Week 12: In the Skin of the English Patient

The English Patient book review "[U]nder the scarred trees in the half-bombed gardens of the Villa San Girolamo..." Who wouldn't want to be there? The place is Tuscany, in a hill town north of Florence...the second European war is drawing to a close. A pilot, burned beyond recognition, lies in an upstairs bedroom in an [...]

By |2018-09-08T20:26:41+00:00August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Week 11: Alice Munro’s “preposterous adventures”

Who Do You Think You Are? book review It's a terrible title, really, The Beggar Maid. I much prefer the original Canadian title, Who Do You Think You Are? with its double sense of the phrase. There's the familiar, small-town accusation put to anyone who dares to show off, parade herself about as they say, [...]

By |2018-09-08T20:33:57+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Week 10: The magical realism of Life of Pi

Life of Pi book review "[W]hat is the purpose of reason, Richard Parker? Is it no more than to shine at practicalities - the getting of food, clothing and shelter? Why can't reason give greater answers? Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer? Why such a vast [...]

By |2018-09-08T20:40:34+00:00August 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Week 9: Mining the inner Lives of Girls and Women

Lives of Girls and Woman book review Alice Munro has made a career of breaking the rules of short story writing, so perhaps it's not surprising that two of her collections, The Beggar Maid and Lives of Girls and Women, are included in a list of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. [...]

By |2018-09-08T20:48:02+00:00August 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Week 8: The Stone Diaries: a remarkable story of an ordinary life

The Stone Diaries review "What is the story of a life? A chronicle of fact or a skillfully wrought impression? The bringing together of what she fears? Or the adding up of what has been offhandedly revealed, those tiny allotted increments of knowledge?" So asks Daisy Goodwill Flett, 80 years old, brought to her knees [...]

By |2018-09-08T20:55:37+00:00August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments