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Cormac McCarthy: The Road

In anticipation of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, I thought it might be nice to look a few past winners (by the way, don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a $75 gift certificate for books from KevinfromCanada by picking this year’s Pulitzer).  I first read The Road (2006; Pulitzer) shortly after…

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Philip Roth: The Human Stain

After finishing I Married a Communist—which I didn’t like—I didn’t know how long it’d be before I gained the courage to read the next book in Roth’s America trilogy, The Human Stain (2000; PEN/Faulkner).  But I did know that for many The Human Stain is Roth’s best book.  And unlike I Married…

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Technical Forum

Yesterday KevinfromCanada pointed out that my blog runs slowly and that when you post comments they sometimes don’t appear for a long time.  I’m hoping to remedy the problems and make this site if not perfect at least less frustrating to access.  So, if you have experienced any difficulties on…

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Henry James: The Turn of the Screw

Henry James pops up everywhere I look.  So many of my favorite (and many of my not-so-favorite) writers reach back to him, not only in their writing style but explicitly in their prose.  Also, last year in my post on Patrick McGrath’s Asylum many people recommended I read Henry James if…

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George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four

I finally did it!  After seeing that I could order one of the new Penguin Modern Classics editions from The Book Depository (free international shipping) for even cheaper (despite exchange rate) than I could on Amazon (free two-day shipping for Prime Members; highly recommended), I finally possess what I’ve been pining for.  I have…

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Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence

It’s sad that we regard many classic novels as stuffy things of the past.  There are several I’m still afraid of reading (Portrait of a Lady comes to mind) for fear of getting lost in a month-long haze of reading.  I’m sure some of the fault lies in the way these novels are presented in…

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J.L. Carr: A Month in the Country

Trevor reviews J.L. Carr’s 1980 novel, A Month in the Country. Read the full post.

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Kevin Vennemann: Close to Jedenew

Trevor reviews Keven Vennemann’s 2008 novella, Close to Jedenew. Read the full post.