8 Classic Novels about Family Dynamics | Recommendations

Happy Mother's Day!! In honor of this special day, I thought I would share some classic novels about family dynamics... albeit, not always the most positive ones! I think reading about fictional families is so interesting, and a close look at family dynamics always adds more depth to a novel. Books like these are a … Continue reading 8 Classic Novels about Family Dynamics | Recommendations

5 Classics for February

In this series, I recommend five classics each month that remind me of that particular time of the year. For the month of February, I thought I would highlight some of my favorite classic romance novels, most of them from the Victorian Era. What's better than a little Jane Austin at this time of year? … Continue reading 5 Classics for February

A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and Nervous Conditions

A few months ago I discussed Tsitsi Dangarembga's 1988 novel Nervous Conditions in the context of feminist writing and postcolonial literature. Today, I'll like to talk about this remarkable novel in a slightly different context: coupled with George Eliot's classic 1871 novel Middlemarch. Published over a century apart and set against very different backdrops, these two novels are nevertheless tied … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and Nervous Conditions

A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and White Teeth

What's this?? Another Classic Couple feature after months of nothing? That's right! A Classic Couple is back with a whole new round of classic-contemporary pairings. Today I'll be comparing two lengthy but worthwhile novels: Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871-2) and White Teeth by Zadie Smith (1999). Although there are countless differences between these novels, there are numerous surprising similarities that are … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and White Teeth

MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot | Review

George Eliot’s classic novel Middlemarch has been on my bibliophilic radar for years, though I never found time to read it until it appeared on one of my required reading lists for Oxford. I once had a professor who described Middlemarch as being a “smarter Pride and Prejudice.” This comment immediately intrigued me. What did … Continue reading MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot | Review