Wednesday, June 26, 2013


KeptKept by D.J. Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A clever pastiche of a Victorian novel. Lots of characters to keep track of. Nefarious goings on. Great language and narrative descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“There was dust everywhere: dust on the cracked and rheumy window; dust over the drugget that made shift as Mr. Guyle's carpet; dust on the framed portraits of my lords Eldon, Coke and other luminaries that hung on the wall; and dust, it may be presumed, in the ventricles of Mr. Guyle's ancient legal heart.”

Two lawyers named Mr. Crabbe and Mr. Guyle. Names after Charles Dickens' heart!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Petunias for mojotecho

School's out, as Alice said, and as Bros. Gershwin said, "The livin' is easy."

Monday, June 10, 2013

Jane Austen: An Unrequited Love

Jane Austen: An Unrequited LoveJane Austen: An Unrequited Love by Andrew Norman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An overview of author's life and her works. Not for somebody looking for detailed investigation into tiny nuances of JA work, etc. but more of a big picture of themes, etc. and how they may have related to events in her life.

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