Tag Archives: Morality

State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Right off the bat, this book had two strikes against it before I even opened the cover.  First, it takes place in South America, and my record of finding any novel with that setting engaging was next to zero.  Second, … 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 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tillburg Clark

I chose this book as my Nevada pick for the 52 Books Around the USA Book Challenge.  Clark’s classic novel is a look at the morality of justice through the eyes of a mob.  In the opening chapter, word gets … Continue reading

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The opening lines of Mansfield Park relate the good fortune of Miss Maria Ward, who, with only seven thousand pounds, has snagged herself a wealthy member of the peerage.  As can be imagined, Miss Ward’s family now attempts to use … Continue reading

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Don’t Vote by P.J. O’Rourke

The theme in “Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages The Bastards”, if there is one: “Political science, if there were anything remotely scientific about it, would be searching for a cure… The only answer to politics is to reduce its power … Continue reading

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