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 […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Good Evening, Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes

Good Evening, Mrs. Craven is another excellent short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. If Good Evening, Mrs. Craven sounds familiar to you, it is probably because Persephone Book #8 is also named the same! Persephone Book #8 is a collection of war stories by Mollie Panter-Downes written between 1939 and 1944. Judging by Good Evening, Mrs. Craven, […]

Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard is not an entirely new author to me. While I have not read any of her books before, I have watched the film adaptation of Labor Day. I am not sure if it remains faithful to the book, but I enjoyed the plot in Labor Day, and that made me interested in Joyce Maynard’s books. In Joyce […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: Defeat by Kay Boyle

Defeat written in 1941 is anther favorite of mine in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. Its author, Kay Boyle was born in the US. She later moved to London before returning to the US during World War II. Kay has written both novels and short stories even though her novels are mostly forgotten now. […]

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Book vs. TV)

With Agatha Christie’s Poirot being available on Netflix, I thought now will be a good time to reattempt reading Agatha Cristie novels. I like to do things in order, so the book I picked is Agatha Cristie’s first published novel which also introduced Hercule Poirot to the world. According to John Curran’s Introduction, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the […]