Publisher: Penguin

The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Posted December 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868-9)   What makes Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women immortal, when as a nineteenth-century moral story for the young it should properly have been forgotten long ago? A portion of the reading population might like to forget it, as Elaine Showalter points out in her illuminating introduction to my Penguin […]

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My First Robertson Davies: Tempest-Tost

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
My First Robertson Davies: Tempest-Tost

Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost (1951) 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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Lost in Translation: Le Grand Meaulnes

Posted October 3, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Lost in Translation: Le Grand Meaulnes

Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes (1913)   It’s been a while since I read a novel in translation. As I read Le Grand Meaulnes, one of the most acclaimed and popular novels that came out of the past century in France, I pondered the various aspects of the writer’s art, and how they can or cannot […]

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