Anna Lee Scarlett

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (13 of 16)
Location: England


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Mother Can You Hear Me? by Margaret Forster
Mother Can You Hear Me? by Margaret Forster
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'm of two minds about this book: part of me applauds the gritty frankness of the emotions laid bare and the honesty of the feelings that are taboo (to find one's elderly mother a dreaded burden, to consider oneself before one's children), but part of me found it a tiresome and dragging read, for one main reason: the main character, Angela, is very dislikeable.

The narrative follows Angela's relationships with her increasingly feeble mother and her increasingly disdainful daughter. She is determined not to force upon her daughter the sticky and impossible-to-escape web of duty that her mother enforced upon her. Some of Angela's burdens are understandable and even sympathetic: we… Read more
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics) by Edward Albee
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Edward Albee is a criminally underrated playwright of an era which produced similarly brilliant artists like Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill. Albee is right up there with the greatest of the greats, with this, his most famous play.

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' is shocking, disturbing, and profoundly thought-provoking. The amalgamation of imported European absurdism and harsh, biting realism is skilfully managed to produce a piece of drama so equally sad, haunting and hilarious. There are some brilliant lines to come out of this text - Albee makes you laugh out loud at the weird and wonderful world of George and Martha (named for the Washingtons) as he… Read more
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Reading the first few pages, you are confronted with the premise that the narrator is a young girl who has been murdered and who is watching her family and friends from heaven. I reacted with doubt: it sounds like it might make for a saccharine, sickly sweet, girlish novel. In truth, Sebold creates something so much more. It really is hard to put the book down as the fast-flowing narrative follows years of the Salmon household struggling to deal with their tragedy.

Dealing with such a sad subject, the novel is of course emotional, but it never milks its subject matter for cheap sympathy. You might find yourself almost moved to tears by a few simple paragraphs tucked away amidst a… Read more