Category Archives: Classics

Adam Bede

Caveat: I discuss the ending of this book in this review, so if you haven’t read it, you might not want to read my entire review. Nutshell version: it’s fantastic and I recommend it. * * * Here’s an odd … Continue reading

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The Beckoning Lady

This 1955 mystery by Margery Allingham finds Albert Campion and his wife Amanda back at Pontisbright, the setting of Sweet Danger. Uncle William Faraday, who previously appeared in Police at the Funeral and Dancers in Mourning has just died, apparently … Continue reading

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Getting My Mojo Back: Re-Reads

The most wonderful thing about having a co-bloggeuse is that I get to keep in touch with Teresa and we can share our thoughts and opinions about books, as we’ve done our entire friendship. The second best thing is that … Continue reading

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Lady Audley’s Secret

A good friend of mine in the English department loaned me her copy of Lady Audley’s Secret, telling me she knew I’d love it. Mary Elizabeth Braddon wasn’t a familiar name to me, which is my own fault (she’s on … Continue reading

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Quicksand and Passing

These two novellas by Nella Larsen are concerned with questions of identity. How do we find our identity? How does society inform our identity? And how do we break free when we don’t care for society’s definitions? In particular, the … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now (part 2)

My first post on The Way We Live Now was about possessions, in the broadest possible sense. Trollope examines, and satirizes, the way we live now (and indeed the way we live now is not very different) as a time … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now (part 1)

If I told you I’d just read a brawling, sprawling, money-grubbing, dog-eat-dog indictment of society’s financial and moral systems, what would you think I was talking about? If you said, “Something by Christopher Reich or Scott Turow,” you’re in the … Continue reading

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Some Prefer Nettles

A word of advice to people who write copy for back covers of books. Think carefully before you discuss events that occur in the last third or so of the book. I’m not a reader who minds spoilers, and some … Continue reading

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The Tiger in the Smoke

I think I’ve reached the apex of Margery Allingham’s series of novels about detective/adventurer Albert Campion. Published in 1952, the 14th Campion novel, The Tiger in the Smoke, brings us a Campion who is a husband and a father. He … Continue reading

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The Home and the World

As a young bride, Bimala took pleasure in “taking the dust” of her husband’s feet each morning as an act of reverence, believing that her woman’s heart “must worship in order to love.” But her husband, Nikhil, didn’t want her … Continue reading

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