Pam Ayres – The Works [REVIEW]

Title: The Works

Author: Pam Ayres

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 256

Rating: 4/5

This is a cracking little collection of Pam Ayres’ poetry, and it comes with the added little bonus that she introduces a bunch of the poems with a little mini essay that tells you how they came about. In a weird way, it reminded me of Isaac Asimov, because he used to do something similar.

Ayres’ poetry isn’t the normal kind of poetry that I like, because I’m not really one for rhyming verse. With that said, there’s a lot of humour to what she does and so it’s pretty hard to read her work without cracking an occasional smile.

I don’t think this is the kind of poetry that’s going to make you think new things or help you to broaden your mind, but that’s not what it aims to be. It’s more a form of escapism, despite the fact that it focuses on a bunch of more mundane subject matters. That kind of makes it like a snapshot in time, because a lot of the stuff that Ayres wrote about already feels dated and like an echo from a former life.

I like the way that Ayres is able to be so autobiographical in her work without it feeling gratuitous or like she’s only writing to exercise her demons. Instead, she’s busy just reflecting the life that she’s lived and the things that she’s seen. I particularly liked a piece about suffering battery hens.

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George Bernard Shaw – Pygmalion [REVIEW]

Title: Pygmalion

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 154

Rating: 4.5/5

This is the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and what happens when elocution specialist Henry Higgins decides to try to make her pass as a member of high society as a bet. It later got turned into the musical My Fair Lady, which I’ve never seen.

My edition was pretty cool because it was augmented with a whole bunch of stuff, including some of the original introductions, prefaces and postscripts that Shaw wrote to try to make sure that his story was represented in the way he wanted it to be.

I kind of think that the way the story is portrayed does a disservice to Doolittle. It’s less about Higgins winning his bet and more about the way that people treat her as an insignificant object as opposed to as a person

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