Book review: Yellow Dog, by Martin Amis, 2003

There is an undeniable trajectory to Martin Amis’s novels – downward. Not just in quality but in coherence, tone and taste. He peopled his 2003 effort ‘Yellow Dog’ with disgusting grotesques and events that made it hard to stomach. The best I can say about this novel is that it is not as bad asContinue reading “Book review: Yellow Dog, by Martin Amis, 2003”

Book review: Pride and Prejudice in ten key paragraphs (Part 2)

Chapter 43 This chapter opens with the fateful visit to Pemberley, where Elizabeth is so anxious to avoid accidentally bumping into Darcy that she travels halfway across the country to visit his family home. Elizabeth, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation; and when at length theyContinue reading “Book review: Pride and Prejudice in ten key paragraphs (Part 2)”

Book review: Pride and Prejudice in ten key paragraphs (part one)

I thought I would take a different approach to writing about this classic to end all classics, by picking out ten key paragraphs from the novel and paying them some careful attention. This analysis assumes a familiarity with the key events and characters of the novel. Incidentally, despite the misleading headline description of this post,Continue reading “Book review: Pride and Prejudice in ten key paragraphs (part one)”