Tag Archives: Southern Gothic

A Monstrous Burlesque: ‘As I lay Dying’ by William Faulkner

A huge thank you is owed to the #1930 club, hosted by Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon at Stuck in a Book, for inspiring me to re-read one of my favourite novels from the last century.  ‘As I Lay Dying’ is a demented … Continue reading

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It’s all very bleak: ‘Outer Dark’ by Cormac McCarthy

My first experience of reading Cormac McCarthy was with ‘The Road,’ a book I picked up after hearing that the author was a Great American Novelist, not realising that I was letting myself in for several hundred pages of apocalyptic … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update: Andreyev in America

It feels a bit odd to be continuing with my Russian Reading when on holiday in America (so much of my American reading has been informed by the Cold War).  I’ve decided not to let prejudice get in the way of … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

I’m trying to be restrained here, because ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is currently displayed wall to wall in my local bookshops and I really want to give it time before succumbing to the hype.  I didn’t read ‘Mockingbird’ until 35 … Continue reading

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‘The Little Friend’ by Donna Tartt (2002)

Donna Tartt is known for writing extremely long books over extremely long periods of time. Every decade since 1992 she’s produced a single volume, nearly as wide as it is high, to huge critical anticipation and acclaim. All I’ll say … Continue reading

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