Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf: on madness, regrets, and the elusive quality of time

There are several forces at work in Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, forces opposing one another or complementing each other, which makes of Virginia Woolf's most popular novel a shining object of endless fascination, throwing its multiple and multicoloured sparkles in all directions, so that it is impossible to fully grasp the extent of Mrs Dalloway's depth … Continue reading Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf: on madness, regrets, and the elusive quality of time

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen: feeling, screaming and screening, in a stifling society

Spoiler alert: I'll assume that I'm among the last people on Earth to read Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and that everyone is aware of the plot (if only thanks to the movie!). This review contains mild spoilers (but if you know Jane Austen, you know that most of the time, 'all is well that ends well'). … Continue reading Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen: feeling, screaming and screening, in a stifling society

In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri: on building bridges and living in permanent exile

Twenty years ago, American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, well-known for her fantastic debut novel The Namesake and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies, fell in love with Italian. It happened suddenly, but her obsession never relented. She went to Italy, took classes of Italian with different teachers, dutifully did … Continue reading In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri: on building bridges and living in permanent exile

Girl Meets Boy, by Ali Smith: about imagination and gender fluidity

Ali Smith wrote Girl Meets Boy more than ten years ago, in 2007, and it was my first introduction to her writing, again thanks to Canongate Books. A rewriting of one of Ovid's most joyful metamorphosis, Girl Meets Boy adds to this mythological story a modern perspective which gives yet another depth to the myth of Iphis … Continue reading Girl Meets Boy, by Ali Smith: about imagination and gender fluidity