20 classics #12: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. Read more about this project here. See the other classics here. Why did I want to read it? I’d only read Emma and Pride and Prejudice of Austen's novels, and when I heard that Northanger Abbey was a sort of satire of the gothic novel, I was intrigued. I also visited Bath … Continue reading 20 classics #12: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Picador, 2004 9780330483216 (paperback, ebook) I was going to refer to Nick, the protagonist of The Line of Beauty, as unambitious. But when I think about it, it’s just that his ambitions are not professional. They are romantic, aesthetic, and social. Another skill he has is taking in the pleasure of the moment, and even … Continue reading The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

20 classics in 2011 #4: Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I only heard of Angela Carter, strangely, when I started my doctorate and attended a seminar about one of the stories in The Bloody Chamber. It included a hand-out with an extract of the story. Feminist, … Continue reading 20 classics in 2011 #4: Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter