Author Archives: scimumsam

About scimumsam

An ex scientist living in Australia, currently tutoring maths and science and homeschooling my own children. I blog about science and maths education on, and homeschooling (infrequently) on lookingslantwise.

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

I enjoyed Tom Jones. It deserves descriptions like “rollicking” and “comic masterpiece”. Tom Jones may not suit everyone but I recommend the book (or audio book, or one of the dramatised versions) to people who are interested in the history of English literature, and also to anyone who enjoys comedy, adventure, a bit of smut and will not be put off by eighteenth century settings or language. Continue reading

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Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh

Scoop is also on the Telegraph list of 100 novels everyone should read. After the heaviness of several nineteenth century novels in a row, this was pleasantly lightweight both in word count and style. The novel is about a countryside … Continue reading

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Madame Bovary review

[I read the Penguin Classics 1992 edition of Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, translated into English by Geoffrey Wall.] This is the first novel on the Telegraph list  that I feel nervous about reviewing, and I have delayed publishing this … Continue reading

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