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reviewed The Secret Scripture. July 07, 2011
The Secret Scripture
Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture is the story of Roseanne McNulty, who at around 100 years old has been living in a psychiatric hospital for most of her life. It may not sound like the promising …
The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of
I wonder if Stone would feel honoured or slighted at my brash theft of HIS title "The Agony and the Ecstasy", as the basis for my review of his wonderful work!      Irving …
reviewed The Countess and the King: A Novel of.... September 07, 2010
The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess
Pity the fate of the plain woman in the Restoration Court of Charles II. Fortunately for Katherine Sedley, only child of a wealthy family, such worries are premature. Attended by "Romish" priests, Katherine's …
reviewed The Painted Bird. September 06, 2010
The Painted Bird
I understand that, as a general rule, assessment of a work's quality should not be confused with moral judgements about the author's character. Monsters can write like angels, and vice versa. …
reviewed Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel. August 27, 2010
Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel
  Charlotte Bronte was the only one of her five siblings to marry, though it seems she loved three men in her short lifetime. The title of this book, Romancing Miss Bronte, is something of a misnomer, …
reviewed Der Blindensturz (German edition). August 14, 2010
Der Blindensturz (Fiction, Poetry & Drama) (German
That's the title in English of the excellent translation by Christopher Middleton of this novella by Gert Hofmann, a German writer born in 1931. Gert is the father of the poet and translator Michael Hofmann, …
reviewed The Film Explainer. August 02, 2010
The Film Explainer
Gert Hofmann (I suppose we can call him 'Gert", though he never declares his name in his first-person narrative) is a small boy, living with his unwed mother and his maternal grandparents in the shabby …
reviewed Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel. June 24, 2010
Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel
Charlotte Bronte was the only one of her five siblings to marry, though it seems she loved three men in her short lifetime. The title of this book, Romancing Miss Bronte, is something of a misnomer, since …
reviewed The Confessions of Catherine de Medic.... June 21, 2010
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel
Powerful and engrossing, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici takes the reader on an unforgettable journey with one of the most powerful women of history. Beginning with her youth, C.W. Gortner intertwines …
posted a Quick Tip about The White Queen: A Novel. June 15, 2010
The White Queen: A Novel
Well written, interesting history
posted a Quick Tip about The White Queen: A Novel. June 10, 2010
The White Queen: A Novel
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
reviewed The White Queen: A Novel. June 03, 2010
The White Queen: A Novel
I am obsessed w/ this period in history, so I'm probably a little biasd, but I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't really heard or read much about Elizabeth Woodville, but her story was fascinating. During …
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel
Gortner's portrait of Catherine de Medici is rich in historical detail, a view inside the world of a woman touched by the hand of fate, France awash in religious wars in the late 16th century. In spite …
reviewed The Queen's Pawn. May 15, 2010
The Queen's Pawn
I was delighted when I was given an opportunity to read and review this book! Because there is such a dearth of information about Eleanor of Aquitaine I especially enjoy books that delve into what her …
reviewed Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel. April 29, 2010
Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel
Many people do not know that Charlotte Bronte married happily at age thirty eight and died nine months later. Husband Nichols gets pushed under the rug because readers don't want Charlotte married. They …
reviewed Daphne: A Novel. April 07, 2010
Daphne: A Novel
As a lover of Daphne Du Maurier's novels ever since adolescence, I approached Justine Picardie's novel starring Daphne as a main character with much trepidation. I wanted it to be good and I was not disappointed. &n …
reviewed The Queen's Pawn. April 06, 2010
The Queen's Pawn
In this fascinating tale of kings, queens and power, English draws an intimate portrait of love and passion, between Henry II, his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard Plantagenet and French Princess …
reviewed Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel. March 26, 2010
Romancing Miss Bronte: A Novel
Charlotte Bronte is one of the most well-known authors in the world, having written a classic piece of literature. Now Juliet Gael has attempted to tell the story of Ms. Bronte - her character, her strength …
reviewed Pearl of China: A Novel. March 21, 2010
Pearl of China: A Novel
In the novel "Pearl of China," Anchee Min, born in China in 1957 and now a resident of the United States, does her best to pay tribute to the life and influence of Pearl S. Buck as someone who successfully …
reviewed Homer & Langley: A Novel. January 26, 2010
Homer & Langley: A Novel
The Collyer brothers of E.L. Doctorow's "Homer & Langley" are loosely based on a pair of real life brothers whose eccentric lifestyle created a sensation when they were found dead in their New York City …
reviewed The White Queen: A Novel. December 27, 2009
The White Queen: A Novel
I've always liked Elizabeth Woodville, warts and all. I never expect her to be portrayed perfectly, mostly because a good deal of what she did herself was so imperfect. So it was with trepidation that …
reviewed The Painted Bird. December 13, 2009
The Painted Bird
Another village, another beating. The nameless child narrator of "The Painted Bird" is one unlucky person, and so are you while reading this inane exercise in page-turning masochism.    The …
reviewed The Secret Scripture. December 09, 2009
The Secret Scripture
Continuing the fictional elaborations of his own family's facts, Barry tells of Irish repression movingly in this densely written but often poetic novel. Following "The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty," …
reviewed Homer & Langley: A Novel. November 01, 2009
Homer & Langley: A Novel
I love this man's writing. If you do as well, buy the book. Enough said.    One caveat: Don't read anything about the Collyer brothers before you read Doctorow's book. Just read the …
reviewed The White Queen: A Novel. September 09, 2009
The White Queen: A Novel
      Philippa Gregory has brought a depth of perspective to some of the iconic female figures of English history, with impeccable research and an eye for the particular challenges …
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