle’s tutelage but when he dies it is his wife, Mrs. Reed who will deal with Jane.  She cannot accept Jane is another member of the family and emotionally tortures her until Jane faints. Then she is sent to a school where she will grow-up becoming, after some years, a teacher. Up to this point I will not tell anything more about the plot because I…