Tag: Review

The Devil’s Ribbon – Book Review

The two countries had been forged into one, the Act of Union, described in The Times as a “delightful marriage” but viewed by many as nothing less than a rape. Emancipation for Catholics was promised but not given, rebellions were quelled with the gun. The Unionists vaguely talked of Repeal but only by legitimate means. …

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Book and Movie Review

He was a dreamer. Even when he was busiest smoothing down the paste on the wallpaper, or painting the outside of other people’s houses, he would forget what he was doing. Once he had painted three sides of a kitchen green, and the other side yellow. The housewife, instead of being angry and making him …

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The Marriage Plot – Book Review

She used a line from Trollope’s Barchester Towers as an epigraph: “There is no happiness in love, except as the end of an English novel.” Her plan was to begin with Jane Austen. After a brief examination of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility, all comedies, essentially, that ended with weddings, Madeleine was …

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Tides of War – Book Review

Dorothy Yallop pressed her shawl and set the iron down flat on the hearth. Behind her through the window the River Waveney spilled out into the meadows and caught the last of the light from the bleached winter sky. A rising breeze moved through the naked willow branches; snow was on the way from the …

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The Taste of Salt – Book Review

I have to go on from where I am. That’s why I don’t look back. That’s why I put it all behind me, put them all behind me, my family. They live in Cleveland. They don’t understand about the ocean. And that means they don’t understand about me. – from The Taste of Salt, page …

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The Kitchen House – Book Review

What the color is, who the daddy be, who the mama is don’t mean nothin’. We a family, carin’ for each other. Family make us strong in times of trouble. We all stick together, help each other out. That the real meanin’ of family. – from The Kitchen House, page 160 – Lavinia is only …

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Schoolgirl – Book Review

We have a vague notion of the best place we should go, or the beautiful places we should like to see, or the kinds of places that would make us grow as a person. We yearn for a good life. We have real hopes and ambitions. We feel impatient for an unshakable faith that we …

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Little America – Book Review

How good it feels to drive a car you didn’t steal. How good it feels to have a stomach full of food. How good the little breeze, flowing through the cab.  – from Holy Sisters, page 31 – Diane Simmons has given readers a lovely and poignant collection of short stories where characters travel across …

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Love at Absolute Zero – Book Review

He knew the way to find the right person. He should use the same approach that had always served him well: the scientific method. Use the scientific method for love. – from Love at Absolute Zero, page 30 – Gunnar Gunderson is thirty-two years old and has just made tenure. His entire focus has been …

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Solitaria – Book Review

Revisiting my childhood is like standing on the shores of a turbulent sea: achingly beautiful and dangerous – the thunderclap of breakers, the foamlicks of crests, the way swells undulate, graceful as pregnant women, the boil of froth through sand in a rip tide. And I, who never learned to swim, long to submerge myself …

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