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”

The Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov

This story is by Mikhail Bulgakov who wrote The Master and Margarita, a considerably longer book than this one. Mikhail Bulgakov’s work was read and publicly criticised by Josef Stalin and yet Bulgakov was never arrested and sent to a concentration camp. If rumour is to be believed Stalin arranged for Bulgakov to get aContinue reading “The Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov”

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”

The Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov

This story is by Mikhail Bulgakov who wrote The Master and Margarita, a considerably longer book than this one. Mikhail Bulgakov’s work was read and publicly criticised by Josef Stalin and yet Bulgakov was never arrested and sent to a concentration camp. If rumour is to be believed Stalin arranged for Bulgakov to get aContinue reading “The Heart of a Dog – Mikhail Bulgakov”

Tolstoy – Selected Stories

Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings ended up living in Kazan with an aunt. Reckless behaviour at the university in Kazan meant Leo never finished his studies. HeContinue reading “Tolstoy – Selected Stories”

Tolstoy – Selected Stories

Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings ended up living in Kazan with an aunt. Reckless behaviour at the university in Kazan meant Leo never finished his studies. HeContinue reading “Tolstoy – Selected Stories”

The Silver Chair – Book Review

For some reason Goodreads has this book as #4 in the Chronicles of Narnia and it isn’t it’s #6, so I hope that can be corrected. #4 = Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian is in this book although he’s King Caspian X whose son Prince Rilian has disappeared. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole escape from bulliesContinue reading “The Silver Chair – Book Review”

The Silver Chair – Book Review

For some reason Goodreads has this book as #4 in the Chronicles of Narnia and it isn’t it’s #6, so I hope that can be corrected. #4 = Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian is in this book although he’s King Caspian X whose son Prince Rilian has disappeared. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole escape from bulliesContinue reading “The Silver Chair – Book Review”

Not on Any Map – Book Review

These places will NOT be found an any map or in any atlas. This book describes a large number of little-known tourist sights from around the world. A book for the discerning traveller who has been everywhere else. Read about the earwax museum called Monsieur Tussauds in London and the unhappy beaches of The Maldives.Continue reading “Not on Any Map – Book Review”

Bech: A Book – Book Review

This is a very entertaining book and extremely well written. John Updike must have been ever so pleased with himself after writing this book about such a smug, clever, and witty writer! Henry Bech isn’t a sympathetic character. I don’t like him. He can’t say anything without trying to be clever in that insufferable wayContinue reading “Bech: A Book – Book Review”