Tag: Back to the Classics Challenge

Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Posted February 23, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) I’m not a horror fan, so I’ve never made an effort to read the classics of the genre — but for one reason or another, in the last few years I’ve read Frankenstein, Dracula, and now this brief but hugely influential tale […]

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Posted January 19, 2020 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 31 Comments
Back to the Classics Challenge

Having finished my goal of reading 50 books from my Classics Club list, I have a hankering for another classics-based challenge. And so I return to Back to the Classics, which I’ve participated in in the past and enjoyed very much. The categories chosen by Karen of Books and Chocolate give an added layer of […]

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Challenge Update

Posted December 20, 2017 by Lory in blog housekeeping, challenges / 20 Comments
Challenge Update

How did I do with the reading challenges I undertook this year? Here’s a round-up of my progress, or lack thereof, along with my intentions for next year. I always do well with the Book Blogger Discussion Challenge, perhaps because I set a reasonable goal for myself (one discussion per month), and so far I […]

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The 1951 Club: My Cousin Rachel

Posted April 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 39 Comments
The 1951 Club: My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel (1951) The 1951 Club is the latest in a series of events put together by Simon of Stuck in a Book and Karen of Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, which encourages us to read books published in a particular year. Please visit Simon’s blog for links to other 1951 books — […]

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To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Posted March 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Mary Renault, The King Must Die (1958) Mary Renault, The Bull from the Sea (1962) What is a true king? That question runs throughout the two historical novels that Mary Renault wrote about Theseus, the legendary ruler of Athens. As the young hero grows up, from mysterious beginnings, through trials that test his strength both […]

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Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Posted March 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921) After watching the 1952 movie of Scaramouche, with its brilliant fencing matches between Mel Ferrer and Stewart Granger, I became curious to read the book. How would the author deal with these exciting action sequences? And would the book give more context and background for the historical and political aspects of […]

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When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Posted February 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Rumer Godden, A Fugue in Time (1945) Rumer Godden’s storytelling style often involves shifts in time and point of view, sometimes within the same paragraph or even the same sentence. In A Fugue in Time, she made time-shifting the whole basis of the narrative, telling interwoven stories of three different generations within the same London […]

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A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Posted February 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Margaret Kennedy, Troy Chimneys (1952) I’ve just finished Troy Chimneys, and already I want to read it again. This is partly to try to puzzle out the chronology, which is confused by a complicated multi-layer structure of diaries and letters bandied back and forth between various generations of different families — but it’s also because […]

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Posted December 13, 2016 by Lory in challenges / 20 Comments
Back to the Classics Challenge

With my focus on the Reading New England challenge this year, I didn’t manage to meet my goal of twelve books for the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate — but I did complete six of the categories, and I’m pretty happy about that. Here’s what I read, with links to […]

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The Pleasure of the Journey: Three Men in a Boat

Posted August 26, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 26 Comments
The Pleasure of the Journey: Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (1889) This summer, I finally read the comic classic Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. As I had found references to its characters and incidents in several other books (notably To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis), there was much that was […]

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