Day: June 9, 2016

Literature Reviews

Isabella Beeton: Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management / Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace

Well, one day I may well get around to writing proper reviews of these two iconic books (both in their own way) after all, too. But until then, quite unapologetically, my Goodreads Celebrity Death Match Review Elimination Tournament entry will have to do … Felines at War, or: Celebrity Death Match Review Elimination Tournament Review: […]

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Henry David Thoreau: Collected Essays and Poems (Library of America)

A treasure Henry David Thoreau, born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1817, was one of the co-founders and most influential representatives of the philosophical school known as “Transcendentalism.” (Others include fellow Concord residents Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, reformist teacher and father of Louisa May Alcott.) Thoreau’s life centered around his home town; […]

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John Steinbeck: Novels 1942 – 1952 (Library of America)

A Nobel Laureate’s Eden and Our Many Faults and Failures. Whenever “the great American novel” comes up in conversation, the names most frequently bandied about are Fitzgerald (“The Great Gatsby”), Faulkner (“The Sound and the Fury”), Hemingway (“The Old Man and the Sea”) – and John Steinbeck, chronicler of rural California and the ordinary man’s […]

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Wallace Stegner: Remembering Laughter

Early hallmarks of Stegner’s greatest works. On the front porch of their Iowa farm house, Margaret Stuart and her sister Elspeth watch the arrival of the funeral guests of Margaret’s husband Alec. Having aged rapidly and before their time, they seem to be twins; although in fact there is a seven year age difference between […]

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison

“Except that the girl’s innocent.” Things are not going well at Harriet Vane’s trial for the murder of her former lover, Philip Boyes – hearing the judge’s summation, only the most unrealistic of minds could conclude that she is not guilty as charged. One such mind, however, is that of Lord Peter Wimsey – the […]

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night

Rich, Rewarding and Way Ahead of Her Time. Harriet Vane is long past marrying age, independent (like Ms. Sayers herself, she is a mystery writer) … and on top of all that, she was the primary suspect in the murder of her own fiancé not too long ago. So can she possibly be a good […]

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