Week 85: The Little Prince

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

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 [...]

Week 84: Thank You, Jeeves

By | 2019-02-12T16:58:31+00:00 February 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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 manservent). If that's the case, all [...]

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

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

  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 [...]

Week 80: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

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

  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 [...]

Week 79: The Reader

By | 2018-12-18T15:37:11+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Reader book review "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana, The Life of Reason The Germans have a word for the struggle of those born after the Second World War to overcome the negatives of the past: Vergangenheitsbewältigung can be defined as the public debate that continues to this day [...]

Week 77: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By | 2018-12-04T15:46:31+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book review "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. . . .' And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and [...]