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Week 99: Death in Venice

By | 2019-06-25T14:24:53+00:00 June 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Death in Venice book review In 2003 Germaine Greer ignited a furor (as is her wont) with the publication of a book devoted to the youthful male face and form. The Beautiful Boy, which one critic described as a combination of art history and coffee-table erotica, was full of pictures of, in her words, "'ravishing' [...]

Week 97: Love in the Time of Cholera

By | 2019-06-11T14:27:21+00:00 June 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Love in the Time of Cholera book review Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, who died in 2014 at the age of 87, has been called the greatest Colombian who ever lived. Affectionately known throughout Latin America as Gabo, or Gabito, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the [...]

Week 96: The Cider House Rules

By | 2019-05-28T14:57:54+00:00 May 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Cider House Rules book review John Irving has said that he always starts with the last sentence, then works his way backwards through the plot, to the beginning of the story. It's a technique that has served him well; he's written 14 novels and nine of them have been best-sellers. The Cider House Rules [...]

Week 95: The Poisonwood Bible

By | 2019-05-14T14:05:58+00:00 May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Poisonwood Bible book review There is something refreshingly old-fashioned about this, Barbara Kingsolver's best-selling tale of an evangelical minister who takes his family to the Republic of Congo in 1959, just as the country is on the verge of putting an end to colonial rule. The story is told in a series of [...]

Week 94: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

By | 2019-05-01T20:24:15+00:00 May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Unbearable Lightness of Being book review The Prague Spring was a period of mass protests against the Soviet Union, beginning in January, 1968, and continuing until August of that year. For a few months, under the leadership of Alexander Dubček, the citizens of the former Czechoslovakia experienced a liberalization of restrictions on travel, free [...]

Week 92: The Talented Mr. Ripley

By | 2019-04-08T23:03:31+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Talented Mr. Ripley book review The genius of Patricia Highsmith in this, her first Tom Ripley novel, is to create a villain so complex and vulnerable that you can't help rooting for him. He cons his way through life, defrauds and exploits those who trust him, and even commits murder. Twice. And yet [...]