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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Week 67: J. D. Salinger’s Glass menagerie

By | 2018-09-25T10:52:24+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Franny and Zooey book review In his dedication at the beginning of Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger appeals to William Shawn, his "editor, mentor, and (heaven help him) closest friend", to accept this "pretty skimpy-looking book". It is, in fact, rather skimpy, being a short story and novella under one cover. Both appeared [...]

Week 63: The Master

By | 2018-09-03T20:19:41+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Week 63 - The Master Book Review Colm Tóibín's 2004 novel is a hybrid - not totally fiction, not purely biography. The proper name for it, I think, is creative nonfiction, although there are so many interpretations of that genre that it's difficult to categorize. The Malahat Review awards its Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction [...]

Week 62: American Rust

By | 2018-09-03T20:17:19+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Week 62: American Rust Book Review Since his debut novel was published in 2009, Philipp Meyer has been likened to Steinbeck and Salinger, Faulkner and Hemingway. In 2010 the New Yorker rated him one of the 20 best novelists under 40. The accolades are appropriate, keeping in mind that Meyer, writing at the tail [...]