‘O youth! youth! you go your way heedless, uncaring – as if you owned all the treasures of the world.’ Fathers and Sons by Turgenev

Fathers and Sons, as the title suggests, is a book about generation conflict set in early 1860s, an important transitional period in Russian history. Arkady and Bazarov return to their families after completing their education in St Petersburg. Their parents are of different backgrounds: Arkady’s father, Nikolai Petrovich, is a wealthy and educated landowner whereas … Continue reading ‘O youth! youth! you go your way heedless, uncaring – as if you owned all the treasures of the world.’ Fathers and Sons by Turgenev

“Knowledge is knowing Frankenstein wasn’t the monster. Wisdom is knowing that he was.”

Mary Shelley The story of the scientist who ‘plays God’ and creates a monster is so popular that it requires no introduction. Who requires introduction is Mary Shelley, the author of this horrible, scary Gothic novel. She was the daughter of the anarchist political author William Godwin and the feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother … Continue reading “Knowledge is knowing Frankenstein wasn’t the monster. Wisdom is knowing that he was.”

When Satan Visited Moscow

The Master and Margarita is a complex, multi-layered satire of the Stalin era. Mikhail Bulgakov started writing the novel in late 1928, not long after the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, the Russian Revolution and Lenin’s reforms. The writer who had witnessed all these continued to work on this masterpiece until his death in 1940. … Continue reading When Satan Visited Moscow

On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South could easily be described as Pride and Prejudice with an industrialisation backdrop. Indeed, the plot lines of the novels draw many parallels; including a financially insecure, strong-willed, strong-headed, clever and beautiful heroine who is inexplicably prejudiced against the proud, rich and indignant hero. But there is so much more to North and … Continue reading On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell