Lamb to the Slaughter

Lamb to the SlaughterThe story, ‘Lamb To the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl shows how inventive, smart and desirable a person can be. The story may be short, but it has a lot of meaning in terms of irony.

The story is about a lonely housewife, who is fed up about her husband’s addiction to drinking. As days go by, her husband’s neglecting attitude drives Mary Maleney to take the extreme step by murdering her husband in cold-blood with the help of a frozen leg of a lamb. Without panicking, she acts as if nothing has happened, exits her house for shopping, returns to find her husband lying in a pool of blood. Alarmed, she calls the police to investigate the murder with a face of grievance and innocence. During the investigation, Mary offered some food for the hardworking police men. Mary watched the policemen enjoying the food, as the food was the lamb she used for murdering her husband.

One can understand that Mary, with her act of feeding the lamb to the policemen, cleared all the evidence linked to the murder. Hence, the title itself is ironic as it indicates that a slaughtered lamb was used to end another person’s life.

I would personally recommend this book to anyone who really enjoy reading suspense and irony.

Raghav Rao



Friends Forever

Friends ForeverDanielle Steel is a bestselling American novelist. Her writings have been translated into 28 languages, with 22 of her works are adapted for television, including two of which have received Golden Globe Nominations. Her books usually deal with serious life issues, like illness, death and relationships.

Friends Forever is a story about five friends- Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy and Sean- who meet each other on their first day of school. All of them have entirely different personalities, diverse talents and strikingly different looks. They soon become an inseparable group and are known as the Big Five to everyone else.

Friends Forever takes us through the life journey of the Big Five as their perfect families fall apart but they always look towards each other for support. As they emerge from school to an entirely different world they are encountered with challenges and risks that are higher and the losses are even more heart-wrenching. Unusual circumstances lead to unusual results making it difficult to choose the right path in a journey of friendship, love and survival.

I would recommend this book because it is so intricate and emotionally powerful novel that one doesn’t feel like keeping it down. It shows us how true friendship never ends no matter how many obstacles it has to overcome even though one of them is death.

Harkirat Kaur Modi


Wuthering Heights

Wuthering HeightsWuthering heights is an English novel written by Emily Bronte and published posthumously in 1847. The story is a narrative  that talks about love and revenge, spread over three generations. The story begins with Mr. Lockwood renting a house called Thrushcross Grange in Northern England with his landlord Mr. Heathcliff living in a country farmhouse called Wuthering Heights. He visits Heathcliff for a quick introduction, but is forced to spend the night there as the because of heavy snowfall. That night he dreams of a former occupant of the house Catherine Earnshaw. On returning to Thrushcross Grange, he urges the housekeeper Nelly Dean to narrate the story of his strange landlord and the occupants of Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights is like a meeting point of the opposites. In three generations the house sees love and hatred, death and addition to family, cruelty and remorse, and even opposing characteristics in Heathcliff. In fact, the only stable, neutralizing factors are the houses – Withering Heights & Thrushcross Grange, and the housekeeper Nelly Dean, who was once Catherine’s maid and friend.

The story revolves around an orphan Heathcliff who is brought to Wuthering Heights by Mr. Earnshaw, and his love for Mr. Earnshaw’s daughter Catherine. Though Catherine loved Healthcliff, she decided to marry Edgar Linton, a gentleman of high social status so that she could have a better life. Defied by his love and insulted by Hindley (Catherine’s brother), Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return as a fully grown man who wants revenge on the Earnshaws and Lintons. He gets his revenge only in the next generation when he takes over the whole of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, but the only thing he missed was Catherine, who was already dead. Determined to win, Heathcliff had arranged for his body to be buried next to Catherine’s by removing dead Edgar Linton’s body. Thus, he got his revenge posthumously.

The plot is powerful and imaginative. The time when the book was written, it could not be published by Emily Bronte in her name as women writers were not in the society then. As any other written work, the story reflects the mood of the society at that time. Women were supposed to marry as per social status to get stability.Bronte has also showed polarities in Heathcliff’s character –as he is cruel but his love for Catherine is undying, he is a gentleman, but is greatly feared by other occupants of the house. He is an orphan, but ends up owning both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. With its colourful characters and a non-conforming plot, Wuthering heights, is undoubtedly, one of the best English classic novels one would come across.

Jidhin Varghese