A Review in Pictures

Hi guys! I'm thinking of adding a new category to my blog: Dide Reads. It will  be 'a review in pictures.' So I will create comic strips about me reading a particular book. Think hearts and stars for The Last Unicorn, magical spells and potions for Harry Potter, and many, many tears for The Book Thief. One of …

Renata Adler’s Speedboat

Renata Adler’s Speedboat is a difficult book made out of many different fragments. Don't get me wrong, it's a GREAT book, but it also asks a lot from the reader. Sometimes you've to connect snippets and at other times you've to let go and enjoy the small slices that are given, making this a truly unique read. Renata Adler was …

Translation: Friend or Foe?

I've been a translator for over a year now. I finished courses on both translation and translation studies, wrote many translation analyses during my studies and still, after all that, cannot decide whether I actually endorse translations. You're probably thinking, what the ...? Why wouldn't you like translations? Isn't the fact that we can share our …

Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

In A Natural History of Dragons Lady Trent tells the story of how she became a dragon naturalist. She explains why she has given herself the mission to study dragons (even though she's a woman and it wasn't thought proper to do so) and how her scientific curiosity led her to stand face-to-face with - of course - …

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a quirky story and a fun read. It muses on the interplay of good and evil and split personalities. This book, set in a mysterious, 19th-century London with foggy streets and dark houses, tells a disturbing story - disturbing in a good way.  If you are among the …

Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day tells the story of how Miss Pettigrew’s life changes completely after meeting a glamorous nightclub singer who helps Miss Pettigrew transform into a beautiful princess (or at least into a nice-looking woman with a job). It’s a funny and refreshing retelling of Cinderella. What are things you wouldn’t expect …