Category Archives: Classics

Norse Mythology

If you count The Sagas of Icelanders, which you might or might not, this is the fourth work of Norse mythology I’ve reviewed on this blog! It practically deserves its own tag! I’m obviously drawn to this kind of literature … Continue reading

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Martin Chuzzlewit

The only thing I knew about Martin Chuzzlewit before going into it was that it was “the one where the main character goes to America.” Well, that’s true. But there is quite a bit more to this novel, which apparently … Continue reading

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The Prime Minister

Teresa and I have been slowly making our way through Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels, and The Prime Minister is the fifth. This book splits itself into two threads, which brush each other but don’t influence each other heavily. One is … Continue reading

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The Call of the Wild

My daughter had some summer reading to do for her English class next year. She had to choose a “classic,” so she picked The Call of the Wild, by Jack London. I had actually never read it, nor anything else … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda is the fifth of George Eliot’s novels that I’ve read, and the first that I found to be really slow reading. I don’t know whether it was my mood or the weather or the news cycle, but I … Continue reading

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The Three Musketeers

This 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas, set in the early 17th century, is one of those books that I knew a little something about just from osmosis: France, swordplay, plots, All for One and One for All. The story is, … Continue reading

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Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin is a classic horror novel about a young couple, a dream apartment, and a whole slew of witches (Maybe? Probably.) The film version is perhaps even more famous than the novel. I saw it years … Continue reading

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Man and Wife

I’m on record as being a massive Wilkie Collins fan. I love his sensationalist prose and his twists and turns and especially his unctuous villains. The books I’ve read of his (six so far) have all been complete hoots. But … Continue reading

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Oblomov

This 19th-century novel by Ivan Goncharov spends its first hundred and fifty pages establishing its main character, Oblomov. Who is this man, and why is he the way he is? It seemed to me at first an excruciatingly slow way … Continue reading

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Ruth

I’ve read several of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels, and thought all of them were quite spectacularly good (North and South, Wives and Daughters, Cranford.) So I was expecting a pleasure when I picked up Ruth, her second novel. Was I ever … Continue reading

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