Archives by Tag '1890′s'

Review: ‘Country of the Pointed Firs’ by Sarah Orne Jewett

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, February 27, 2012

Back in January I wrote a bit about Sarah Orne Jewett, author of .  She was such an interesting woman that I almost feel a bit guilty for not liking this book more than I did; Jewett’s critics complained that her stories lacked plot, something of which she herself was well aware, and (while I [...]

Review: ‘Liza of Lambeth’ by W. Somerset Maugham

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If you were, hypothetically, to have your train delayed by over four hours one evening, taking your total journey home time from a little over two hours (which now seems almost reasonable by comparison) to six and a half hours, you’d definitely need a book or two with you to keep you sane.  Ideally, you [...]

Review: ‘Elizabeth and her German Garden’ by Elizabeth von Arnim

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I very rarely plan what I’m going to read ahead of time, preferring to pick books from my shelves as the mood takes me, so it’s even more surprising when literary serendipity strikes.  I really enjoy suddenly discovering that the book I’m reading is set in a place that I’ve just visited, references a book [...]

Review: ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You might remember that back in April my random number generator selected by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for my TBR Lucky Dip book that month.  I know April seems a long time ago now, but this book has finally worked its way to the top of my review queue. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes comprises [...]

Review: ‘The Sign of Four’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, November 1, 2010

Title: Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Published: Headline Review, 2006, pp. 146.  Original publication 1890. Genre: Classic mystery fiction Blurb: As the seamy streets of London drown in a sea of smog, Sherlock Holmes sinks into a drug-induced stupour.  That is, until Miss Mary Morstan presents him with a most intriguing case.  A terrible death, [...]