To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Wolff The British Library describes Wolff as 'one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century.  Judged on To the Lighthouse, it isn't a description I would deny. Innovative she certainly was, but having read the novel - recommended to me as one of her best, and typical of her style, I …

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Elinor and Marianne

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen A Review In Austen's (probably) first full-length novel, the Dashwood family are happy in their home at Norland Park. However, the property is entailed to a son of Mr Dashwood's first marriage and when he dies, Mrs Dashwood and their daughters, Elinor and Marianne are obliged to leave. Elinor …

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‘How many goodly creatures…..’

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley   'They entered. The air seemed hot and somehow breathless with the scent of ambergris and sandalwood. On the domed ceiling of the hall, the colour organ had momentarily painted a tropical sunset. The Sixteen Sexophonists were playing an old favourite: "There ain't no Bottle in all the world …

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Nine Good Reasons

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Forget the film! Whatever its merits or demerits, the movie starring Will Smith has almost no connection at all with the short story collection having the same title. Three of Asimov's characters - Susan Calvin, the robopsychologist, Robertson, the head of US Robots, and Lanning, one of its directors, do …

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