Charles by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Analysis and Review

For those of you that loved The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, here comes another tale, less fictional and more realistic this time. It’s about Shirley Jackson’s early trysts with raising children that were, more often than not, outside her comprehension and control. Loosely based on events from her own life while raising children in theContinue reading “Charles by Shirley Jackson: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro: Summary and Review

Where would your mind take you if someone said the words ‘the love of a good woman’ to you? If your mind quickly takes you to classic romantic movies of yore, a wife tirelessly sacrificing her life for her husband, you are the same as the rest of us. What’s more is that this titularContinue reading “The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro: Summary and Review”

Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

I wonder what your first thoughts were looking at the title of the story. Maybe a memory from childhood or a snapshot of some TV program where the protagonist ended up in a ditch, not able to control their bicycle? Well, just when you thought you had seen it all and laughed all you could atContinue reading “Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Happy Prince is a short story written by Oscar Wilde. It is the story of a compassionate statue and how it falls in love with a bird which is separated from its flock. Every now and then, I feel myself drawn to children’s books – mostly because I am drawn to children; things aboutContinue reading “The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Five Boons of Life By Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Five Boons of Life is a short story by Mark Twain published as part of his collection, The 30000 Bequest and Other Stories. It’s different from his other stories in that it does not have our humorous Mark Twain saying things that make us grin like idiots in awe of his wit, but somethingContinue reading “The Five Boons of Life By Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis

The Canterville Ghost is a short story written by Oscar Wilde. It was first published in 1887. Unknown to many, this was his first published prose fiction work. Contrary to what the title of the story may suggest, this is a humorous story at the core of which lies the differences in the American andContinue reading “The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis”

Sweet and Low by Nick White: Summary, Analysis and Review

Sweet and Low is a short story written by Nick White. The story revolves around the life of a young boy Forney, who, having recently lost his father, is coming to terms with a life with his mother – a mother he doesn’t especially feel close to. With the feeling of love comes the dread.Continue reading “Sweet and Low by Nick White: Summary, Analysis and Review”

A Helpless Situation by Mark Twain: Summary and Plot Analysis

Have you ever been in a situation when you were approached by a distant relative of a friend of a friend’s friend, whom you don’t know and have never heard of before, and they asked you for a favor? If so, A Helpless Situation by Mark Twain is sure to take you for a strollContinue reading “A Helpless Situation by Mark Twain: Summary and Plot Analysis”

The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley: Summary, Analysis and Review

The Loudest Voice is a short story by Grace Paley, published as part of her short story collection – Little Disturbances of Man, back in 1959. The story captures the world of a young Jewish girl living and learning about a life of balance between her roots and the world that she currently lives in.Continue reading “The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley: Summary, Analysis and Review”

A Californian’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review

A Californian’s Tale is a short story published as part of his short story collection.  Written towards the tail end of his career, this short story sometimes seems a reflection of sorrows from his own life at that time. A Californian’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary and Plot Analysis The story narrated by an unnamed travelerContinue reading “A Californian’s Tale by Mark Twain: Summary, Analysis and Review”