Tag: classic fiction

Back to the Classics: Brideshead Revisited

Posted July 26, 2020 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Back to the Classics: Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (1945) This was a reread for me, and I was already familiar with the plot — I’ll be discussing it here, so please don’t continue if you mind spoilers. Subtitled “The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder,” the novel opens with the Captain and his army troop moving to […]

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Don Quixote, Part II: The End

Posted July 14, 2019 by Lory in reviews / 20 Comments
Don Quixote, Part II: The End

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part II (1615) Though I did not stick very well to my chapter-a-day intention, by reading in fits and starts I have finished Don Quixote. When I last checked in, I was in the middle of Part II; Don Quixote and Sancho Panza were being deceived by their aristocratic hosts, […]

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Early Christians: The Blood of the Martyrs

Posted December 16, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Early Christians: The Blood of the Martyrs

Naomi Mitchison, The Blood of the Martyrs (1939) Naomi Mitchison, who died in 1999 at the age of 101, was a prolific writer who dipped into quite an astonishing number of genres. She wrote historical fiction based in both prehistoric and historic times, contemporary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, travelogue, essays, memoirs, biography, plays … is […]

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Beautiful Books: Uncle Silas

Posted July 29, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Beautiful Books: Uncle Silas

J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas (1864) It’s yet another classic book review! I’ve been doing a lot of these lately as I try to plow through my accumulated TBR pile. But while on vacation I took a whole bunch of newer books along with me on the e-reader, so I hope to have something […]

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Classics Club: Invisible Man

Posted June 24, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
Classics Club: Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952) Race is a topic I’m reluctant to even approach here on the blog. I’m mindful of my privileged status and hesitant to make any pronouncements about people whose experience I cannot truly share or comprehend. However, I do not think it’s helpful to isolate ourselves in separate racial camps and […]

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Classics Club: The Shuttle

Posted June 17, 2018 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Classics Club: The Shuttle

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Shuttle (1907) The Secret Garden and A Little Princess were iconic books for me growing up, and I also read and reread Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Lost Prince. So when Frances Hodgson Burnett’s adult books began to resurface, some (like this one) gaining the kiss of approval from Persephone, I […]

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Les Miserables: The first three months

Posted March 25, 2018 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments
Les Miserables: The first three months

As I proceed through the Chapter-a-day Readalong of Les Miserables, I thought it might be good to check in every quarter or so rather than leaving it all till the end of the year (when I might have forgotten all about what happened in January). These months took us through the first part, “Fantine,” which […]

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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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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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