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The Promethean Legacy: Harari’s Sapiens

Harari. Yuval Noah. Sapiens. A Brief History of Human Kind. [Kinneret 2011] Trans. Yuval Noah Harari. Toronto: Signal-McClelland & Stewart, 2014. Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the planet and of the survival of humankind upon it, … 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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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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Deus Redux? Terry Eagleton’s Culture and the Death of God

Eagleton, Terry. Culture and the Death of God. 2014. London: Yale UP, 2015. If you are a regular visitor to my posts, you will know that I have a certain fondness for the writing of Terry Eagleton. Impatient to get … Continue reading

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To Orléans and Beyond: Nancy Goldstone’s The Maid and the Queen

Goldstone, Nancy. The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2012. My last post covered a book about the people intensely concerned with bringing an end to the Second World War. This post … Continue reading

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Beyond Silence: Sinclair McKay’s The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park

McKay, Sinclair. The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park [The Secret Life of Bletchley Park. London: Aurum 2010] New York: Penguin-Plume, 2012. Now, if one says the word “Bletchley,” most … Continue reading

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Entangled Tales: Iain Pears’ Arcadia

Pears, Iain. Arcadia. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2015. Imagine, if you will C. S. Lewis, H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Neal Stephenson collaborating on a novel under the direction of Shakespeare. Sir Philip Sidney drops in for a quick chat, … Continue reading

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