Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is a classic piece of English literature. Its literary merit is well known, but does that make it a successful choice for your book club? 458 more words
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Friedrich Gerstäcker’s Australia: A German traveller in the Age of Gold was first published in its original German, as Australien, in 1854. Gerstäcker did prepare, at that time, an English language version of his travels, but the section on Australia, at least, was much shorter than his German edition, and is all English readers have been able to access – until now. 1,475 more words
I’ve had Louise Mack’s debut novel, The world is round, on my TBR for about 20 years. Published in 1896, when she was 26 years old, it’s a fairly straightforward tragicomedy about a young well-to-do 21-year-old girl, Jean, who aspires to be a writer, and the two men who love her, the 30-plus-year-old self-confident, successful lawyer-and-writer Musgrave, and the around-25-year-old, shy and financially struggling Harrison. 1,292 more words
For the final week of 2016 I’m reviewing two short works by two larger than life female writers.
Although both books seem completely different (one is a modern 20th century romance while the other is a book of short works from the 19th century), they are powerful works that explore common themes of love and loss, grief and rage, and hurt and healing. 1,336 more words