Publisher: Modern Library

Reading New England: Ethan Frome

Posted July 8, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 30 Comments
Reading New England: Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911) After reading one of the funniest books ever (according to multiple top ten lists, anyway), I moved on to what has to be one of the most depressing books of all time: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I am SO glad that I was not made to read it in […]

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Reading New England: The Country of the Pointed Firs

Posted March 11, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Reading New England: The Country of the Pointed Firs

Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) In this evocative collection of sketches set in Maine, in and around the fictional coastal town of Dunnet Landing, an unnamed narrator reveals little of herself other than that she is a writer, visiting the town one summer to pursue her work. Her role is […]

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Delighting in Absurdities: Barchester Towers

Posted July 11, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Delighting in Absurdities: Barchester Towers

Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers (1857) For me, the key to Barchester Towers was found near the end, in this passage: The sorrows of our heroes and heroines, they are your delight, oh public! Their sorrows, or their sins, or their absurdities; not their virtues, good sense, and consequent rewards.  Indeed, Trollope’s gift lies in creating […]

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