Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: The English Lesson by Margaret Bonham

Miss. Maurer is a new English teacher at a girls’ school. She has to teach seventeen girls in IVa, and so far it has proven to be a tiring job. Miss. Maurer is yet to set the tone in the class, so if she is too kind her students become naughty, and if she is […]

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

I am kind of ashamed to admit that I had not heard of Dmitri Shostakovich before I read The Noise of Time. As a fan of classical music, I don’t know how I missed on Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian, who is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Dmitri lived during […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Minnie’s Room by Mollie Panter-Downes

Minnie’s Room is the second story by Mollie Panter-Downes that is in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. A few weeks back I read Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, first of Mollie’s short stories in the collection and thoroughly enjoyed it. Similar to Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, Minnie’s Room is a beautifully crafted short story. The […]

The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott

The Pilgrim Hawk is a very short novel. It describes the events that take place in a single summer afternoon in the late 1920s at a French chateau. The owner of the house is Alexandra (Alex) Henry, a young American heiress. Her friend, Alwyn Towers, an American expatriate/ novelist is staying with her, served by […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Spade Man from Over the Water by Frances Towers

Frances Towers is not new to me. I have wanted to buy Tea with Mr. Rochester (Persephone Book #44), her only book (Frances Towers had died suddenly of pneumonia) for a while now. Spade Man from Over the Water is a short story which appears in Tea with Mr. Rochester as well, so this was a […]

The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie (Book vs. TV)

As you might remember reading a vintage crime book per month is one of my reading goals this year. Last month I started reading Agatha Cristie’s Poirot novels, and since I am reading them in order, The Murder on the Links is what was up next for me. After rekindling his friendship with Hercule Poirot […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Wednesday by Dorothy Whipple

Wednesday is the second short story by Dorothy Whipple in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. (I reviewed A Lovely Time earlier) As beautiful and realistic Dorothy Whipple’s short stories are, sometimes they can be a bit agonizing. But pain is part and parcel of life, so it is not necessarily a bad thing. The […]

The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis

The Barrowfields is a coming-of-age novel which follows the life of Henry Jr. It is also a family saga which chronicles the lives of three generations of a family from Old Buckram in North Carolina. The story begins with accounts of lives of Henry Jr.’s parental grandparents. His parental grandparents are hill people and not well-off […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Subject for a Sermon by Elizabeth Berridge

A woman had to add to her usual rules of companion and mother, that of organizer. Naturally this involved sacrifices, loss and pain. It was a struggle all the time, with no medals at the end. Subject for Sermon is another wartime story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. The main character of the […]

The Misunderstanding by Irène Némirovsky

It turns out Wikipedia had me fooled (but honestly, I should have known better)! 😀 When I came up with the order for my Irène Némirovsky year-long project, I referred the publication years given on Wikipedia for Irène’s books. According to Wikipedia The Misunderstanding by Irène Némirovsky was published in 1930. However, it turns out […]