Jane Austen, Love Her or Hate Her? – The Classics Club’s March meme

The question for The Classics Club’s March meme is: Do you love Jane Austen or want to “dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone”? (Phrase borrowed from Mark Twain). 1. Why? (for either answer)? 2. Favorite and/or least favorite Austen novel?   Honestly, I can’t decide just yet. I have only read two books of her; the first was … Continue reading Jane Austen, Love Her or Hate Her? – The Classics Club’s March meme

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Mind you—this will be a long review. Young Pip was a poor orphan, to begin with. He lived in the marsh country with his old sister and her husband, Joe Gargery the blacksmith. One Christmas day, by the tombstone of his father and mother and brothers on the churchyard, he met an escaped convict from a prison-ship. This convict with a forceful threat ordered Pip … Continue reading Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

Quotes: Pip to Estella, the Agony of Romantic Love

I have never read a declaration of romantic love so strong, so desperate, and so agonizing as Pip’s love for Estella in Great Expectations. So here are some quotes from the book to put it in the picture. A love against everything “The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her … Continue reading Quotes: Pip to Estella, the Agony of Romantic Love