The Black Book of Carmarthen – Review

This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto a manuscript did for the world of literature. It’s believed this monk resided at the Augustinian Priory of St JohnsContinue reading “The Black Book of Carmarthen – Review”

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review

This story won the Pulitzer Prize for Thornton Wilder in 1928. This is a fictional story that explores the lives of five strangers who die in the collapse of a rope bridge on the road from Lima to Cuzco in Peru. Friar Juniper attempts to find answers for why they died and what purpose itContinue reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review”

The Holy Grail by Giles Morgan

This is a high-level guide to The Holy Grail charting the origins of the quest from the early Christian gospels through to modern day stories and films. The book introduces all the characters you would expect: King Arthur, Galahad, Percival, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Malory, TS Eliot, Dan Brown, and Indiana Jones. It’s an interesting readContinue reading “The Holy Grail by Giles Morgan”

A Sentimental Journey – Book Review

This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Amiens, Rennes, and Versailles to Paris. Yorick doesn’t describe his impressions of the places he visits, the monuments, the architecture orContinue reading “A Sentimental Journey – Book Review”

The Black Book of Carmarthen – Review

This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto a manuscript did for the world of literature. It’s believed this monk resided at the Augustinian Priory of St JohnsContinue reading “The Black Book of Carmarthen – Review”

Jingo by Terry Pratchett

I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the island of Leshp causes an international incident between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch. Both countries claim this rock that rises out of theContinue reading “Jingo by Terry Pratchett”

Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

This book was written in 1898 and comprises 245 fantastic fables from Ambrose Bierce. These tales lampoon greedy politicians, judges, holy men, poets and many others. I would suggest the meaning in some of the stories is connected to the era in which the book was written and so might not mean too much inContinue reading “Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce”

Jingo by Terry Pratchett

I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the island of Leshp causes an international incident between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch. Both countries claim this rock that rises out of theContinue reading “Jingo by Terry Pratchett”

A Sentimental Journey – Book Review

This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Amiens, Rennes, and Versailles to Paris. Yorick doesn’t describe his impressions of the places he visits, the monuments, the architecture orContinue reading “A Sentimental Journey – Book Review”

Your Inner Hedgehog – Book Review

Another wonderful story concerning Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld by Alexander McCall Smith. I’m not reading these books in the correct order, but it doesn’t matter too much as they stand on their own more or less. Talking of standing, Professor Unterholzer’s sausage dog is mentioned in this book and is the reason UnterholzerContinue reading “Your Inner Hedgehog – Book Review”