Source: free download

Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Posted February 23, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) I’m not a horror fan, so I’ve never made an effort to read the classics of the genre — but for one reason or another, in the last few years I’ve read Frankenstein, Dracula, and now this brief but hugely influential tale […]

Divider

Classics Club: The Story of My Life

Posted March 24, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Classics Club: The Story of My Life

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903) Almost everyone must know who Helen Keller is: the girl who became blind and deaf due to illness before she was two years old, enduring several agonizing years of isolation before being reconnected to the light of thought. The play and film “The Miracle Worker” dramatizes this […]

Divider

The Pleasure of the Journey: Three Men in a Boat

Posted August 26, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 26 Comments
The Pleasure of the Journey: Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (1889) This summer, I finally read the comic classic Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. As I had found references to its characters and incidents in several other books (notably To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis), there was much that was […]

Divider

The Merits of Melodrama: Armadale

Posted August 14, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 23 Comments
The Merits of Melodrama: Armadale

Wilkie Collins, Armadale (1864) Having enjoyed Wilkie Collins’s two most famous novels, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, I wanted to read more of this Victorian author’s wildly popular sensation fiction. Recommendations from several quarters led me to Armadale, his longest book and the one of which TS Eliot said “It has no merit […]

Divider

Old Friends and New Fancies: An Old-Fashioned Girl

Posted July 12, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Old Friends and New Fancies: An Old-Fashioned Girl

Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869-70)   An Old-Fashioned Girl is really two books. The first few chapters appeared as a serial in a magazine, and form an episodic narrative centered around a materially poor but morally upright girl who is on a visit to some wealthy friends. Polly, the “old-fashioned girl,” loves the […]

Divider

Death in Venice: The Aspern Papers

Posted June 30, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Death in Venice: The Aspern Papers

Henry James, The Aspern Papers (1888) Henry James and I have not gotten along in the past. When I was compelled to read The Turn of the Screw in school, I was completely befuddled. Then I heard from other readers that James’s writing was convoluted or impenetrable, and I wasn’t interested in trying to break […]

Divider

For Love and Money: Doctor Thorne

Posted April 17, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
For Love and Money: Doctor Thorne

Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne (1858) Illustration by Millais, found here. In the third of his Barsetshire Chronicles, Trollope departs from the clerical characters and themes that occupied him in the first two volumes, and takes a look at another segment of Barset society. The novel introduces us to a once-wealthy squire who is down on […]

Divider

Short and Bittersweet: Bliss and Other Stories

Posted January 2, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Short and Bittersweet: Bliss and Other Stories

Katherine Mansfield, Bliss and Other Stories (1920) I don’t usually seek out short stories, though I often enjoy them when I do read them. Usually I’m looking for a longer-term reading experience, with characters I can live with over time. But when I read Katherine Mansfield’s collection Bliss and Other Stories (having drawn it as […]

Divider