Category Archives: Reviews

Full-length critiques of new books.

Nathanael West’s “A Cool Million”

I am no optimist. I hold no delusions for the bounty that supposedly will become my future. But it’s hard to read something like A Cool Million and not feel a piece thy realistic self crumble and disintegrate, fall to … Continue reading

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Tim Pat Coogan’s “The Famine Plot:” Could Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy Have Been Prevented?

In 1996, Tony Blair issued the first apology on behalf of the British authorities for the part they played in Ireland’s 1846 through 1851 famine. “That one million people should have died in what was then part of the richest … 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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Gordon Bowker’s “James Joyce: A New Biography”

The publication of Gordon Bowker’s new biography of James Joyce, last year in Great Britain and this year in the United States did not occur on a particularly auspicious date: a fact that might very well have set the famed … Continue reading

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“Joseph Anton:” the memoirs of a writer with a story unlike any other

How does newness come into the world? These are the words of Mr Saladin Chamcha as he, flailing, gasping, tugging and hugging at the air, falls from his severed plane; falling as Lucifer fell from his pinnacle of eminence and … Continue reading

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Lyndsay Faye’s “Dust and Shadow: An account of the Ripper Killings” and “Gods of Gotham” reviews

Few, if any, characters outside the confines of fiction have made such profound impacts on the world of horror and inhumanity as Jack the Ripper. To the cursory reading John Does of the world, the name might bear the image … Continue reading

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Ramona Ausubel’s “No One is Here Except All of Us:” A wordy rendering

In the tradition of Robin Hood and the much more recent “Defiance” (“The Bielski Partisans”), Ramona Ausubel’s latest (and first) novel: “No One Is Here Except All Of Us,” gives readers a story of heroic peasant alacrity. In this case, … Continue reading

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