The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann subtitled the novella An Indian Legend as the story is based on an old folk tale from India. Two friends Nanda and Shridaman see the lovely Sita bathing in a local pool and each of them falls in love with her. She marries Shridaman and has a child with him, but she alsoContinue reading “The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann”

Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

This book was written in 1898 and comprises 245 fantastic fables from Ambrose Bierce. These tales lampoon greedy politicians, judges, holy men, poets and many others. I would suggest the meaning in some of the stories is connected to the era in which the book was written and so might not mean too much inContinue reading “Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce”

Pincher Martin by William Golding

William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, is probably his best known work. Pincher Martin is on a navy vessel escorting a North Atlantic convoy during WWII. His ship is torpedoed and sinks, but Martin is the sole survivor and ends up on a rockContinue reading “Pincher Martin by William Golding”

The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann subtitled the novella An Indian Legend as the story is based on an old folk tale from India. Two friends Nanda and Shridaman see the lovely Sita bathing in a local pool and each of them falls in love with her. She marries Shridaman and has a child with him, but she alsoContinue reading “The Transposed Heads by Thomas Mann”

Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

This book was written in 1898 and comprises 245 fantastic fables from Ambrose Bierce. These tales lampoon greedy politicians, judges, holy men, poets and many others. I would suggest the meaning in some of the stories is connected to the era in which the book was written and so might not mean too much inContinue reading “Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce”

Tolstoy – Selected Stories

Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings ended up living in Kazan with an aunt. Reckless behaviour at the university in Kazan meant Leo never finished his studies. HeContinue reading “Tolstoy – Selected Stories”

Tolstoy – Selected Stories

Leo Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family in 1828. His real name was Count Lyov Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Both his parents and two guardians died before he was 12. Leo and his siblings ended up living in Kazan with an aunt. Reckless behaviour at the university in Kazan meant Leo never finished his studies. HeContinue reading “Tolstoy – Selected Stories”

Freddie the Buddhist Cat

Do you need something to smile about in these dark days? Meet Freddie. Freddie treats everything with respect. People, animals, birds, plants, even his breakfast. Freddie finds Buddhism. Saved from the shelter by John and Mary a new life begins. Then he meets Gemma. She regards humans as oppressors as they took her kittens. GemmaContinue reading “Freddie the Buddhist Cat”

Your Inner Hedgehog – Book Review

Another wonderful story concerning Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld by Alexander McCall Smith. I’m not reading these books in the correct order, but it doesn’t matter too much as they stand on their own more or less. Talking of standing, Professor Unterholzer’s sausage dog is mentioned in this book and is the reason UnterholzerContinue reading “Your Inner Hedgehog – Book Review”

Freddie the Buddhist Cat

Do you need something to smile about in these dark days? Meet Freddie. Freddie treats everything with respect. People, animals, birds, plants, even his breakfast. Freddie finds Buddhism. Saved from the shelter by John and Mary a new life begins. Then he meets Gemma. She regards humans as oppressors as they took her kittens. GemmaContinue reading “Freddie the Buddhist Cat”