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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

I first read Lolita when I was much younger – before I was married, in fact.  Vladimir Nabokov is such an amazing novelist that I wanted to read it again, but I was reluctant.  Lolita is, after all, the story … Continue reading

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

When it was first published in 1899, The Awakening was a shocking look at how society treats female infidelity.  The novel was a door-opener, and as is oftentimes the case, it is difficult to read such novels and understand, in … Continue reading

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The House Of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Little did I suspect that a 19th century author held the capacity to tug at my heart!  By the time I neared the end of Wharton’s tragic social commentary entitled The House of Mirth, I had used half a box … Continue reading

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Anthem by Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s Anthem is the story of a young man, Equality-2521, who lives in a totalitarian, collectivist society. Reading and writing are banned, being alone is banned, thinking is banned. The government controls the lives of it’s subjects by keeping … Continue reading

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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

A classic thriller, My Cousin Rachel, opens with a confession.  Phillip, the heir to Ambrose Ashley’s estate, was raised by this man whom he loves more than anyone in the world.  When Ambrose suddenly marries cousin Rachel in a trip … Continue reading

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Wow!  This is a novel that I will be thinking about for months.  In fact, I really need to read it again.  This book is so full of dramatic foreshadowing, not to mention the parallel storyline with Hamlet, that I … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Entertainment Weekly recently ranked this book #2 on its list of all time greatest books.  I beg to differ. The Great Gatsby reads like a sub-standard Somerset Maugham novel. A good book certainly, but far from a … Continue reading

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