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Reviving the Classics: Goblin Market

Reviving the Classics: Goblin Market ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars ‘Come buy, Come buy.’ With this cry, an attempt at marketing to be sure, the goblin merchants advertised their goods to two young girls. While Lizzie closed her eyes, like she was supposed to, her sister Laura succumbed and tried the forbidden fruits, payingContinue reading “Reviving the Classics: Goblin Market”

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Reviving the Classics: The Romance of a Shop

The Romance of a Shop ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars When Mr Lorimer died, he left his four unmarried daughters in a difficult economic situation. Despite offers of help from friends and relatives, the sisters decide to fend for themselves and open a photography business… The Romance of a Shop by Amy Levy is aContinue reading “Reviving the Classics: The Romance of a Shop”

Reviving the classics: The Beetle

Reviving the classics: The Beetle ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars In London, Robert Holt encounters a mysterious figure who, through mesmerism, forces him to do his bidding. He is sent to the house of an influential politician, Paul Lessingham, to steal some papers from his desk. When discovered and pursued, he utters ‘the Beetle’Continue reading “Reviving the classics: The Beetle”

Non-fiction: A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas

A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas  by Virginia Woolf ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 out of 5 stars This little book contains two long essays written by Virginia Woolf. They present the incredible mind of the author, her opinions and the world she was living in. Woolf wrote in a beautiful but simple style, touching on subjects that were importantContinue reading “Non-fiction: A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas”

Reviving the classics: Cranford

Cranford ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars Cranford is an unusual book. It is a novel but reads more like a collection of short stories. The narrator is Mary, a young woman who visits Cranford— a small town where the society consists of a set of older ladies, widows and spinsters. Throughout the years, she keepsContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Cranford”

Reviving the classics: The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars An English gentleman, Edward Prendick, shipwrecked in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, finds himself at the mercy of Dr Moreau. Taken to his secluded island, Prendick finds himself in the middle of Moreau’s controversial experiments. Fascinated by natural sciences and evolutionism, Moreau shapedContinue reading “Reviving the classics: The Island of Doctor Moreau”

Reviving the classics: To the Lighthouse

To The Lighthouse ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars Mr and Mrs Ramsey spend their summer holidays surrounded by their children and friends. They have walks, talk about philosophy, and indulge in their passions like reading, poetry or painting. The returning topic is a trip to the nearby Lighthouse… This book is difficult to summarise,Continue reading “Reviving the classics: To the Lighthouse”

Reviving the classics: Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses Metamorphoses is an ancient text, a masterpiece comparable to the works of Homer and Virgil. Written by Ovid in verse, it is usually translated into prose form. It is a collection of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. It includes the most famous tales, like the creation of the world, the stories of Narcissus, Perseus,Continue reading “Reviving the classics: Metamorphoses”

Reviving the classics: The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars ‘There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.’[1] Written by Oscar Wilde in the preface to his famous book The Picture of Dorian Grey, this statement can be used to sumContinue reading “Reviving the classics: The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Reviving the classics: Dracula

Dracula ⭐⭐⭐.5 stars out of 5 I always wonder how many young people do not realise that one of the most recognisable Gothic figures, Count Dracula, originated not in old movies but a novel by Bran Stocker. In Dracula, a young lawyer, Jonathan Harper, was sent to visit a castle in Transylvania to finalise the purchaseContinue reading “Reviving the classics: Dracula”