Saturday, 11 September 2021
Thursday, 9 September 2021
If you are in the mood for a "they don't make movies like that anymore" movie, meaning soapy melodrama with enough glamorous glow to keep you from thinking too hard, then "The Last Letter From Your Lover" might do the trick. Read here.
Monday, 6 September 2021
“When I go to Afghanistan, I realize I've been spared, due to a random genetic lottery, by being born to people who had the means to get out. Every time I go to Afghanistan I am haunted by that.”
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Sunday, 22 August 2021
The Peaky Blinders aren’t common criminals. They are a family - a clan. They have their own style and manners, and their own code of honor. They call themselves Peaky Blinders, a gang that is dangerous but respected. They play against the law, but that might just be the only way to survive in these cruel times. Read here.
Sunday, 1 August 2021
Monday, 26 July 2021
Saturday, 17 July 2021
Sunday, 4 July 2021
Thursday, 1 July 2021
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Friday, 25 June 2021
, pseudonym of , was an English Victorian novelist who developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction. Her major works include Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876).
Middlemarch is considered to be George Eliot’s masterpiece. The realist work is a study of every class of society in the town of Middlemarch—from the landed gentry and clergy to the manufacturers and professional men, farmers, and labourers. The focus, however, is on the thwarted idealism of its two principal characters, Dorothea Brooke and Tertius Lydgate, both of whom marry disastrously.
Saturday, 19 June 2021
Thursday, 17 June 2021
The Latin title is from Horace (1st century BC) and it means “it is sweet and proper”. This is followed by the phrase pro patria mori, or “to die for one’s country” in English.
The poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war. It combines two sonnets and is formed by 28 lines. Read here.
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Bertha Mason is a complex presence in Jane Eyre. She impedes Jane’s happiness, but she also catalyses the growth of Jane’s self-understanding. The mystery surrounding Bertha establishes suspense and terror to the plot and the atmosphere. Further, Bertha serves as a reminder of Rochester’s youthful libertinism (=the behavior of a libertine, a person who is unrestrained by convention or morality,
Yet Bertha can be interpreted as a symbol. Some critics have read her as a statement about the way Britain feared and psychologically “locked away” the other cultures it encountered at the height of its imperialism. Others have seen her as a symbolic representation of the “trapped” Victorian wife, who is expected never to travel or work outside the house and becomes ever more frenzied as she finds no outlet for her frustration and anxiety. Within the story, then, Bertha’s insanity could serve as a warning to Jane of what complete surrender to Rochester could bring about.