Doll Common

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (74 of 78)
Location: Cambridge, UK
Birthday: 19 Mar


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,636,844 - Total Helpful Votes: 74 of 78
Aspects of the Novel (Penguin Classics) by E.M. Forster
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you have any interest in the novel as an art form, this should be on your reading wish-list. But don't labour under the impression that 'Aspects of the Novel' is worthy in the sense of being dry, tedious or difficult. It is easy to read, delicious to dip into, entertaining and down to earth.
Forster is unpompous, straightforward, personal and writes (or, more properly, speaks) to all - it's not a 'critics' or academics' book - it really is for all who are simply interested in the genre as a whole. Divided into comnon-sensical sections (people, story, plot, patterns etc.), Forster uses a large range of examples and extracts to make his opinions and arguments come to life… Read more
Schooling (Vintage Contemporaries) by Heather McGowan
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I can't even remember what drew me to buying this book, but I'm extremely pleased I did. It wasn't what I expected, and it took me a little time to get into the writing style. Once it 'clicked' though, I was utterly engrossed and didn't want the book to end.

Public school novels are one of my guilty pleasures, and this one ticks all the right boxes - sympathetic outsider protagonist, entertaining scrapes and rule-breaking, boundary-crossing teacher-pupil relationships and all the joys of everyday school life. However, McGowan manages to breathe new life into the genre by writing in a hauting stream-of-conschiousness/ interior monologue style, in which all these elements form… Read more
A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings (Oxford W&hellip by Laurence Sterne
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best read if you've already read Tristram Shandy, Sterne uses similar techniques as in his more ambitious work, and it has a similar 'finished or unfinished?' question hanging over it.

Whilst we only get to see a snapshot of one of Tristram Shandy's best characters, A Sentimental Journey gives us more of the inimitable parson Yorick, a magnanimous, hilarious, bumbling, rather-more-lustful-than-a-parson-should-be Englishman abroad. Yorick, along with Tristram is another of Sterne's autobiographical incarnations, (his sermons, which are actually Sterne's own, are collected elsewhere) giving a fascinating insight into one of the most idiosyncratic, hilarious and genuinely brilliant… Read more

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