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Pursuing Elsewhere: Ali Smith’s Public Library

Smith, Ali. Public Library and Other Stories. Hamish Hamilton, 2015. If you are a reader, and I expect you are given that you’re reading this blog, then you are probably intimately acquainted with your local public library. That is to … Continue reading

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Not So Tame? Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl

Tyler, Anne. Vinegar Girl: William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shew Retold.  Hogarth Shakespeare-Vintage. 2016. What has always interested me most about The Taming of the Shrew is that it is a play within a play, a fact that I … Continue reading

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A Not So Quiet Life: Hermione Lee’s Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

Lee, Hermione. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Chatto, 2013. I have always thought that the changing tone of Punch in the fifties and sixties and its demise in 1992 serves as a kind of metaphor for the disappearance of the England … Continue reading

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Confronting The Down Climb: Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life

Seethaler, Robert. Trans. Charlotte Collins. A Whole Life. [Munich: Hanser Berlin, 2014] Toronto: Anansi, 2015. At only 149 pages, A Whole Life can hardly be classified as a novel. It is, however, a somewhat disturbing work covering as it does … 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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An Unfinished Journey: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

Whitehead, Colson. The Underground Railroad. Toronto: Doubleday, 2016. This is an extremely disturbing novel for several reasons. First is its subject matter and second is what Whitehead does with his story. The Underground Railroad is more than merely the tale of one … Continue reading

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A Prophetic Soul? Ian McEwan’s Nutshell

McEwan, Ian. Nutshell. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2016. This is one of McEwan’s short books. It is a very clever and witty book indeed, but I’m not sure I enjoyed it as much as others have. I found it too self-consciously … Continue reading

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