In one of my recent posts, I grappled with the question what makes a classic and I thought that this week's prompt of classic remarks hosted by the brilliant creators of PagesUnbound is a perfect extension to the discussion. The prompt is: What is a contemporary book you think might become a classic? Or should … Continue reading Books That May Become Future Classics
Willkommen zurück! It's already been 2 months since I uploaded my last crash course German, so I thought it was about time I uploaded a new lesson! In my last two posts, I talked a lot about German objects, so for this post I thought I'd concentrate on German verbs and tenses for a change. … Continue reading Crash Course German #4: Learning Tenses with Famous Children’s Books
I guess we all have a vague notion of what a classic is. When I hear the word, I think of an excellent piece of literature that has stood the test of time. I think of Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare, Woolf, or Brontë. But what precisely makes the works of these authors to classics? What actually … Continue reading What Makes a Classic?
Hello! ¡Hola! Salut! Ciao! Hallo! nǐ hǎo! While it's never been easier to learn a new language, fewer people bother to do so. It makes sense. If you speak English, you get along everywhere. It's the language of business, of finance, of the internet, of music, of international politics. Wherever you travel in the world, … Continue reading Why You Should Learn A New Language
Have you ever wondered what Shakespeare's characters would do if they lived in our times? Well, according to recent movie adaptations, Romeo and Juliet date amidst a gang war, Katherine is a feminist high-school student, Viola shows off her talent on the football field, Othello tries out for the basketball team, Beatrice and Benedick quarrel … Continue reading Back to the Roots: Shakespeare in Pop Culture
I guess Lord of the Flies is one of those books that people either love or hate. It's hit-or-miss. At least that's the impression you get when you read the reviews. Some praise the book's profound exploration of human nature whereas others dismiss it as totally unrealistic and exaggerated. As for me, I've to admit … Continue reading Everything Wrong With Lord of the Flies?
What image comes to mind when you hear the word 'migrants'? People jammed together on small boats or crawling underneath barbed wire fences? It's no surprise that this is what immediately pops into most people's head. Mainstream media is full of such images. And it is precisely this picture that Mohsin Hamid tries to revise … Continue reading “We Are All Migrants Through Time”: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West
Willkommen zurück! In my last post, I explained three of the four German cases: the nominative, accusative and dative. So today I thought it only makes sense to present the fourth case, which is the genitive case, and finish off the topic with a little summary.
Writing a sequel to a book that's been loved by so many readers for more than three decades is definitely a risk to take, but Margaret Atwood took the chance nevertheless. With The Testaments she published the highly-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale just last year. As someone who's loved the first book, my expectations … Continue reading Completing the Puzzle: Atwood’s The Testaments
Happy Blogaversary! I can't believe it's already been a year since I started this little blog. To celebrate this special day, I though I'd share some of my favourite posts again. Let me know which one you liked the most! Books Between Fact and Fiction: Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”: Margaret Atwood is a fascinating … Continue reading Celebrating One Year of Blogging