Category Archives: classics

The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James

In 19th century high society, much is expected of young ladies and there are few choices for women in general.  They are expected to marry and typically acquiesce to their parent’s wishes.  But American Isabel Archer has a different notion.  … Continue reading

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I can’t recall if I have read this novel before, but as I was reading it this time, my memory brought back the whole story (I’m sure I’ve seen a film version) – so no surprises for me. Dickens is … Continue reading

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Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban

Turtle Diary is Russell Hoban’s study of loneliness, when two middle aged persons discover their mutual fascination with sea turtles, and conspire to free the turtles in the London Zoo. “The essence of it is that they can find something … Continue reading

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Middlemarch by George Eliot

George Eliot tackles the timeless problems of life in a small community in her classic novel Middlemarch.  First off, Eliot tackles young romance and the sometimes misguided approach to marriage.  Dorothea becomes enamored of a much older man, Mr. Casaubon, because he … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I remember reading A Tale of Two Cities while I was still in high school.  There was a used bookstore local college students regularly purchased and sold their books.  My friends and I were regulars there, and I loved poring through … Continue reading

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein: The Original 1818 ‘Uncensored’ Edition I saw “The New Annotated Frankenstein” and read some excerpts. I was interested to learn there was an earlier version that was different from the version I owned: Mary Shelley’s original 1818 text. I … Continue reading

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The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene

Set in the 1930’s in a remote section of Mexico, Graham Greene’s classic The Power and the Glory tells a tale of two priests:  Padre Jose and “The Whiskey Priest” during a time when the local government has outlawed religion and … Continue reading

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