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Week 13: The revenge of the unlived life

Why is it so difficult to like Robertson Davies? I mean like him, as opposed to appreciating his writing, which is exceptional, his insights, which are often brilliant, and his ability to sum up a situation or individual in a few well-chosen words. When it comes to original, memorable epigrams, Davies is right up there [...]

By | 2017-09-05T19:26:14+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Week 12: In the Skin of the English Patient

"[U]nder the scarred trees in the half-bombed gardens of the Villa San Girolamo..." Who wouldn't want to be there? The place is Tuscany, in a hill town north of Florence...the second European war is drawing to a close. A pilot, burned beyond recognition, lies in an upstairs bedroom in an abandoned villa, tended only by a [...]

By | 2017-08-29T06:07:00+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 7: A Fine Balance – an unforgettable journey into the heart of Everyman

Forty-eight hours after finishing Rohinton Mistry's sweeping narrative set in India between 1975 and 1984, I remain gripped by the story, unable and unwilling to relinquish this astonishing, transformational odyssey. The characters are unforgettable: the beggar known as Worm who, lacking legs and hands, scuttles along the pavement on a wheeled platform; Beggarmaster, who protects and [...]

By | 2017-07-25T12:49:04+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments