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The Master Butchers Singing Club R...

The Master Butchers Singing Club – Book Review

Since she had known Eva Waldvogel, and also traveled here and there with Cyprian, she had started to understand how a woman’s attention could succeed in making sense of man’s blind chaos, and yet women needed their own wildness. It was here. All ran riot. The garden and weedy yard would wax fuller until it […]

Chasing the King of Hearts – Bo...

Chasing the King of Hearts – Book Review

If she hadn’t visited Mateusz (she wanted to warn him that the vice squad would be enquiring about her), she wouldn’t have learnt that the postman had been there. That he had delivered a letter. That her husband was asking for food. And that he had sent a new address. Mauthausen, Block AKZ. In short, […]

2013 Armchair BEA – Introductio...

2013 Armchair BEA – Introductions and Classics

Welcome to Day #1 of the Armchair BEA! Today marks the beginning of an exciting week here on the Internet and in New York City where the BEA is in full swing. For those of us who are not able to be in New York this week, we are very thankful to the good people […]

Lord of the Flies – Book Review

Lord of the Flies – Book Review

Some were naked and carrying their clothes; others half-naked, or more or less dressed, in school uniforms, grey, blue, fawn, jacketed, or jerseyed. There were badges, mottoes even, stripes of color in stockings and pullovers. Their heads clustered above the trunks in the green shade; heads brown, fair, black, chestnut, sandy, mouse-colored, heads muttering, whispering, […]

Midsummer Night in the Workhouse: Sto...

Midsummer Night in the Workhouse: Stories – Book Review

Love, she thought. What a tangle. And she danced a few steps at being alone in the quiet street. The branch of a tree reached over a wall above a lamp-post, its leaves still young and fresh, a brilliant theatrical green in the artificial light. Between the lamp-posts the sky reappeared, a deep purple-blue where […]

Herland – Book Review

Herland – Book Review

It makes me laugh, knowing all I do now, to think of us three boys – nothing else; three audacious impertinent boys – butting into an unknown country without any sort of a guard or defense. We seemed to think that if there were men we could fight them, and if there were only women […]

Conversation in the Cathedral –...

Conversation in the Cathedral – DNF

People are collapsed at the base of the monument and around them a dung heap of cigarette butts, peels and paper; on the corner people are storming the run-down buses that become lost in dust clouds as they head to the shantytowns; a policeman is arguing with a street vendor and the faces of both […]

A Doll’s House – Book Rev...

A Doll’s House – Book Review

You have loved me as a wife ought to love her husband. Only you had not sufficient knowledge to judge of the means you used. But do you suppose you are any the less dear to me, because you don’t understand how to act on your own responsibility? No, no; only lean on me; I […]

Bread Givers – Book Review

Bread Givers – Book Review

More and more I began to think inside myself, I didn’t want to sell herring for the rest of my days. I want to learn something. I want to do something. I want some day to make myself for a person and come among people. – from Bread Givers, page 66 – Sara Smolinsky lives […]

The Warden – Book Review for Cl...

The Warden – Book Review for Classics Circuit

What right had he to say that John Hiram’s will was not fairly carried out? But then the question would arise within his heart, – Was that will fairly acted on? Did John Hiram mean that the warden of his hospital should receive considerably more out of the legacy than all the twelve old men […]

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