Category: reviews

Three from Furrowed Middlebrow

Posted March 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Three from Furrowed Middlebrow

E. Nesbit, The Lark (1922) Elizabeth Fair, A Winter Away (1957) Ursula Orange, Tom Tiddler’s Ground (1941) As I’ve mentioned before, Furrowed Middlebrow Books represents what must surely be every blogger’s dream: a publishing imprint devoted to bringing back one reader’s list of forgotten favorites (mainly mid-century British fiction by women in this case).  The […]

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Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Posted March 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 2: Dark Money

Jane Mayer, Dark Money (2016) As my highly non-political brain tries to grasp what is really behind the political and social upheavals of our time, I’m grateful for the books that are helping to give me some insight into these difficult and complex topics. Such a book was the first entry in this series, The […]

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To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Posted March 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
To be a king: Mary Renault’s Theseus books

Mary Renault, The King Must Die (1958) Mary Renault, The Bull from the Sea (1962) What is a true king? That question runs throughout the two historical novels that Mary Renault wrote about Theseus, the legendary ruler of Athens. As the young hero grows up, from mysterious beginnings, through trials that test his strength both […]

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Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Posted March 12, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Stagecraft and swordplay: Scaramouche

Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche (1921) After watching the 1952 movie of Scaramouche, with its brilliant fencing matches between Mel Ferrer and Stewart Granger, I became curious to read the book. How would the author deal with these exciting action sequences? And would the book give more context and background for the historical and political aspects of […]

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New Release Review: One Part Plant

Posted March 7, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: One Part Plant

Jessica Murnane, One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time (2017) I’m not a fan of the term “vegan,” which sounds like its adherents come from another planet, nor of defining an eating style based solely on what it doesn’t include. So Jessica Murnane’s positive, joyous approach to “plant-based” […]

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When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Posted February 19, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
When all times become one: A Fugue in Time

Rumer Godden, A Fugue in Time (1945) Rumer Godden’s storytelling style often involves shifts in time and point of view, sometimes within the same paragraph or even the same sentence. In A Fugue in Time, she made time-shifting the whole basis of the narrative, telling interwoven stories of three different generations within the same London […]

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A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Posted February 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
A Regency puzzle: Troy Chimneys

Margaret Kennedy, Troy Chimneys (1952) I’ve just finished Troy Chimneys, and already I want to read it again. This is partly to try to puzzle out the chronology, which is confused by a complicated multi-layer structure of diaries and letters bandied back and forth between various generations of different families — but it’s also because […]

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New and Notable from Gallic Books

Posted February 8, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New and Notable from Gallic Books

French seems to be the language from which I read translated fiction most often (see this post, and this one). This may be partly because of an affinity to the country and the culture — I studied French in school and spent a term in Paris in college — but I also have a sense […]

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Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Posted January 25, 2017 by Lory in events, reviews / 16 Comments
Margery Sharp Day: Britannia Mews

Margery Sharp, Britannia Mews (1946) For the third year in a row, Jane of Beyond Eden Rock is hosting a birthday celebration in honor of the author Margery Sharp, to encourage everyone to read and enjoy her witty, entertaining novels. As Jane notes in her announcement post, for the first time in quite a while […]

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Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

Posted January 22, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 42 Comments
Trying to Understand Part 1: The Unwinding

George Packer, The Unwinding (2013) This post is part of a series based around the New York Times’s list of “books to understand Trump’s win.” Rachel of Hibernator’s Library suggested doing a readalong of these six books, and I thought it was a great idea. So did several other people, and I hope that we’ll […]

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