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Book Review: The Comedians

The Comedians, by Graham Greene Spoiler alert:  it’s not very funny.  This book carries on the Graham Greene tradition [1] of writing “entertainments” that are not very entertaining.  This is clearly a work of late Greene writing, and if one … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ministry Of Fear

The Ministry Of Fear, by Graham Greene Sometimes even the entertainments of Graham Green are gloomy and morbid, and such is the case here. Few people would consider this to be among Greene’s great books, although even an ordinary book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The House Of The Dead, Or Prison Life In Siberia

The House Of The Dead, Or Prison Life In Siberia, by Fyodor Dostoevsky It is a truism, even perhaps a cliche, that people should write about what they know.  And before Dostoevsky was a celebrated Russian writer whose novels continue … Continue reading

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Book Review: Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt, by Graham Greene This may certainly be a late novel by Graham Greene, but it is equally certainly an enjoyable novel to read and one that can charitably be called Nathanish.  Greene wrote many novels that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The End Of The Affair

The End Of The Affair, by Graham Greene Although my thoughts on adultery are rather pointed [1], this is a book that manages to be deeply worthwhile in large part because of its unceasing honesty about the people at its … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Emma

Emma, by Jane Austen, read by Victoria Morgan I must admit that although I am deeply fond of Jane Austen [1], that Emma is my least favorite of her six main novels.  Figuring out why is a bit trickier, and … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen, read by Wanda McCaddon As someone who has both repeatedly read and listened to [1] Jane Austen’s novels, one might wonder what one gets out of an experience like this one.  Sense & Sensibility … Continue reading

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Book Review: Orient Express

Orient Express, by Graham Greene The entertainment novels of Graham Greene are an intriguing lot, and this one may be the most cinematic of them all.  To be sure, this novel is not without its controversy, not least because it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Quiet American

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene This is the book where Graham Greene makes his anti-American feeling all too obvious, alas, to be comfortable to those who are genuinely patriotic.  This book is the sort of book that is most … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Longbourn

Longbourn:  A Novel, by Jo Baker This is an example of a novel that could only be written in our own contemporary age.  For a considerable amount of time there have been novels that are based on Jane Austen’s work, … Continue reading

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