Circe, The Song of Achilles & The Real Lolita

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

One of these does not belong....

I have not published a book review in a long time, but this is not because I haven't been reading! I have just read quite a few books that didn't warrant a review from me.

I found reading The Real Lolita, by Sarah Weinman very compelling. The stories of both Sally Horner and of the Nabokovs interesting to learn about. I believe that the comparisons between the stories may still be tenuous at best, but I enjoyed the book, and the history of all of the characters. Lolita, though a classic, I still needed to read on the Kindle as to disguise my book while on the trains.

Circe, by Madeline Miller, was a delicious book. While recently traveling, I had only this book with me. I needed to savour each page so that I would not finish the book before my trip was over. Savour, indeed I did.

This take on the myth of Greek goddess, Circe was interesting to read, but it was more the seductive phrasing that the action of the book that kept me interesting. This is one of those books that you can love, but not really remember what it was all about.

I enjoyed the book so much that I picked up Miller's Orange Prize-winning debut "The Song of Achilles" and devoured it as well. I must say that I did not enjoy it as much as I did Circe, but I believe that this is because I enjoyed the characters and story subject of Circe just a little bit more than I enjoyed Achilles.

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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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