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reviewed Far from the Madding Crowd (book). April 27, 2014
Far from the Madding Crowd
Not with any other author, even the inimitable Dickens, have I ever seen the linear progression in maturity and strength of writing as in Thomas Hardy's from his debut through Madding Crowd.  …
reviewed Purge. June 20, 2013
Purge, by Finnish-Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen is one of the hardest novels I've read in a long time.   Spanning 60 years of history from World War II through the break up of the Soviet bloc …
reviewed A Confederacy of Dunces. May 06, 2013
Confederacy of Dunces
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, A Confederacy of Dunces is a book unlike any other that I have previously read. I have often heard it referred to as THAT book, a kind of complement …
reviewed Dracula (novel). May 06, 2013
Dracula (first edition)
In rereading Dracula-my "October" book-I discovered many nuances and subtle flaws the eluded me upon my first reading of it. They included physical descriptions of the characters and incorrect …
posted a Quick Tip about Wuthering Heights. January 11, 2013
Wuthering Heights
There's something rotten in the manor of Wuthering Heights. A young boy is hanging up puppies like decorations, an elderly servant can't speak comprehensible English, and the master of the house …
reviewed Lord Jim. September 19, 2012
Lord Jim
On Bob Dylan's latest album, the title track "Tempest" is a relentless narrative of the sinking of the Titanic, the title itself repeating the title of Shakespeare's account of a shipwreck …
House Made of Dawn (P.S.)
I always find it interesting that authors who write such opaque prose are lauded as great writers. Isn't the point of great writing to make it easier for the reader to live in the world the author …
reviewed Knights of the Round. March 01, 2012
Knights of the Round
You may recall that in Monty Python's take on the story of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, Arthur got into an argument with a snooty French castle keeper about how coconuts could have randomly fallen …
reviewed Arrowsmith. November 26, 2011
Lewis Sinclair's Arrowsmith
   Sinclair Lewis, by most biographical accounts, was an eccentric red-head with an acerbic and mercurial personality.  He is best known for his examinations of hucksterism in all walks …
reviewed Arrowsmith. September 06, 2011
Lewis Sinclair's Arrowsmith
Martin Arrowsmith enters med school in the early nineteen hundreds in the American Midwest.      We see the difficulty he has with medical and social issues, which friends to have …
reviewed Dracula (novel). July 09, 2011
Dracula (first edition)
The character of Dracula is depicted as a blood-thirsty vampire. The opening scene is priceless.   An old time carriage is seen traversing a winding road until reaching the infamous castle   …
posted a Quick Tip about Dracula (novel). June 27, 2011
Dracula (first edition)
My favourite vampire - one who never apologises for who or what he is.
posted a Quick Tip about Lolita (book). June 20, 2011
It has been awhile since I read this book and others by the author. I recommend it highly. Most people think of it only as a sex book. In fact the name Lolita has become synonomous with sex with a young …
posted a Quick Tip about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. April 12, 2011
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
One of Mark Twain's greatest books and an extremely enjoyable read. It is a very humorous and great adventure story.
posted a Quick Tip about To Kill a Mockingbird (book). April 12, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
While a bit on the plodding side, an important and inspiring read about one man's fight against racism.
posted a Quick Tip about The Great Gatsby. April 12, 2011
The Great Gatsby
I know this book gets quite a bit of praise but for me the novel just does not hold up to the test of time.  In some ways it reads like a modern love triangle or a look into the dysfunctional lives …
reviewed Pride and Prejudice (book). March 26, 2011
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The marriage, property and inheritance laws of the late 18th and early 19th century, by today's standards, can be considered cruelly misogynistic.      The Bennett family estate …
posted a Quick Tip about Wuthering Heights. March 16, 2011
Wuthering Heights
recently I had watch a TV show about voyaging in london,and that show give us a detailed view about the background where Bront wrote her book, it's such a lonely place but full of imagine...oh,please …
reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird (book). March 09, 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird revolves around the childhood of Scout and Jem Finch. Scout recalls the most important events of her life in those years: the quiet dignity of her father …
posted a Quick Tip about Winesburg, Ohio. March 05, 2011
Winesburg, Ohio
Seminal satire that explores the grotesque in us all...
posted a Quick Tip about A Confederacy of Dunces. February 25, 2011
Confederacy of Dunces
Worth another look after years of sitting on the shelf.
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
Pretty dry (dare I say boring) read in places, but the discussion about total context manipulation and its implications still remain pretty scary and relevant
reviewed 1984 (novel). February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
There are very few writers whose work has been so profound that their names have become adjectives. Shakespearean. Kafkaesque. Orwellian.      1984 remains George Orwell's greatest …
posted a Quick Tip about A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. February 22, 2011
It is a classic more for the form than anything else. Were it not the "first" "reinvention" of stream of consciousness writing, it would just be considered a poorly organized diary of a self-important …
posted a Quick Tip about 1984 (novel). February 19, 2011
posted in SF Signal
1984 (British first edition)
1984 is an essential book, not just for SF readers, not just for readers, but for everyone, everywhere.
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