Monthly Archives: January 2013

In Our Time

In Our Time reflects the mood of an era, the early ’20s. Hemingway follows a central character, Nick, through fragments of his childhood and adulthood, and pieces of wartime that Nick lives through culminating with Nick’s endless solitude in a solo … Continue reading

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Tim Pat Coogan’s “Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland”

At approximately 8 PM, August 22, 1922, the president of the Free State of Ireland Michael Collins was gunned down in the nondescript town of Bael na mBlath, County Cork, Ireland. Not only was this Irish legend killed by his … Continue reading

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Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”

It is a rare treat to be able to see the novel in its first form: stripped of pretense, its diction, and every convention we have come to regard with this form, there is nevertheless something very graceful in its … Continue reading

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Junot Díaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

There are few emerging writers who are able to completely defy literary convention. This is a good thing. Were every new novel written as experimentalist or precedent setting we would have no firm notion of what the avant-garde really is. … Continue reading

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Les Miserables: What the Critics got Wrong and Why You can’t Trust Them

Although this blog has been dedicated towards the production of literary criticism and articles on literary trends, I feel it necessary to address the film Les Miserables, if for no better reason than to save the film from the shallow … Continue reading

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Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Having seen this title grace nearly every Modern Library or Time’s list of Top 100 Novels, I was surprised that it took so long for me to finally get around to reading it. I am, of course, very glad that … Continue reading

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Are Musicals Reviewed By Ignoramuses?

Originally posted on Ethics Alarms:
OK, but Stephen: compared to you, everyone is an ignoramus! Stephen Sondheim completed his personal memoirs about his career in American musicals more than a year ago, but they are so thoughtful, detailed and dense…

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