Month: July 2015

Words as Music: Mrs. Dalloway

Posted July 31, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Words as Music: Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) Virginia Woolf is one of those authors I think I was simply too young to appreciate at first encounter. I was baffled by and uninterested in To the Lighthouse when made to read it in school, and so I avoided Woolf for decades. But trying to read and blog more […]

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Ten Bookish Characters

Posted July 28, 2015 by Lory in lists / 16 Comments
Ten Bookish Characters

For Top Ten Tuesday, some of my favorite characters who are fellow “book nerds” — writers, readers, and storytellers. Who’s on your list? Tanaqui in The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones Tanaqui doesn’t just tell her story, she weaves it — and changes her fate and that of her world in the process. Miss Buncle […]

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Month in Review: July 2015

Posted July 26, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 23 Comments
Month in Review: July 2015

I’m still in Switzerland, but here’s what’s been going on with the blog during the last few weeks (hooray for post scheduling!). I’ll be back soon to catch up on comments and such. What have you all been up to? Reviews The Aspern Papers – A second look at Henry James. The Wild Girl – […]

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A Play Well Spent: The Matchmaker

Posted July 24, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
A Play Well Spent: The Matchmaker

Thornton Wilder, The Matchmaker (1954) A while ago I made a project of reading all of Thornton Wilder’s novels, but I didn’t include the multifaceted author’s renowned plays. While two of his famous trio of dramas — Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth — were drummed into me back in high school, I’d […]

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Words and Pictures: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Posted July 21, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 8 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Why do you think she’s scared of anything? She’s a grown-up, isn’t she? Grown-ups and monsters aren’t scared of things.” “Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. “That’s why they’re monsters. And as for grown-ups…” She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, “I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look […]

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New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Posted July 19, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe, eds., CS Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford CS Lewis Society (2015) Closely following The Fellowship, a splendid group biography of the Inklings, comes this new collection, a fine companion volume for those looking for more on CS Lewis and company. A student society […]

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New Release Review: The Philosopher Kings

Posted July 17, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The Philosopher Kings

Jo Walton, The Philosopher Kings (2015) Rejoice, readers of The Just City! The sequel to Jo Walton’s fantasy about gods and humans attempting to create Plato’s Republic in ancient Greece is here, and you’ll be wanting to snap it up to find out what happened after that book’s dramatic ending. (If you haven’t read The […]

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It: The Sundial

Posted July 14, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
It’s the End of the World as We Know It: The Sundial

Shirley Jackson, The Sundial (1958) So, I was thinking I would read Life Among the Savages for Shirley Jackson Reading Week, because it’s a humorous book about living with small children (for which a sense of humor certainly comes in handy), and seemed like a fun summer read. But I was sidelined by Jenny’s enthusiasm […]

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Old Friends and New Fancies: An Old-Fashioned Girl

Posted July 12, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Old Friends and New Fancies: An Old-Fashioned Girl

Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869-70)   An Old-Fashioned Girl is really two books. The first few chapters appeared as a serial in a magazine, and form an episodic narrative centered around a materially poor but morally upright girl who is on a visit to some wealthy friends. Polly, the “old-fashioned girl,” loves the […]

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Auf wiedersehen

Posted July 11, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 14 Comments
Auf wiedersehen

Our long-anticipated trip to Switzerland is here! As long as post scheduling continues to function (fingers crossed), you’ll still be seeing regular posts, but I won’t be able to comment or visit other blogs much for a couple of weeks. I have no idea what our internet access is going to be like — and […]

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