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REVIEW: The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck

Forty-two miles below San Ysidro, on a great north-south highway in California, there is a crossroad which for eighty-odd years has been called Rebel Corners. 931 more words

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Classics Club Challenge #2: Emma

Emma by Jane Austen
originally published in December 1815 in three volumes by John Murray (which is now owned by Hachette UK)
dedicated to the Prince Regent, by his own suggestion… 1,970 more words


REVIEW: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog’s blanket and the tea-cosy.  737 more words

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Classics Club Challenge #1: Little Men

Little Men
by Louisa May Alcott
originally published in 1871 by Robert Brothers, later bought by Little, Brown
(thus the caption “From the Original Publisher”) 1,068 more words


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Originally published: 1952
This is a middle shelf book.

I have created a new category for rating books that I’ve read purely for this one: the middle shelf. 450 more words

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REVIEW: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (reread)

On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York. 

“When the Countess Ellen Olenska returns from Europe, fleeing her brutish husband, her rebellious independence and passionate awareness of life stir the educated sensitivity of Newland Archer, already engaged to be married to her cousin May Welland, “that terrifying product of the social system he belonged to and believed in, the young girl who knew nothing and expected everything.” As the consequent drama unfolds, Edith Wharton’s sharp ironic wit and Jamesian mastery of form create a disturbingly accurate picture of men and women caught in a society that denies humanity while desperately defending ‘civilization.’” 911 more words

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