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Book Review: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Title: The Decameron Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Translator: Guido Waldman Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1353) Genre: Classics / Novellas Summary: In a country villa outside the city, ten young noble men and women who have escaped the plague decide to tell each other stories. Boccaccio’s skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in this virtuoso performance of one hundred… Continue reading Book Review: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

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Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Penguin Date: 2017 (1952) Genre: Classics / Historical Fiction Summary: California’s fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the… Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Title: The Pillow Book Author: Sei Shōnagon Translator: Meredith McKinney Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 2006 (c.1002) Genre: Classics / Non-fiction Summary: Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shōnagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined… Continue reading Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

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Book Review: The Poetic Edda (Translated by Carolyne Larrington)

Title: Poetic Edda Translator: Carolyne Larrington Publisher: Oxford Univerity Press Date: 2014 (c.985) Genre: Poetry / Mythology Summary: She sees, coming up a second time, Earth from the ocean, eternally green the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them, over the mountain hunting fish. After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and… Continue reading Book Review: The Poetic Edda (Translated by Carolyne Larrington)

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Book Review: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Title: The Complete Poems Author: Emily Dickinson Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Date: 1976 (c.1890) Genre: Poetry Summary: Only eleven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published prior to her death in 1886; the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime. Early posthumously published collections-some of them featuring liberally “edited” versions of the poems-did not… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 4)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 4)

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 3)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 3)

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Book Review: The Plague by Albert Camus

Title: The Plague Author: Albert Camus Publisher: Penguin Date: 1998 (1947) Genre: Classics / Philosophical Literature Summary: A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror, of survival and resilience, and of the ways in which humankind confronts death, The Plague is at once a masterfully crafted novel, eloquently understated and epic in scope, and a parable of ageless moral resonance, profoundly relevant… Continue reading Book Review: The Plague by Albert Camus

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Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 2)

Title: The Complete Stories Author: Flannery O’Connor Publisher: Faber and Faber Date: 2009 (c.1950s) Genre: Southern Gothic / Christian Realism Summary: This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century. Including A Good Man is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, this collection also contains several stories only available… Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor (Part 2)

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Book Review: The Odyssey by Homer (Translated by Emily Wilson)

Title: The Odyssey Author: Homer Translator: Emily Wilson Publisher: W. W. Norton Company Date: 2018 (c.750 BC) Genre: Classics / Poetry / Mythology Summary: Composed at the rosy-fingered dawn of world literature almost three millennia ago, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage… Continue reading Book Review: The Odyssey by Homer (Translated by Emily Wilson)