Bastard of the Week: Ernest Hemingway and A Moveable Feast

This probably strikes you as quite a bizarre choice for a Bastard of the Week post, to give you some clarity: I just finished A Moveable Feast. Just like the many close friends, literary rivals, and a number of readers of Ernest Hemingway, I have come to the conclusion that he is indeed worthy of … Continue reading Bastard of the Week: Ernest Hemingway and A Moveable Feast

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Bastard of the Week: Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing

If you think I sound bitter, that's because I am. Since first studying 'Much Ado About Nothing', probably my favourite Shakespeare 'comedy', I have always thought that Claudio was a bastard. Now, I know that everything has a 'happy ending'. It's a comedy so everyone gets married which, given the circumstances, is uncomfortably hilarious. Just … Continue reading Bastard of the Week: Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing

Bastard of the Week: Captain Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

I learnt the full and despicable truth of Captain Phoebus when my sister first read the novel. Phoebus is a handsome nobleman, and I’m afraid that that is where the comparison ends; he is vain in both his birth and his good looks and completely self-obsessed. Comparing canon-Phoebus with Disney-fandom-Phoebus, you can see why my sister complained to me about what a truly hideous character he was, and awarded him Bastard of the Week.