August 17th, 2014

6 Underground

Just reminds me of driving fast on the St Just road 10 years ago.  I was part of a choir in a play and it symbolised a brilliant time - laughing, drinking wine and eating Locketts and Cornish pasties.

The Time Machine - The Shortest Story

Even though Wells' book can be seen in the utopian/dystopian model, I would say that today it fitted in with a 'Dying Earth' sub genre, with a lot of Steampunk thrown in.  It is a very short story, 87 pages in total -  not that it didn't have enough packed into it. To me, it is a caricature of Wells' observations on the Mid Victorian/Late Industrial Revolution, seen by the divided human race comprised of weak, childlike Uplanders (the Eloi) and the sinister subterranean dwellers (the Morlocks).  An interesting book - I feel that it will fall into the band of 'Marxist' critique.

I have just read it as a regular reader, without an essay in mind - It will definitely be one that I will return to and REALLY devour if I have to compare/contrast in one of the modules (possibly Dicken's Hard Times).  Before I turn the page of any other Dickens tomes (another is due through my front door tomorrow), I am going to attempt reading Bram Stokers' Dracula.

I am still reading Monica Ali's Brick Lane and am about halfway through.  I am trying to read at least 2 chapters a day and have come to a point where the central character is attending a religious meeting with a man whom she is clearly falling in love with.  No spoilers here - an interesting book, but unless you have time on your hands, it is a labour of love.

Montalbano's Croquettes

Just caught up with the latest 'Inspector Montalbano' - bit shabby of him to leave Livia on her own in Paris. Mimi shopped him hahaha. I have had Scicilian croquettes (as seen in the last few scenes) before - cone-shaped rice on the outside, mince in the middle and very yummy. Still, not enough to leave a loved one high and dry. Maybe he would be better with the ballsy Ingrid - the cute rally driver. At least she isn't so whiny. Anyone would think this was real life...