Book Review – FARABEUF by Salvador Elizondo

Farabeuf by Salvador Elizondo English

Farabeuf or, The Chronicle of an Instant Synopsis : A ’60s Mexican cult masterpiece, Farabeuf is an enigmatic vision of the French surgeon L.H. Farabeuf’s curious existence, from his morbidly erotic obsessions to his life as an inventor of grisly surgical instruments, an amateur photographer, and possibly even a spy in occupied Beijing during the Boxer Rebellion. With […]

Book Review – THE CANTERVILLE GHOST by Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost audio

The Canterville Ghost Synopsis : A terrifying ghost is haunting the ancient mansion of Canterville Chase, complete with creaking floorboards, clanking chains and gruesome disguises – but the new occupants seem strangely undisturbed by his presence. Deftly contrasting the conventional gothic ghost story with the pragmatism of the modern world, Wilde creates a gently comic fable of […]

Book Review – LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN by Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde audio

Lady Windermere’s Fan Synopsis: Oscar Wilde’s first play confronts the hypocrisy of public “morality” compared with genuine, private kindness. When it opened in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan was an instant success and now, more than a century later, it continues to be revived frequently. The reasons for its popularity are not difficult to identify: the play’s […]

A Classics Challenge – admitting defeat

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Well, there is no use beating around the bush – I failed in my attempt to read lots more classics during 2012, despite signing up to November Autumns’ A Classics Challenge. The challenge goal was to read at least 7 classics during 2012 and respond to the question/discussion held at Katherine’s blog on the 4th […]


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest Synopsis This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.” Wilde’s […]

Book Review – A ROOM WITH A VIEW by E M Forster

A Room With A View by E M Forster

A Room With A View Synopsis Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Edwardian England, personified in her terminally […]

A Classics Challenge – Sign-up

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Having just finished reading Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair, a very fun novel about the protection of the classics, I am inspired to find more time this year to read classics. To help me achieve this goal I am signing up to the 2012 A Classics Challenge hosted by Katherine @ November’s Autumn. The challenge goal […]