BOOK REVIEW · 21. June 2021
Caravaners by Elizabeth von Arnim
Caravaners is the story of a real-life journey that Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941) made with the novelist E. M. Forster in 1906. The novel is the fictional diary of the character Otto von Ottringen. It tells of a burlesque ride in horse-drawn wag
BOOK REVIEW · 13. March 2020
Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market
In short, I admire this poem, this beautiful, profound, violent, poignant masterpiece which, fortunately, ends with a note full of hope that I will not quote for fear of spoiling your reading.
BOOK REVIEW · 09. March 2020
Isidora, George Sand
This is the original Dame aux Camelias! Not the one written later by Alexandre Dumas-son who had read Sand's Isidora, nor Verdi's La Traviata, no! Here we have the real Dame aux Camelias, thought and written by a woman: George Sand.
BOOK REVIEW · 21. September 2019
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South, Gabrielle Dubois
What is a novel? It's Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South! How to review such a book? There are so many things in this novel! Come on, let's try! I read by marking with small yellow post-it notes the interesting, poetic, humorous, beautifully thought out or positive passages. How can I put this to you? You can't see the edge of the pages anymore, it's nothing but yellow post-it notes! So I'm going to give you my thoughts in bulk!
BOOK REVIEW · 07. January 2019
The Letters of a Portuguese Nun are published for the first time in Paris in 1669 as the translation of five letters from a Portuguese nun to a French officer. Until the twentieth century, these letters were attributed to Mariana Alcoforado (1640-1723), a young nun from a Portuguese convent, who was supposed to write to her French lover, the Marquis de Chamilly, who had come to Portugal to fight with the Portuguese who struggled for their independence against Spain. (Louis XIV era) A majority...
BOOK REVIEW · 11. November 2018
"The story is lush and atmospheric. Louise, the main character, is charming and adventurous." "Louise is a strong character and easy to love. Her story is captivating as she challenges the roles of women living during her time." "Yes, I enjoyed this immensely, a book to get lost in." "I absolutely loved Mistress Mine, it was an absolute gem of a story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading." "A fabulous 5 stars for a story that had me gripped from the start and for creating a character that I'm...
BOOK REVIEW · 25. October 2018
In little touches so subtle that they could go unnoticed, Kate Chopin gives clues that will explain the story of the characters, especially that of her heroine, Ada: "Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions." What I've been for thirty-three years, is here summed up in two lines! Well, that doesn’t seem like much, but it's...
BOOK REVIEW · 06. October 2018
Mary Wollstonecraft
A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mary Wollstonecraft « … the Rights of Woman must be respected, … I loudly demands JUSTICE for one half of the human race. » Mary Wollstonecraft While I read a book, I always have take some notes about beautiful words, interesting thoughts… I underline, not on the book pages, I hate this ! But on my red spiral notepad next to me, the quotes to remember or to use for my review. This time, I should have noticed nearly everything because each...
BOOK REVIEW · 23. September 2018
George Sand par Musset
A very nice love story in the countryside. Or A very nice love story of the countryside. Through this story of Marianne, a free girl, ignorant but full of finesse, and intelligent, George Sand shows us her countryside as she sees it, as she likes it. There are clever and witty points of view by Marianne about knowledge, art, painting, and peasants. Who can pretend to be the one who can see the beauty of nature? Read the book and you'll know it, because... how could you live without knowing the...
BOOK REVIEW · 14. August 2018
I read The Sorrows of Young Werther because it has to be read. The first pages bothered me by the condescending tone of the author towards people of “lower condition” than him. But I persevered and ... I did well! I understand that this book has passed the centuries. It is the story of an unhappy love lived by a young man rich enough to have nothing else to do but to sigh after the woman of his dreams, the perfect woman, who would exist, thus! Don’t look for humour in this book, what...

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