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Not the Whole Story: More thoughts on Frances Hodgson Burnett

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess; Being the Whole Story of Sara Crewe Now Told for the First Time. Not long ago, I reviewed Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and one of my readers responded with a comment comparing The Secret … Continue reading

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On Missing the Beat: Naivety in Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

Smith, Zadie. Swing Time. Penguin Canada, 2016. Zadie Smith’s White Teeth remains, I think, my favourite of Smith’s novels. At least, I find it the most comic, and Autograph Man perhaps her most clever. Swing Time, despite its title, I found … Continue reading

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A Gentle Illumination: The Stories of Jane Gardam

Gardam, Jane. The Stories of Jane Gardam. New York: Europa 2014. As you know from earlier posts, I do have a certain fondness for Jane Gardam, so when a friend lent me her copy of The Stories of Jane Gardam, … Continue reading

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Catching the Drift: Orhan Pamuk’s Snow

Pamuk, Orhan. Snow. Trans. Maureen Freely. New York: Random-Vintage, 2005. I have to admit that until a friend/colleague/member of my reading group suggested that we should read this novel I had never encountered Pamuk before. By the time I had … Continue reading

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Distant Landscapes of the Mind: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland. Toronto: Borzoi-Knopf Canada, 2013. It’s serendipitous, I suppose, that when one has just finished reading one book by a particular writer, one finds another. I hadn’t read The Lowland when it was first published, so when … Continue reading

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Maps to the Self: Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist

Burton, Jessie. The Miniaturist. [Peebo and Pilgrim 2014] Toronto: Harper   Perennial, 2015. The Miniaturist was Waterstones book of the year for 2014, and attracted highly laudatory reviews, many of which are quoted briefly before the half title page in … Continue reading

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That (Un)Certain Licence: Nostalgia and Anxiety in Ian Fleming’s James Bond

Fleming, Ian. James Bond: The Complete Collection. n.pub. n.d. Not long ago, being stuck ill in bed, I downloaded James Bond: The Complete Collection into my ereader for the low price of $9.99. I was temporarily bedridden, without access to … Continue reading

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