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Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties
This is a book that gives the casual reader a snapshot of the decade of the 1920s through chapters which dal with specific people or topics. I was amazed, and shocked, at the self-indulgent hedonism that …
posted a Quick Tip about This Side of Paradise. July 06, 2010
This Side of Paradise
all of Fitzgerald's novels have the same basic theme but if you enjoy that genre, this one is as good as the rest!
posted a Quick Tip about This Side of Paradise. June 23, 2010
This Side of Paradise
Loved The Great Gatsby but couldn't finish this one.
posted a Quick Tip about This Side of Paradise. June 22, 2010
This Side of Paradise
I normally love FSF, but this left me cold.
reviewed This Side of Paradise. June 16, 2010
This Side of Paradise
F. Scott Fitzgerald spent his entire career in the same vein set forth in this debut novel, first published in 1920 when the author was 23. He was a master of capturing the essence of the era--the glamorous …
reviewed Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roa.... May 11, 2010
Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties
This is not a serious history of the 1920s. In fact, it really isn't much of a history at all - more like a collection of vignettes. Much to her credit, the author acknowledges up front that the book …
reviewed Tropic of Cancer. September 28, 2009
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Just completed reading the Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller for the third or fourth time and each time I read it I enjoy it more.  It takes place in Paris during the 1920s where Miller was one …
reviewed The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story.... March 09, 2009
The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America
So, up front you should know that I haven't finished this book and likely won't. I've gotten two-thirds of the way into it and I give up. It's completely failing to grip me, and I have no interest in …
reviewed The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story.... February 16, 2009
The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America
As it becomes more apparent that America's "war on terror" really may be the generational conflict some commentators were predicting shortly after September 11, perhaps historians' minds are turning more …
reviewed The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story.... February 05, 2009
The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America
In the aftermath of the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center by terrorist acts, it is easy to forget that terrorism has a long and convoluted history in the United States. For decades …
reviewed In Search of Scotland. April 18, 2008
In Search of Scotland
I have to say at the start that I've read and reviewed maybe a half-dozen H.V. Morton books, and I've yet to find one that's not well-written, interesting, and entertaining. But as with any author, some …
reviewed When you go to London,. February 20, 2008
When you go to London,
"When You Go to London" was first published in 1926, under the title A London Year. When it was released in the US the next year, it was given a new introduction and title. From what I can tell, this …
reviewed In Search of England. February 20, 2008
In Search of England
A website devoted to H.V. Morton and his works describes "In Search of England" as "the best-loved travel book of the 20th century." I'm not sure on what they base that judgment, but I for one am inclined …
reviewed This Side of Paradise. August 05, 2001
This Side of Paradise
I missed this one back in college, where I became enamoured of much more sophisticated writers (Joyce and Hemingway, though some here may question this characterization of Hemingway at least). Indeed, …
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