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Week 72: Michael Cunningham’s The Hours

The Hours book review I'm not sure it's possible to find any kind of weakness in Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. As a work of fiction, it's as perfect in its way as anything I've ever read. And it proves, if it needed proving, that a book does not have to take up a [...]

By | 2018-10-30T11:46:13+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 70: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man book review Pity the poor reviewers when James Joyce burst onto the scene with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It was 1916, and even his most sympathetic critics, while admitting the book was well-written and the dialogue superb, were confused by the [...]

By | 2018-10-20T21:31:00+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 68: Lolita – the erotic novel that isn’t

Lolita book review In his otherwise self-serving piece in Harper's, the disgraced American broadcaster John Hockenberry says one thing I agree with entirely: "I feel absolutely certain that Lolita would never be published today". No, it probably wouldn't. This is, after all, a book about a middle-aged man raping an adolescent girl. Several times [...]

By | 2018-10-02T15:21:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments