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Week 88: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest book review Milos Forman's film of Ken Kesey's best-selling novel made Jack Nicholson a star. And deservedly so. Who can forget his portrayal of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the subversive troublemaker who wages psychological warfare with the Big Nurse, played by Louise Fletcher? The film, released in 1975, put [...]

By | 2019-06-11T00:45:53+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 87: Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five book review "All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true". So begins the introduction to Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut's first really successful novel. Vonnegut served in the American army in World War II, was captured by the Germans, and, in February, 1945, survived the Allies' bombing of Dresden [...]

By | 2019-03-06T16:11:07+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 86: The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray book review "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." Stephen King wrote that in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. He might just as well have been speaking about adjectives. Too many of them can get in the way of telling a story. Mark Twain would have [...]

By | 2019-06-11T00:44:58+00:00 February 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 85: The Little Prince

The Little Prince book review I've always maintained that you shouldn't read a story looking for clues to the author's life - the story should stand apart, having its own life, its own universe, if you will. But this particular story has so many parallels with the writer's own narrative it simply begs to [...]

By | 2019-02-19T16:01:00+00:00 February 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 84: Thank You, Jeeves

Thank You, Jeeves book review So here's the thing: you either love Jeeves and Wooster or you don't. Or, poor thing, you've never read them (by "them" I refer to the 15, by my count, novels and short story collections about Bertie Wooster and the world's most perfect manservant). If that's the case, all [...]

By | 2019-03-21T19:44:05+00:00 February 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 83: The Forsyte Saga Book One: The Man of Property

  The Forsyte Saga: The Man of Property If you're old enough to remember it airing on PBS in 1969, the Masterpiece Theatre series is probably what comes to your mind when you think of The Forsyte Saga. That is, if you think of it at all, which is unlikely. John Galsworthy's multi-generational chronicle of [...]

By | 2019-02-05T16:12:12+00:00 February 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 80: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

  Tess of the D'Urbervilles book review There's something about the start of a new year that makes me want to look back - in this case, quite a ways back, to England during what was known as the Long Depression of the 1870s. A financial crisis linked to a dramatic fall in grain [...]

By | 2019-01-15T21:16:16+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|9 Comments