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Book Review: The Poetical Works Of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Poetical Works Of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with a new introduction by Ruth M. Adams Sometimes more is less. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was, as this volume helpfully informs us, a very prolific and beloved poetess during the early Victorian era … Continue reading

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Book Review: Children Of Earth And Sky

Children Of Earth And Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay In many ways this is a deeply interesting novel, and it illustrates the author openly seeking to pursue a variety of agendas.  Some of these agendas are ones I can wholeheartedly … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Brightness Long Ago

A Brightness Long Ago, by Guy Gavriel Kay This book is clearly part of a larger set of novels.  Although this is the first of the novels by the author that I have read that has focused in his fictionalized … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Leopard

The Leopard, by Guiseppe di Lampedusa, translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun As someone who has an interest in the history of Sicily, I found this particular novel to be a stellar and deeply enjoyable example of a historical … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3

Great Courses: How To Listen To And Understand Opera: Part 3, instructed by Professor Robert Greenberg In most of the courses I have listened to in this particular professor’s series, all of which deal with music in the Western concert … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sailing From Byzantium

Sailing From Byzantium:  How A Lost Empire Shaped The World, by Colin Wells I don’t know where I became someone who reads a lot of books on Byzantium, but there are a lot of books on that medieval society [1], … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sicily: Three Thousand Years Of Human History

Sicily:  Three Thousand Years Of Human History, by Sandra Benjamin One of the advantages of reading several books about the same subject is that one gets to see the characteristic biases of the people who write the books.  When it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sicily

Sicily:  An Island At The Crossroads Of History, by John Julius Norwich In this book the author captures the melancholy of Sicilian history.  What is it that makes an area of sunshine and agricultural wealth (at least from the time … Continue reading

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Book Review: La Cosa Nostra

La Cosa Nostra:  A History Of The Sicilian Mafia, by John Dickie This particular book is a history of the mafia and its parasitic relationship with the Italian state that was constructed from the 1860’s onward, demonstrating that far from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Extra Virginity

Extra Virginity:  The Sublime And Scandalous World Of Olive Oil, by Tom Mueller To what extent should olive oil be treated like wine?  I consider myself in general a fan of olive oil, someone who appreciates using it as part … Continue reading

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