Author Archives: Jenny

The Replacement

One of the most vivid, sad, and frightening scenes in Little, Big is about a changeling. Sophie brings the thing with which the faeries have replaced her infant daughter Lilac to George Mouse, hoping against hope for some kind of … Continue reading

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Little, Big (late read-along part 2)

In my last post on Little, Big, I talked briefly about some of the authors that crowd the pages of the book: Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, Giordano Bruno, Kenneth Grahame, George MacDonald, Ovid, and on and on. (Tom at Wuthering … Continue reading

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Little, Big (a late read-along)

During the merry merry month of May, Dolce Bellezza invited bloggers to join her in a read-along of John Crowley’s Little, Big; one of my favorite novels by one of my favorite authors. I rashly said I wanted in, even … Continue reading

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A Small Place

Jamaica Kincaid’s short book (long essay?) A Small Place is about the ravages of colonialism on the small island of Antigua. It’s about perception versus reality, and the importance of opening the privileged eyes of those who might never have … Continue reading

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Summer Half

I finished classes and celebrated commencement at the university where I teach two weeks ago now. I have been in that delightful in-between state: in between teaching and buckling down to the scholarship I need to do for the summer; … Continue reading

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Blood Meridian

I was astonished to learn recently that there are people who think Cormac McCarthy is an extremely realistic author, someone whose novels are “marked by intense natural observation.” While I suppose you could make an argument that the whole atmosphere … Continue reading

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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is the first book Nabokov wrote in English. It’s not quite the leaping, dazzling style of Lolita or Pale Fire — it is a little more brittle and fragile than that — but it … Continue reading

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Tigerman, the third book I’ve read by Nick Harkaway (after The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker), sneaks up on you a bit. The dynamite opening sentence (“On the steps of the old mission house, the sergeant sat with the boy who … Continue reading

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I read Marilynne Robinson’s novel Lila way back in January, and have been letting my thoughts about it simmer. It is without a doubt one of the best novels I’ve read in years, and it touched me very deeply. How … Continue reading

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The Cruelest Month

The Cruelest Month is the third I’ve read of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series, set in the small village of Three Pines near Montreal. In this book, set on Easter weekend, a psychic happens to be visiting the village on … Continue reading

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