Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens: A Study of Selfishness

‘My main object in this story was, to exhibit in a variety of aspects the commonest of all the vices; to show how Selfishness propagates itself; and to what a grim giant it may grow, from small beginnings.’        This book isn’t one I’d planned to read & it’s not a Dickens’ title … Continue reading Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens: A Study of Selfishness

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

The Storming of the Bastille by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel *   Charles Dickens wrote fifteen novels, the final book remained unfinished at the time of his death. Two out of the fifteen were historical fiction – Barnaby Rudge, written in 1841 and A Tale of Two Cities in 1859. *  A Tale of Two Cities begins and … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Madame How & Lady Why by Charles Kingsley – Part 1: The Glen

“. . . it is by watching the common natural things around you, and considering the lilies of the field, how they grow, that you will begin at least to learn that far Diviner mystery, that you have a Father in Heaven.”   Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)     Madame How & Lady Why (MHLW) is … Continue reading Madame How & Lady Why by Charles Kingsley – Part 1: The Glen

Book Reviews

My Pinterest Book Board – I’ve started this account for book reviews. My other Pinterest page is mostly connected to my old blog but I’m adding in links to this blog also: here. It has links to AmblesideOnline books and years. If you are looking for specific book, author, or subject, try the search option … Continue reading Book Reviews

The Growth of a Soul: Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)

  Daniel Deronda was George Eliot’s final novel and her most controversial work.The book contains a double plot, which was quite common with Victorian novelists such as Charles Dickens and William Thackeray, but Eliot took an unusual direction in this novel by introducing a Jewish theme. Between 1860 and 1874, the idea of re-establishing a … Continue reading The Growth of a Soul: Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)

  19th Century Manchester   Subtitled A Tale of Manchester Life, Mary Barton is the story of working class poverty in the industrial city of Manchester during the early to mid 1800’s. It was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel and in the preface she writes: ‘Three years ago I became anxious (from circumstances that need not … Continue reading Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (1848)