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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would have come to know that I am on a bit of a John Le Carré kick right now. I finished The Tailor of Panama a couple of months back, then picked up The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Unlike The Tailor of Panama, which was nice but bloated, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is short and really cold.

My Family and Other Animals


I first read My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell as a pre-teen, just when I was beginning to leave my childhood infatuation with animals (and dreams of becoming a vet) behind, and moving onto more adult pleasures – like makeup, fashion magazines, and romance novels.

At that time, reading this book extended my childhood for a few more months I think before I fully tumbled into teen-hood. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that when I saw this book in the library recently, I happily picked it up again for a reread.

Washington Square


The shy and sweet daughter of a well-to-do physician, Catherine Sloper seems destined for lifelong spinsterhood until the sudden appearance of a dashing suitor who proposes marriage. Her adored father suspects the would-be fiancé of fortune-hunting and threatens her with disinheritance, forcing Catherine to choose between lover and father. ~ Synopsis from Amazon The book starts with an ...

Captains Courageous


Harvey Cheyne is fifteen years old and the spoiled son of a railway tycoon – a combination that is not conducive to pleasantness. In general, he’s extremely spoiled and likes to lord it over everyone.

While traveling on a luxury ship across the Atlantic Ocean, he accidentally falls off the ship and is fished out from the sea by a fishing boat. Harvey imperiously demands to be dropped back home, but he gets a thump on the side of his head for his impudence.

He’s then put to work in the shipping boat learning the duties of a fisherman until the fishing season is over and they can return back to shore. The gruff and hearty crew teach the young man to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

The entire book is about how this episode in Harvey Cheyne’s life teaches him some hard life lessons and eventually turns out to be the making of him.

To Have and Have Not


Before I started reading this book, I browsed online for a few reviews and saw that many people consider To Have and Have Not as Hemingway's worst book. So I went into this book with a considerable amount of trepidation thinking it's going to be dense and unreadable. I needn't have worried, I was in ...

The Classics Club – August Meme Question #13


The Classics Club Monthly Meme The Classics Club monthly meme is another way to bring members of The Classics Club together. The meme question for this month is: Do you read forewords/notes that precede many classics? Does it help you or hurt you in your enjoyment/understanding of the work? This is a very simple and straight-forward question ...