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20 Classics #8: <i>Gulliver’s Travels</i> by Jonathan Swift

20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

October 19, 2011 5

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. I aimed to read them all in 2011, but that’s beginning to look unlikely. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I had vague ideas about Gulliver’s Travels. I remembered Ted Danson being tied up by some little people in a film version I […]

20 classics in 2011 #6: <i>Brave New World</i> by Aldous Huxley

20 classics in 2011 #6: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

April 28, 2011 15

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I love Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and dystopian fiction in general. Plus, the sections of my work-in-progress that people have read have been compared to Brave New World. I thought it was about time I read it […]

20 classics in 2011 #5: <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i> by Oscar Wilde

20 classics in 2011 #5: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

April 15, 2011 4

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I’d always heard Oscar Wilde was a wit, and the supernatural element of the story appealed to me. When was it published? It was first published in 1890, as an issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. A later […]

20 classics in 2011 #4: <i>Heroes and Villains</i> by Angela Carter

20 classics in 2011 #4: Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter

March 28, 2011 6

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I only heard of Angela Carter, strangely, when I started my doctorate and attended a seminar about one of the stories in The Bloody Chamber. It included a hand-out with an extract of the story. Feminist, […]

20 classics in 2011 #3: <i>Treasure Island</i> by Robert Louis Stevenson

20 classics in 2011 #3: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

March 3, 2011 3

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? Yarrrr, I was in the mood for some adventure! And so much legend exists because of this one book: one-legged pirates, parrots, treasure maps marked with an X and more. When was it published? It was originally […]

20 classics in 2011 #2: <i>The Portrait of a Lady</i> by Henry James

20 classics in 2011 #2: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

February 8, 2011 8

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. ‘A great many people give me the impression of never having for a moment felt anything’ – Isabel Archer, The Portrait of a Lady. Why did I want to read it? Well, first of all, Henry James is one of the ‘great’ novelists […]

20 classics in 2011 #1: <i>The Berlin Stories</i> by Christopher Isherwood

20 classics in 2011 #1: The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

January 27, 2011 7

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? After seeing the elegant and moving film A Single Man (and falling for Colin Firth all over again) I learnt it was based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood – a rather famous gay writer who for […]

20 classics in 2011: blog project

20 classics in 2011: blog project

January 18, 2011 46

I am going to read 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. All book-lovers have gaps in their reading – how could you possibly read everything? In recent years I’ve been fairly up-to-speed with newer books and Australian literature, but I’ll often find myself in conversation, saying ‘oh, I haven’t read such-and-such yet’. People often assume I […]

<i>Collected Stories</i> – Richard Yates

Collected Stories – Richard Yates

January 18, 2010 7

Vintage 9780099518549 (Aus, US) When a man is fired from his job in the story ‘A Glutton for Punishment’, he realises he has enjoyed the failures in his life. The character in this – like many of the other characters in Richard Yates’ Collected Stories – runs over a conversation in his head, with his […]

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Mark Mordue’s <i>Dastgah</i>

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Mark Mordue’s Dastgah

July 21, 2009 8

  Dastgah, Mark Mordue Allen & Unwin (2001, Australia). Also published overseas. Review by Sam Cooney. Dastgah is an account of Australian writer, journalist and editor Mark Mordue’s first trip overseas: a one-year journey through the regions of India, Nepal, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Iran, and the cities of Paris and New York. The […]