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An Extended Musing + ‘Burmese Days’ by George Orwell (read 5/5/14 – 11/5/14)

I have recently returned home from a two week holiday in Mallorca. Staying close to the beautiful Port de Pollenca, the fortnight passed in a blissfully idle blur of the impregnable heat which hit me no sooner had I stepped off the plane, copious amounts of seafood so perfectly fresh as to still retain a taste of the resort’s sparkling salty sea, and, of course, whole days devoted to nothing but reading. For indeed, the beauty of a lack of internet connection (not to mention the fear of racking up extortionate phone bills when abroad), while admittedly something rather discombobulating to a 21st century teenager, is that it enables one to truly be free from distractions for a certain period, not only those caused by one’s social life but also those more stressful ones of work, university research/applications etc. for which a computer or tablet have become almost always mandatory. Continue reading

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‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley (read 10/4/14 – 12/4/14)

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“Oh, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t!” Thus proclaims the character Miranda in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest upon seeing fellow human beings for the first time in a life that has seen her exiled since infancy on a remote island with only her father for company, the dramatic irony which Shakespeare so artfully employs here being that the men whom Miranda’s lack of human interaction incite her to wonder at and deem as “goodly creatures” are in reality treacherous, corrupt and, unbeknownst to her, the very ones responsible for the banishment of her father and thus the life of isolation which she has so far known. It is this speech and all its thrilling irony which is the inspiration behind both the title and the premise of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World; published in 1932, this book is now commonly thought of as one of the classic dystopian novels, a status which I would say it has acquired, having now read it, absolutely deservedly. Continue reading

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All I Want For Christmas, Is Books!

First and foremost, I feel that a quick apology is in order before I properly start this post, as it may seem to some of you that I have been neglecting my blogging over recent weeks. This has, however, not been at all intentional, as I absolutely love writing my blog and would never give up the feeling of creative freedom which it gives me; yet unfortunately, in the words of a wise woman i.e. me (I jest), life has to take over sometimes, and this has certainly been the case with me during the past school term. What with numerous essays, wider subject reading, extra-curricular activities and last-minute rehearsals for a drama production, not to mention a million and one other things going on in my life at the moment, I seriously fear that I am in danger of making like Alice and losing my grip on reality by falling over the edge of the abyss into a Wonderland-esque world of madness and insanity, for my mind currently feels as tangled and confused as a series of black scribbles over a pure white page. Ok, I am exaggerating, but in all seriousness I can only stress how busy I have been recently and promise that the start of the Christmas holidays on Friday (my light at the end of the tunnel!) will bring my attention firmly back to my blog and hopefully give me time to write more reviews to share with all of you. In the meantime however, I thought it would be particularly fitting considering the unavoidable festive cheer surrounding us to divulge those literary titles I hope to find in my stocking come Christmas morning this year, a post which I hope will still be enjoyable (and maybe even inspire your own Christmas lists) despite its informality. Continue reading

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George Orwell’s ‘1984’ at the Oxford Playhouse

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As it has now been about two and a half weeks since I went to see Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse’s new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four at the Oxford Playhouse, I realise that this post may be slightly belated, yet nevertheless this play was so originally staged, so dramatically terrifying, and so unlike anything else I have ever seen before that I simply could not let it go unmentioned on my blog. Continue reading

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