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Week 54: Sons and Lovers . . . and Mothers

I've always felt that if you're going to read D. H. Lawrence, you should start with Sons and Lovers, his seminal tale of passion, domestic conflict, working-class aspirations, and poverty. Set in the Nottingham coalfields at the turn of the last century, it's a story of becoming - becoming a man, an artist, a lover. [...]

By | 2018-06-26T15:02:04+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 53: Eugene Onegin, in translation

It's often said that only those who know Russian can fully enjoy Alexander Pushkin's masterpiece, Eugene Onegin. They may be right. But until the time when you or I can read the original, I recommend Charles Johnston's translation, published in 1977 by Viking Press. For a non-Russian speaker like myself, it gives a sense of [...]

By | 2018-06-19T12:36:40+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 52: Tales of Horror and Suspense

The Fall of the House of Usher is 19 pages long. The Pit and the Pendulum is even shorter. By the standards of your average novel, these hardly make the grade. But, as David Rush writes in my edition of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die - a title that seems especially menacing [...]

By | 2018-06-17T23:05:13+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 51: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

When I was 23, I brought a copy of Ulysses with me to Greece and carried it around for five weeks. I never actually got around to reading it, but carrying it with me made me feel a cut above my fellow backpackers, most of whom were toting copies of Catch-22, Siddhartha, and The Hobbit. [...]

By | 2018-06-05T15:10:41+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments