A Preview of Middlemarch: It’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

When I went to Goodreads to mark Middlemarch (number 20 on the BBC book list, which I am working my way through) as “read” and to give it five stars (yes, it’s that good), I noticed that most everybody else who had written reviews of the novel felt the same way I did.  Here’s a... Continue Reading →

A Lesson in Forgiveness from The Old Wives’ Tale

The Old Wives’ Tale (1908) by Arnold Bennett is probably a book you’ve never heard of.  I hadn’t heard of it until a few months ago when I came across it at the library.  I checked it out, never got to it, and returned it.  But I found the e-book for free and downloaded it... Continue Reading →

Jude the Obscure and Sock Puppets

I spent the summer of 2007 in a graduate class studying the work of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).  At the time, I hadn’t yet read his work, besides the odd short story, so to immerse myself in his novels proved to be a delight.  His storytelling is rich, Biblical, surprising, and tragic.  So, logically, the thing... Continue Reading →

Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first lines of A Tale of Two Cities are, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” yet I could detect his pleasure at seeing me sprawled out on the couch with that heavy volume balanced on my stomach (281). ... Continue Reading →

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