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David Mitchell’s “The Jesuits: A History”

“ ‘Religion is the most dangerous thing in the world. It is not little girls in their communion frocks and silly holy pictures and the Children of Mary. It is,’ he said, ‘high explosive, dynamite, the,’ he smiled at the … Continue reading

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Matthew Lewis’s “The Monk”

“At this writing,” Stephen King said of “The Monk,” “the book is over two hundred years old and still explosive.”  Explosive in the terms of lurid and grotesque content, certainly. Matthew Lewis’s first novel, published in 1796 when its author … Continue reading

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Honore de Balzac’s “Seraphita”

Where does one even begin when diving into one of the 19th century’s greatest literary composers? Honore de Balzac, with his prestigious name and astounding literary oeuvre, certainly does not make the task easy: that being said, simply choosing a … Continue reading

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