Tag Archives: Novel

Theme and Variation: Julian Barnes’ The Noise of Time

Barnes, Julian. The Noise of Time. Random House Canada, 2016. This, too, was a novel I borrowed from the library and which had to be returned. It’s not a particularly long book and is, as is often the case with Barnes’ work, … Continue reading

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Beyond Time and Place. Pat Barker’s Another World

Barker, Pat. Another World. Farrar, 1998. One of the pleasures of a library in comparison with a bookstore tends to be the fact that the library has books that were published some time ago. Check out your local bookstore and, … Continue reading

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Singing in a not so minor key: Jennifer Ryan’s The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Ryan, Jennifer. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. Broadway Books, 2017.  How best to describe this book? That is a hard question to answer. It’s a very good read, something of a page-turner and other clichés. But it’s much more than that because … Continue reading

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“A Mysterious Buzz.” Fatal Leaps in Bradley Somer’s Fishbowl.

Somer, Bradley. Fishbowl. St. Martin’s, 2015. This novel, (is it a novel?) is the not so tragic story of Ian the goldfish who takes a “perilous plunge from his bowl on the twenty-seventh floor balcony” (5) of an apartment building, … Continue reading

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The “Better Spirit”?: Vita Sackville-West’s All Passion Spent

Sackville-West, Vita. All Passion Spent. [Hogarth, 1931] Introd. Victoria Glendinning. Virago 1983. All Passion Spent may well be Vita Sackville-West’s best-known work. I can’t lay claim to any familiarity with her work, so I could be wrong, but I have a nagging … Continue reading

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Return to Dead End Streets. Pat Barker’s the Century’s Daughter

Barker, Pat. The Century’s Daughter. Virago, 1986. Almost four years ago, I included a review of Pat Barker’s first novel Union Street in my post “Rambles in Dead End Streets.” Today, I’m considering her third novel. The copy I have from … Continue reading

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Beyond Mourning: Helen Humphreys’ Coventry

Humphreys, Helen. Coventry. HarperCollins, 2008. If you read the brief history of Coventry Cathedral on the Cathedral’s own website, http://www.coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite/our-history/  you may gain some idea of what Coventry cathedral stands for. To my parents’ generation of English people, rebuilding of Coventry … Continue reading

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