Pride and Prejudice and violent young lovers

As one of the most famous and beloved novels ever written, Pride and Prejudice needs little introduction. Instead, I’ll pose the question: what makes a book re-readable? Many people return to Pride and Prejudice , myself included, for a reliably entertaining and heartwarming story. There is a special delight which comes with reading Jane Austen,…

A.S. Byatt’s Possession

The joy of being understood, being read by another person and equally understanding and loving that person in return, is explored in all its beauty and pain in A.S. Byatt’s novel, Possession. Possession has been on my reading list for some time and at last I have spent the past few weeks blissfully submerged in its…

Revisiting Villette’s heroine

The heroine of Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, Lucy Snowe, is an iconic unreliable narrator, a true outsider who carefully observes and carefully divulges what she has seen and what she knows. Who are you, Miss Snowe?” she inquired, in a tone of such undisguised and unsophisticated curiosity, as made me laugh in my turn. 307 Villette is…