book clubbing:American Pastoral (1998)

I spent countless hours in bookshops. I love independent bookshops like the London Review where everything is carefully selected and the staff will help you find something totally to your taste, but my favourite bookshops are probably secondhand bookshops, stacked high with all sorts. You feel like you’ve done something satisfactory when you come home […]

iconography:Thea Fenchel

“As for Thea, sometimes she looked more barbarous than they did in spite of the civilized lipstick and conventional shape of the jodhpurs she wore.”   Okay so it has taken me quite some time to get my act together and talk about my third and final Augie March love, Thea Fenchel. but that’s because she’s […]

iconography:mimi villars

‘Mimi didn’t care about secrecy. She led a proclaimed life, and once she got talking she held back nothing.’ So, as we’re all aware, I have fallen head over heels with the women in Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March. They are written with such sympathy, such character, and such warmth that it was […]

friday likes 15/2/13

Happy Friday all! It’s been a wonderful week for me, I can barely contain myself. I’ve had visits from online friends, old university friends, old work friends, and all sorts of other people who bring excitement and colour to my life. It’s convenient timing that on Valentine’s week I’ve been reminded that my life is […]

book club:The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow, 1953)

  I still remember one day in a sixth form English literature lesson, at Northampton school for girls, being intellectually swatted on the nose by a tutor for daring to suggest that (I thought) American novelists lacked delicacy. At the time I felt burningly resentful of the whole thing (especially due to being a teacher’s favourite and something of […]

iconography:eleanor klein

My current read, Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March, is enjoyable for numerous reasons, but one of the main pleasure factors for me is probably his incredibly human female characters. It’s typical of great American Novel style projects that they will contain multiple voices, creating an almost choral effect, but I don’t think anyone pulls off […]

book clubbing: And You Shall Know Our Velocity! (2002)

After my last literary foray, a near month spent immersed in post-revolution France and epic revenge, I had to opt for something more pacey and contemporary. My brain works like that. Too much of the same thing and I stop being able to focus. But that’s the beauty of literature. There is always something different, […]