Mary Barton Book Review + Junk journal pages and new felts

I hadn’t read anything by Elizabeth Gaskell before, and picked Mary Barton to accompany my investigations of the Industrial Revolution because both Nineteenth Century innovation and this book took place among the textile and steel mills of Manchester in the North of England. Continue reading Mary Barton Book Review + Junk journal pages and new felts

Chronicle in Stone

Chronicle in Stone, is not a book I would have chosen to read on its own merits. Its primary recommendation was in being written by Albania’s most popular (and therefore most translated) contemporary novelist, Ismail Kadare. Actually, he’s the only translated Albanian novelist of any kind that I’ve managed to find as yet. Which is actually an improvement on the status of Georgian writers. He’s … Continue reading Chronicle in Stone