The Bonfire of the Vanities is set in New York during the 1980s. When a black student is the victim of a hit-and-run by a white Wall Street stockbroker, the prejudices that lie beneath life in the city are exposed at the quick. Continue reading The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
A Christmas Carol was my book club’s Christmas bonus book. Although I already knew the story from animated TV versions, I had never read the book and I was to be pleasantly surprised! I would recommend it even if you are familiar with the classic Christmas tale; it is well worth a read for Dickens’ magical storytelling. Continue reading Archive Nostalgia: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Les Misérables is completely different from any other book I have ever read. Unlike most modern books, Victor Hugo is not only concerned with the story immediately surrounding his characters, but with creating an accurate picture of the entire country and time period in which the story takes place. At times, this can make the book feel a little frustrating and long-winded.
However, there is space for a great deal of character development, complex relationships and evocative description in 1400 pages! Consequently, I became hypnotically immersed in the life of Jean Valjean and the atmosphere of post-revolutionary France. I felt a genuine sense of loss after turning the final pages.
Although it takes some motivation, I really do believe that Les Mis is a book worth reading. So with that in mind, here are my 9 tips to help you reach the finish line: Continue reading Reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: 9 Helpful Tips to Reach the Finish Line! (With Character List Download)
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis: An unknown lady and her child moving into Wildfell Hall, a gloomy old property that has remained unoccupied for years, causes quite a stir in the quiet rural community of Linden-Car. Mrs Graham is reclusive and unforthcoming, yet, at times, a strangely intense conversationalist. Despite the malicious rumours that begin to circulate, Gilbert Markham becomes intrigued by this singular lady. As the two grow closer companions through Mrs Graham’s son Arthur, a past is revealed that even the most avaricious gossips of the parish could never conjecture. Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: Classic That Combines Morality and Charm
The Count of Monte Cristo is set in Europe in the early 1800’s, after the fall of Napoleon’s empire. Edmond Dantes seems to have it all. He is young, athletic and has a promising career as a sailor in front of him, not to mention a betrothal to his beautiful sweetheart Mercedes. However, betrayal by some of those closest to him rips this enviable life out from under Dantes’ feet, leading to one of literature’s most epic stories of revenge… Continue reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Christmas Carol was my book club’s Christmas bonus book. Although I already knew the story from animated TV versions, I had never read the book and I was to be pleasantly surprised! I would recommend it even if you are familiar with the classic Christmas tale; it is well worth a read for Dickens’ magical storytelling. Continue reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens