The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: Impressions

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides: Impressions

Although I enjoyed The Marriage Plot overall, ultimately it fell short of realizing its potential. Eugenides is no doubt a talented author, and clearly does not rush anything to publication, having only published 3 novels in almost 20 years, but this could possibly have done with a little extra tweaking.  This book has been out […]

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham: Impressions

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham: Impressions

A friend of mine leant me By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham a couple months ago, saying I should read it if I liked The Hours. While I didn’t enjoy it as much as his most well-known novel, it was still an engaging, fast read with the occasional delightful little insight. By Nightfall is told in the third person, but […]

The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer: Impressions

The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer: Impressions

Disclaimer: I absolutely adored The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer. First lines: “The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought, enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage, I could have said, but why ruin everything now?” Background/sysnopsis: […]

The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Edith Warton’s The Age of Innocence gives us a glimpse of what life was like for the New York elite in the 1870s. Social conventions are valued more highly than anything, than happiness or even money. Newland Archer despised this aspect of his well-privileged life, and spends the novel inwardly wanting to rebel against it and […]

to change or not to change

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet — or so Shakespeare would have us believe. Perhaps that’s true, but wouldn’t renaming certain roses ‘lilacs’ and some ‘daisies’ and others ‘mums’ begin to get a little confusing? Ay, and there’s the rub in the decision to change one’s name […]