Category Archives: Thoughts

Suspension of Embarrassment

‘Suspension of Disbelief’ is a phrase first introduced by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. According to Wikipedia, the phrase is now used as a state of mind required of the reader. In order to enter the world that is proposed by the … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf – Jacob’s Room

Published in 1922, ‘Jacob’s Room’ (JR) is Virginia Woolf’s third novel. Her first two novels had a more conventional form, but JR is a modernist novel. According to a quote from Woolf’s diary, mentioned in the introduction, JR is the … Continue reading

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Winifred Holtby – South Riding

The world is what we make it, she would preach; take what you want. Take it – and pay for it. This is the motto of Sarah Burton, one of the main characters of Winifred Holtby’s 1936 novel ‘South Riding’. … Continue reading

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Paul Gallico – Mrs Harris goes to Paris

‘Mrs Harris goes to Paris’ is a novel published by American writer Paul Gallico in 1958. It was published in the UK under the title ‘Flowers for Mrs Harris’. I read the reissue as part of the Bloomsbury Group by … Continue reading

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Angus Wilson – Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

‘Anglo-Saxon attitudes’ follows 64-year-old history professor Gerald Middleton as he deals with some unfinished business both in his private and professional life. Professor Middleton has not produced a lot of scientific output in recent years, due to his suspicions about … Continue reading

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Nicola Beauman – A very great profession

‘A very great profession’ gives an overview of novels written by women in the inter-war period. It is organized around eight themes, ranging from Romance to Psychoanalysis. Novels relevant to the theme of the chapter are discussed, quoted and put … Continue reading

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Wilkie Collins – The Moonstone

‘The Moonstone’ is a great read. It was published in 1868 in separate installments and it is an epistolary novel. Similar to ‘The woman in white’, several characters write down their experiences, which together form the story. The title refers … Continue reading

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