Archive for June, 2009


The Amateur Cracksman

June 12, 2009
It occurs to me that I have never written about Raffles. Lots of people have heard of Raffles, I think, but not many people have read any of the stories. Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t either, except for an attempt to listen to the audiobook of The Amateur Cracksman (no matter how hard I try, I will never have enough patience for audiobooks).

Anyway, Raffles. He’s an excellent cricket player! He has dark, curly hair! He leads his old friend Bunny into a life of crime! Read the rest of this entry ?


The History of Mr. Polly

June 10, 2009
So, I finished my first book for the Gaurdian challenge.
The History of Mr. Polly was a pretty quick read, and maybe I went through it a little too fast. While I was reading it I really enjoyed it, but looking back I find it kind of dissatisfying.

Alfred Polly is educated poorly and apprenticed at a men’s clothing store. He moves to progressively worse jobs, but manages to retain an interest in his surroundings. He unwisely — and sort of unintentionally — marries a cousin and opens up a shop in a town called Fishbourne.

He gradually alienates the other local shopkeepers through is lack of social skills and habit of making up unflattering nicknames. His relationship with his wife, Miriam, deteriorates, and the shop becomes less and less profitable.In his late thirties, miserable and on the verge of bankruptcy, Mr. Polly decides to kill himself. H.G. Wells makes a point of telling us that this is as much a result of his chronic indigestion as his actual circumstances. Read the rest of this entry ?


Guardian Challenge

June 8, 2009

So, I’m starting this late, but Jennie at Biblio File is hosting a challenge based on The Guardian’s list of 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read Before They Die.(Yeah, like anyone actually will)

The challenge is to read and review 10 books off the list (that’s 1%) between February 1st of 2009 and February 1st of 2010.

Of these 10, you must read 1 from each category and, if possible, 1 should be a book you have never heard of until you saw it on this list.

These are the books I’ve picked:

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