Category Archives: Classics

Books I Ought to Read No.5: Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

I have, for the longest time, been intending to get around to reading Old Goriot, but as usual never quite got around to it. It seems I am not alone. When I took my secondhand copy, an old Caxton Edition … Continue reading

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

There are moments in reading that catch you just so, that transform a book into an experience. Perhaps it is just a matter of timing, that you’ve achieved just the right blend of vulnerability, receptiveness and desire and the writer … Continue reading

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Essays in Idleness and Hōjōki by Kenkō and Chōmei (translated by Meredith McKinney)

“Where can one be, what can one do, to find a little safe shelter in this world, and a little peace of mind?” February has been a patchy reading month, it has been interesting and a bit wild, and I’ve … Continue reading

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Books I Ought to Read No. 4: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

“One of these days,” she said, “I’m going to pull myself together for a while and think – try to determine what character of a woman I am; for candidly, I don’t know. By all those codes which I am … Continue reading

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The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

First published in 1906, The Book of Tea is a neat little book about the art of the Japanese tea ceremony, as well as the history and philosophies that have shaped it. The tea ceremony is a fascinating aspect of … Continue reading

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Books I Ought to Read No. 3: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

I’ve tried to read The House of Mirth before. It wasn’t really a very serious attempt; I started reading and thought ‘this is interesting’ and then put it down and read something else. After my last books I ought to … Continue reading

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Books I Ought to Read: No. 1 – Howards End by E. M. Forster

Shortly before I went on my summer holiday I was thinking about reading. Well, I am often thinking about reading: what I want to read, what I want to review, the kinds of books I want to be exposed to; … Continue reading

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