The Butterfly Effect; ‘Appointment in Samarra’ by John O’Hara [1934]

I came at Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara from an odd angle, wanting to decipher the meaning of the song of the same name by Paul Thomas Saunders. Music is not my normal route to literature, if anything it would work the other way round; I am far from a music buff. I am still unsure if I understand the song, it seems to be about the book, loosely, beautifully. In December 1930, just ………

Inevitable Chaos; ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth

You know that moment in animations or films when the clouds part, beams of sunlight illuminate, and a choir belt out that heavenly ‘Ahhhhhh’? I have always been sceptical of that moment, I have never trusted it, until now. I have written many a word on how I dislike the second instalment of trilogies, however, I take that proclamation back for I have finally found second instalment that has (finally) not disappointed. One choice can ………

So Far We Are Equal: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter Oh, but Dumbledore, it can be happier to dwell. There is something to be said for fantasy, not the Mirror of Erised sort (which always felt more like regret than desire) rather, the blank canvas for self-improvement sort of fantasy. I think this is why I enjoy reading so much, the beautiful escapism that is a good book. Yet, in ………

Book Doctor; ‘The Bonesetter’s Daughter’ by Amy Tan

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”Michael Crichton Discovering where we come from, our personal and cultural history, is a fascinating endeavour. I believe that the need to explain, and perhaps validate, our existence is a universally pleasurable experience, and while not all discoveries are pleasant, everything is illuminating. It is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this bank holiday weekend, ………