Book review: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle, 1993

Winner of the Booker Prize in 1993 I made a sincere effort to read as many of the Booker Prize winners as could reasonably be expected earlier this year (see a number of reviews) – but the award of this year’s Booker to Hilary Mantel for Bring Out the Bodies, the sequel to the 2009Continue reading “Book review: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle, 1993”

Book review: Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoievsky

Raskolnikov, a former student, having discontinued his studies through lack of money, lives a bitterly impoverished life in St Petersburg. His pride is wounded by receiving small amounts of money from his mother and sister living in the country. He hears from his mother that his sister has recently left her post as a governessContinue reading “Book review: Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoievsky”

Book review: The Hound of the D’Urbevilles by Kim Newman

Why restrict yourself to one clever idea – the Holmes stories written from the perspective of Moriarty’s Watson? – when two – mixing in themes characters and plots from 19th Century fiction – will be twice the fun? Well, perhaps on reflection the whole is less than the sum of the parts, if I canContinue reading “Book review: The Hound of the D’Urbevilles by Kim Newman”

Supplementary: Further thoughts on Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan

I said at the end of August I was going to revisit Sweet Tooth after a period of reflection. Having read a couple of interesting reviews of this novel, as well as some commentary on Atonement, which although utterly different from this novel in terms of setting has some interesting parallels, I have what IContinue reading “Supplementary: Further thoughts on Sweet Tooth – Ian McEwan”