Category Archives: Big Read

Book review: Ulysses by James Joyce

I read Ulysses because it was in the Big Read Top 100 (BRT100), and is also on my list of 100 books you should read. I first tried reading Ulysses about a year ago: I got seriously bogged down in … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth

Long and rambling, at times it draws you in, at times I felt I was struggling through a tar pit of irrelevant or tedious detail. It’s one of the longest novels ever published, and boy did it feel like it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bleak House, by Charles Dickens

Bleak House is a satire set around the 1830’s in and around London. It’s about a group of characters, who are tied together together, in some cases very loosely, by the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a long-running court battle … Continue reading

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The Gormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn Peake

I first had a go at reading the Gormenghast trilogy about 24 years ago, at the age of 19, when I was reading a lot of science and fantasy fiction. I gave up less than 100 pages in: my memory … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

I finally finished reading Midnight’s Children. It had been on my reading list for a while, as it’s on the Big Read Top 100 (just, it’s at #100), plus it’s on my list of 100 books you should read. I’d … Continue reading

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Big Read Top 21 – Filling in the Gaps

Of the Top 21 books in the BBC’s Big Read I had only read 11 at the time. I read a lot, but to that date hadn’t read many classics; so I decided to read the other 10. Here’s what … Continue reading

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