Pierre Abélard and Héloïse, The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse: Abelard seems to have a talent for pissing people off.

Both Abelard and Heloise are good at expressing themselves (and the translation I am reading seems to be a good one — it has many interesting explanatory footnotes). I know I should not be so surprised, but I am finding Abelard to be nothing more than a total self-centered jerk and I find myself getting […]

Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe: This woman was crazy. Hands down, batshit, insane.

So, let’s start with the good things first. This was the first autobiography practically and it is by a woman. A woman who got to do things not a lot of other medieval women got to do. That’s where the good ends however. Unfortunately, the story of Margery Kempe, while it could be extremely interesting, […]

Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: If he had been forced to kill Rachel, then, that could have been something

Not a fan. This was poorly written with very confusing analogies and pointless literary phrasing eg. “He sat and cogitated.” Someone was playing with his thesaurus instead of trying to write something well. The idea has a lot of food for thought: what defines the human experience. Could androids mimic empathy (which it’s worth considering, […]

Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: It was very similar to carrying on a convoluted one-way conversation

This is the rambling story of Miss Brodie, who is a teacher of girls in the 1930’s. The whole of the book is spent bopping from 1 subject to the next and from 1 time frame to the next. It was very similar to carrying on a convoluted one-way conversation. You know the ones, where […]

As You Like It, by William Shakespeare: The characters often speak in lengthy prose passages

Surprisingly, the sex jokes are the downfall of this work. There are so many, but since they’re from the sixteenth century, you initially don’t understand them. And when you do, it’s just not funny anymore. Also, the characters often speak in lengthy prose passages that can be challenging. Source: Goodreads, Rebecca.