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Short pages summarising and talking briefly about new or old books.

David Mitchell’s “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”

In an era when novel-writing is falling prey to the demands of a quick-consumerist culture; one that demands two or three or four new books a year from its favourite romance or thriller darlings, the reader cannot help but take … Continue reading

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Henry Fielding’s “Tom Jones”

Commonly regarded as one of the very first novelists (the others being Samuel Richardson and Daniel Defoe), Henry Fielding is a must-read for anyone who is curious as to the ways in which prose may be manipulated to fit the … Continue reading

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William F. Buckley Jr.’s “Spytime”

William F. Buckley Jr. once mentioned in his Paris Review interview, the difficulties with which he is faced when he writes a historical fiction novel. When espionage fiction, already dependent on the variables of suspense and loyalty, has a conclusion … Continue reading

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Vladimir Nabokov’s “The Eye”

What may escape many readers, given the subject matter of the Russian master Vladimir Nabokov, is the fact that his fourth novel: “The Eye,” is a supremely funny as well as haunting work. Following the self-shooting of the narrator: a … Continue reading

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Tim Pat Coogan’s “Wherever Green Is Worn”

After completing Coogan’s ambitious book, the reader will have no doubt that if there were even one clover in the metaphorical haystack, the author would be able to find it, trace its history, and account for its significance. Tim Pat … Continue reading

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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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