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Writing about my experiences with a variety of books

Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 3)

Tam O' Shanter, Robert Burns
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When last we saw Tam in Part 2, he had travelled through a stormy night on his horse, Meg, and ended up at Kirk-Alloway where witches and warlocks danced wildly. Knives lay on the table with blood encrusted, and coffins stood open showing the dead.  Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 3)

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Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 2)

Tam O' Shanter, Robert Burns
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When we last saw Tam O’ Shanter in Part 1, he was getting drunk with his friends, as shown in the picture above.  Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter (Part 2)

Robert Burns: Tam O’Shanter (Part 1)

Tam O' Shanter, Robert Burns,
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Robert Burns’ Tam O’ Shanter is one of my favourite poems. The use of the Scottish dialect is beautiful, and the story that is told in the poem is delightfully dark; full of demons, bad behaviour and Scottish humour. The language in the poem can be off-putting to those who don’t have a dictionary of the Scottish dialect to hand. But fear not, I’m here to guide you through the main parts of the poem, and to give you a re-telling that (I hope) will not cause the poet to turn in his grave. Continue reading Robert Burns: Tam O’Shanter (Part 1)

Brothers Grimm: Cat and Mouse in Partnership

Cat and Mouse Partnership, Brothers Grimm, Charlie Castor

Whilst browsing through a book of Grimm fairy tales (as you do) I was struck by the title of one story, Cat and Mouse in Partnership. As we all know, cats and mice rarely, if ever, team up. I have neither seen a cat and mouse crime-fighting duo nor have I seen a cat and a mouse present a cookery program on TV. A gap in the market? Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm clearly thought so. I will tell you the story of ‘Cat and Mouse in Partnership’. It’s a re-telling of the story that includes quotes from the original, so if you want to read the original story, see the Works Cited section at the end of this post. Continue reading Brothers Grimm: Cat and Mouse in Partnership