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PolyReading : The Verdict

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It’s been a month since I threw caution and sense out of the library window and embraced polyreading. My plan was to read Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’, Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’; Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’; Flora… Continue reading

The broken windows of their souls

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I wonder about Huxley, Joyce and Milton. How they coped with their terrible malfunctioning eyes. From what I have read of Milton and Huxley, not a lot of it is visual. They are… Continue reading

Pilgrim’s Progress

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The use of time-travel in ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ is just one of many devices employed by Kurt Vonnegut to prevent his readers getting too comfortable with his tale of war. After the initial reaction, it’s… Continue reading

How Football saved Camus from Bohemian Rhapsody

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I’m extremely intolerant to certain music. Some songs irritate me so much I have to leave the room if they come on. Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘El Condor Pasa’; Elton John’s ‘Circle of Life’;… Continue reading

Nicholas Nickleby (and my cat)

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I read Nicholas Nickleby when I was about sixteen, and so to launch my Dickens Challenge, thought I’d start off by running through it again. I’m glad I did, as I had it… Continue reading

Reading Challenges Are Like Biscuits

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Come on, I can’t have just one. That would be wrong. More than a week into 2015, the year I was going to embrace challenges to help me read outside my zone, and… Continue reading

What In God’s Name Is Up With The Gods?

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Film and the snippets of legends in the public consciousness make the Greek gods out to be so, well damn god-like. Sitting about what looks like a health spa on a mountain in… Continue reading