Home is Where the Hearth is III – Return

Departure | Displacement | Restoration SEPARATION | INITIATION | RETURN One of the regularly cited problems with modern cities is the constant feeling of displacement that can occur in the repetitive landscape of supermarkets, airports or office blocks. A restoration for this is often found in cultural movements and architectural developments that adjust a population’s… Read More Home is Where the Hearth is III – Return

Home is Where the Hearth is II – Displacement

Departure | Displacement | Restoration SEPARATION | INITIATION | RETURN Displacement from home is an uncomfortable feeling. It breeds suspicion and a feeling of nervousness, and rightly so. If, as previously discussed, home is a refuge, then displacement from home must create an opposing effect. During displacement there is a chaotic element. People find it… Read More Home is Where the Hearth is II – Displacement

Heaven or Hell: Two literary journeys in the afterlife

Early warning: This is a post that analyses themes in two books – Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman and JM Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus. There will be reference to the plots, including the endings, of both books so beware of spoilers! Hell has been imagined in many circumstances. Heaven, perhaps less often, has been… Read More Heaven or Hell: Two literary journeys in the afterlife