Week 16: An abyss of godforsaken folly

The Wars book review "Only the dead have seen the end to war." George Santayana wrote this in 1922. He was responding to the idea, popular at the time, that the First World War was the war to end all wars. It was the Great War for Civilization. The war that would be over [...]

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Week 15: Anne Hébert and the bitter destiny of girls

The First Garden book review The First Garden is not a book I would have chosen to appear on a list of essential reading. There. I've said it. It's not a bad book - it's a very good book, as it happens. It's just that Kamouraska is a better book and if you're going [...]

By |2018-09-08T19:39:50+00:00September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 14: Slogging my way through the cyberpunk manifesto

Neuromancer book review It takes a special mind to imagine the future. George Orwell had it. He gave us Big Brother, and an image of a totalitarian future: "a boot stamping on a human face - forever". Aldous Huxley envisaged a Brave New World, whose pleasure-seeking denizens were programmed to "love their servitude and [...]

By |2018-09-08T19:46:32+00:00September 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 13: The revenge of the unlived life

Fifth Business book review Why is it so difficult to like Robertson Davies? I mean like him, as opposed to appreciating his writing, which is exceptional, his insights, which are often brilliant, and his ability to sum up a situation or individual in a few well-chosen words. When it comes to original, memorable epigrams, [...]

By |2018-09-08T20:20:14+00:00September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments