W.H. Auden is great for heartbreak. Pathetic, I know – I am too acutely aware of my own cynicism, my own failures. I should have listened to the Love Through the Ages AQA poetry anthology more. True love doesn’t exist, but boys who really know how to fuck up do. And that’s enough insight into my personal life, because I’m… Read More crying? W.H. Auden.
Well. Well. Was I the only person who expected this novel to be, quite frankly, worse? I had expected a skin-crawling, watching-sex-scenes-with-the-parents cringefest, in regards to the relationship between Paul Morel and his mother. Stupid me for expecting Lawrence to write something so crass as that. And, thank Christ, that means no Oedipus-complex sex. This is… Read More Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence
I admit, I am a sucker for the soppy stories. Love and holding hands and sweet stolen kisses! This time last year, if you’d have told me that I would be embracing the idea of true love, I would have (figuratively) whacked you round the back of the head with my five-in-one collection of Dickens’… Read More A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Happy Valentine’s Day to me, destined to die alone with a bottle of red. Oh well – I can drown my sorrows not only in alcohol, but also in literature, as I am certain that there are characters out there worse off than myself. They probably don’t have Hamlet tickets. With Andrew Scott in the… Read More Happy Valentine’s Day
We all have our favourite characters, and relationships, from throughout literature. You might be a The Fault in Our Stars devotee (if so, then there’s not much to see here), or a firm believer in the Golden Trio *HIGH FIVE*, or simply an advocate of JohnLock. Which I am – I can so imagine marital… Read More PART ONE: Best (well, entertaining) Relationships in Literature