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  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    East of Eden by John Steinbeck

    I had long wanted to read East of Eden by John Steinbeck, for several reasons, the most important one being that you all love it. I read some Steinbeck back in college, some selected chapters from The Grapes of Wrath and although I thought the writing was really good – I could almost feel sand coming out of the pages – it was suffocating. However, last summer I read Confessions of a Sociopath, by E.M Thomas where the author said that Cathy was the quintessential sociopath. So, I was giving a copy of the book by Mr. B&R last Christmas and I decided to wait until summer, so that I…

  • Non-fiction

    A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

    A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf has been on my mind for a long time now and for 11 months on my TBR pile (thanks to Mr B&R). The work – first speech and then essay – is a landmark in feminist theory and it has been showing up in every task on my Master’s Degree since it began last November. So, Leah from Books Speak Volumes and I decided to do a read-along in October. You can check her review here. From Goodreads: A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a…

  • General Fiction,  Poetry

    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer was a compulsory reading for a monographic course on the author. I wasn’t very attracted to the idea at first but I quickly changed my mind. 3/5 Basically, The Canterbury Tales is the transcription of the tales of a group of pilgrims competing for a prize: a soup. It is very important to highlight that it is a transcription and it has a lot of oral features, like interruptions. However, most of the tales rhyme and it is difficult to actually imagine someone speaking like that (even in the 14th century!). Our professor selected some tales for us to read, amounting to 20 in…

  • Poetry

    Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

    I’ve always considered myself a narrative girl since poetry was never an option. But, things are changing this year because thanks to my Chaucer and Caribbean Literature courses, I am beginning to enjoy poetry. To tell you the truth, I could not be happier! Summary from Book Depository: ‘Now listen with good will, as I go straight to my subject matter, in which you may hear the double sorrows of Troilus in his love for Criseyde, and how she forsook him before she died’ Like Romeo and Juliet, or Tristan and Iseult, the names of Troilus and Criseyde will always be united: a pair of lovers whose names are inseparable…

  • 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…