Publisher: NYRB Classics

Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Posted April 19, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: The World I Live In

Helen Keller, The World I Live In (1908) When I read Helen Keller’s The Story of My Life, I was intrigued by one of the last letters quoted in the book, written to a college professor who found her compositions too derivative and wondered when she would write of her own unique experiences: I have […]

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Put on a Funny Face: Lucky Jim

Posted July 1, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Put on a Funny Face: Lucky Jim

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (1954) Lucky Jim came up recently as my Classics Club Spin book, and I was glad, because it’s a book I’ve tried to read a few times without success. Still, I was determined to find out why Amis’s debut novel has been hailed as one of the funniest books of all […]

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Women in Translation Month: The True Deceiver

Posted August 21, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Women in Translation Month: The True Deceiver

Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver (1982) If all you know of Finnish author Tove Jansson are her Moomin books, delightful as they are, you’re missing out. Jansson also wrote some of the most finely crafted adult fiction to be found anywhere. It’s a shame that not all of her novels and stories are available in […]

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