Category Archives: classics

The Custom Of The Country by Edith Wharton

“When The Custom of the Country was first published in 1913, it was her ninth novel, and her audiences were eager to read Wharton’s indictment of the American upper class.  They weren’t to be disappointed.  In this novel, we follow the … Continue reading

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Emma by Jane Austen

At this point there isn’t a Jane Austen novel I haven’t already read, but such joys should never be experienced only in the singularity.  So it was with anticipation that I picked up Emma after many years of first experiencing … Continue reading

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The Red One by Jack London

The Red One: Short Story Collection (1918) I wanted to read the first of Four short stories: “The Red One”, because Arthur C. Clarke got the idea of “The Sentinel” (the precursor to “2001”) from it. I wasn’t aware that … Continue reading

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Life Of Pi by Yann Martel

Someday I’m positive I’m going to get asked a trivia question, “Who is Richard Parker?” and I’ll grin with knowing as I proudly assert, “It’s a Bengal tiger who survived 227 days on a life raft, in the Pacific Ocean, … Continue reading

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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

When I was in high school, I discovered a used book store that contained all sorts of literary treasures.  Many of these came from college students looking to sell back their required reading from their English classes, and so I … Continue reading

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Recapitulation by Wallace Stegner

I was first introduced to this wonderful author with his classic, Big Rock Candy Mountain.  The same characters of a boy and his parents continue in this work, as the now grown Bruce Mason, returns home to Salt Lake City … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

So many times, classic novels are identified as such because they broke through some literary barrier.  They are lauded and hailed, and yet, when you read them, you say to yourself:  shouldn’t I be enjoying this?  And so I often … Continue reading

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