Reviews by AK


by George Sand

There is something about this writer which is reminiscent of Balzac and indeed Balzac did base his character Camille Maupin on George Sand. Certainly Mauprat is one of the best French novels of the early 19th century, and despite this being the only one of Sand's books available on this website, it certainly does speak volumes for the breadth of mind of the author who has accurately depicted the anguish and the confusion of the main character and the passionate, even mediaeval love that eventually succeeds in changing his nature.

Reviewed on 2015.02.10

The Education of Eric Lane

by Stephen McKenna

One of the lesser-known novelists who does not generally feature in lists of Edwardian writers, Stephen McKenna wrote with acuity and insight and this novel about a wilful young society woman in the years shortly before the First World War certainly is worth reading, if only to sympathise with the unsuspecting hero of the story who suffers from her unconsiderate behaviour. In passing it may be observed that Eric Lane seems to have been intended by the author to be a stock figure depicting heartbreak, because in the sequel to this novel, he encounters disappointment and disillusionment once again.

Reviewed on 2015.02.10

Mr Pim Passes By

by A.A. Milne

Absent-minded Mr.Pim brings upheaval into an English family when he happens to "pass by" one day. Happily, this chance incursion into their lives is the catalyst which brings certain romantic possibilities to a definite conclusion.

A.A. Milne excelled at play-writing and this is an example of the delicacy and perfection of his craft. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 2013.09.09

Island Nights' Entertainments

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Very, very interesting and unexpected. Most people know Stevenson only as the writer of 'Treasure Island' and 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', but as the page on this website shows, he was a prolific writer who had many other books to his credit. This collection is much lesser known than his full-length novels but it is no less interesting. Personally I found it even better than 'Kidnapped'.

The description is crisp and the dialogue colourful. Not to mention that the action is, as is usual in other Stevenson stories, completely riveting.

Reviewed on 2013.09.09

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