Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke

With magic a lost art in England, two men, Mr Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and his student Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvel) look to bring it back to the popularity it had in the past.  When Strange’s powers seemingly surpass Norrell’s the two begin to feud about how magic should be used in England, Norrell wanting toContinue reading “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke”

Flowers for Algernon * Daniel Keyes

I ran into this book recommendation on Reddit of all places, talking about IQ, EQ and other interesting things. I had it on my radar and I decided to bite the bullet and read it over a week. I was totally mistaken on how long it actually took me to finish it – 2 daysContinue reading “Flowers for Algernon * Daniel Keyes”

Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities

This classic and much-loved novel about the French Revolution offers deep social commentary and an intriguing cast of characters. One of the best-selling novels of all time, Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities recounts the story of Alexandre Manette, a French physician who is released from a long imprisonment on the eve of the French Revolution.Continue reading “Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities”

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice under the title First Impressions in 1796, at the age of twenty-one. She probably wrote the first draft as an epistolary novel, meaning the plot unfoldedContinue reading “Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)”

Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea But sad mortality o’er-sways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower? O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of batt’ring days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout, NorContinue reading “Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea”

Edgar Guest’s poem from “The Secret of the Ages, by Robert Collier, [1926]”

You can do as much as you think you can, But you’ll never accomplish more; If you’re afraid of yourself, young man, There’s little for you in store. For failure comes from the inside first, It’s there, if we only knew it, And you can win, though you face the worst, If you feel thatContinue reading “Edgar Guest’s poem from “The Secret of the Ages, by Robert Collier, [1926]””