“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and… Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

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“Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

Through studying Irish fiction, I finally got around to reading Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. After getting past the original difficulty with McBride's stream-of-consciousness narrative, what I found was a particularly disturbing novel that has stuck with me for some time. McBride's next novel, The Lesser Bohemians, whilst slightly less difficult to read (in no… Continue reading “Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

  “Who's they?" He wanted to know. "Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?" "Every one of them," Yossarian told him. "Every one of whom?" "Every one of whom do you think?" "I haven't any idea." "Then how do you know they aren't?" When you think about books about war, what comes… Continue reading “Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

Review: Watership Down

“Rabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of these is certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream of their life carry them along, past reaches of terror and loss. They have a certain quality which it would not be accurate to describe as callousness or… Continue reading Review: Watership Down

Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

I've been a fan of the Harry Potter series ever since I read The Philosopher's Stone when I was 8 years old- and ever since then it's been a major part of my life. Three Halloweens in a row as Hermione, a ginger cuddly cat named Crookshanks, and a jar of Bertie Botts' Every Flavour Beans later,… Continue reading Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

The Perks of Old School Intertextuality

Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an immensely popular novel- and in essence, a coming of age novel. We're following Charlie through his (sometimes) awkward high school years,and everything that comes along with that- the love interests, the drugs, the music, the literature.  So much literature. The character of Charlie's teacher Bill seems to… Continue reading The Perks of Old School Intertextuality

“Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature

"If you set yourself to it, you can live the same life, rich or poor. You can keep on with your books and your ideas. You just got to say to yourself, "I'm a free man in here"- he tapped his forehead -"and you're alright." Poverty in literature is the opposite of poverty in real… Continue reading “Genuinely Down and Out”- The Richness of Poverty in Literature