Book review: The Siege of Krishnapur, by J G Farrell, 1973

I found myself becoming increasingly troubled by J G Farrell’s Booker prize winning ‘The Siege of Krishnapur’. It is not a bad novel, but it has some serious flaws. It is based on the Indian Mutiny of 1857/8. In India this conflict is known as the Indian rebellion, but you would not know that fromContinue reading “Book review: The Siege of Krishnapur, by J G Farrell, 1973”

Book review: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, 1966

“There is always another side, always.” As you may know, Jean Rhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ tells the story from ‘Jane Eyre’ of Mr Rochester’s first wife, the ‘mad woman in the attic’, Bertha Mason. The idea of giving a voice to a relatively minor character from a classic work of literature may not have beenContinue reading “Book review: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, 1966”

Book review: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1902

Read in a 1980’s Penguin edition with an introduction by Paul O’Prey When I read a book that intend to blog about, I usually try to keep a pencil to hand to underline passages that I think might be of interest, relevant to the review, or otherwise worth making a note of. With Heart ofContinue reading “Book review: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 1902”

Book review: Kim, by Rudyard Kipling, 1901

Many of the classic novels I have been reading in recent weeks have been reasonably familiar to me. often this is through film or television adaptations, or from having read versions or parts of the novel decades ago. ‘Kim’ is an exception to that general rule – although I had heard of the novel, IContinue reading “Book review: Kim, by Rudyard Kipling, 1901”

Book review: A Passage to India – E M Forster – 1924

The narrative point of view in A Passage to India is elusive. At points, particularly when describing (supposedly) neutral scenes such as landscape, Forster uses a traditional, omniscient narrative voice. The landscape (or similar) is not however simply described – the description includes subtle (and sometimes not so subtle – see below) judgments and observations.Continue reading “Book review: A Passage to India – E M Forster – 1924”