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A book for all seasons: Watership Down

Posted February 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 36 Comments
A book for all seasons: Watership Down

Richard Adams, Watership Down (1972) Lately I’ve been disappointed that my son’s interest in reading seems to have flagged. He happily reads Tintin comics and my old Cricket magazines for hours, but the sustained attention required by a novel has been elusive. Until I started reading him Watership Down, that is. I thought this 400-page […]

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A poem a day

Posted February 17, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
A poem a day

Last year, during the season of Lent and Easter, I read a poem each day from the collection The Heart’s Time. I loved using this as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. In late 2018, poking through a bookstore bargain table, I came across 365 Poems for Every Occasion, a compilation from the Academy of […]

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My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Posted January 27, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
My first Jane Gardam: Bilgewater

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater (1976) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are stamped […]

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The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

Posted December 23, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
The Shepard Touch: Drawn from Life

E.H. Shepard, Drawn from Life (1961) Ernest Shepard, best known today as the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh and its companions, wrote two memoirs that have just been added to the lovely series of Slightly Foxed Editions. These small, colorful hardcovers, bound in the UK, are typeset in a clean, nicely balanced format that is a pleasure […]

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Classics Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

Posted October 21, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
Classics Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) The new Folio Society edition of this book is available here. A copy was received from the publisher for review consideration. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own. It’s no secret that Ursula K. Le Guin is one of my […]

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New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Posted March 18, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The Maze at Windermere

Gregory Blake Smith, The Maze at Windermere (2018) As regular readers of this blog know, I have the joy and honor of being a graduate of Carleton College (model for Blackstock College in the novel Tam Lin – click on the link for a tour). So when I learned one of my favorite professors in […]

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Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Posted March 14, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 21 Comments
Classics Club: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) When I read Penelope Lively’s Booker Prize-winning Moon Tiger, I was underwhelmed. Unfortunately, I can’t remember quite why. I think it was because I could not connect emotionally with the main character, and found the novel ultimately empty and dull in spite of the literary skill of […]

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From understanding to action: The Art of Waging Peace

Posted February 25, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
From understanding to action: The Art of Waging Peace

Paul K. Chappell, The Art of Waging Peace (2013) After reading seven books to understand Trump’s win, I knew there still remained much to understand, but I was also hankering for some ways to enact positive change. I turned to a book that was recommended by a friend soon after the 2016 elections: The Art of […]

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Classics Club: East of Eden

Posted December 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 15 Comments
Classics Club: East of Eden

John Steinbeck, East of Eden (1952) East of Eden is one of those books that I’ve seen mentioned by many readers as an all-time favorite (though there are a few haters as well). When the Folio Society did a poll to gather suggestions for publication, it was at the top of the list … and […]

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Classics Club: Excellent Women

Posted October 15, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Classics Club: Excellent Women

Barbara Pym, Excellent Women (1952) As I read Excellent Women, the best-known work by the once-neglected, now widely praised English novelist Barbara Pym, I was reminded of another acclaimed comic novel that I read not long ago: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. On the surface, Amis’s hard-drinking, buffoonish misogynist Jim Dixon may seem to have […]

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