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Book Review: If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler, by Italo Calvino I might never have read anything by this author had I not seen a blurb for this book in a collection of great books I read over a decade ago.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino This is an odd book, but it’s an odd book in the best possible way.  Set in the past, specifically during the time of Marco Polo and his travels to the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan … Continue reading

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Book Review: Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces:  A Novel Of Cupid And Psyche, by C.S. Lewis This is a complicated piece of late fiction by C.S. Lewis and reading it, it is not surprising that such a nuanced work would be his least … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mr. Palomar

Mr. Palomar, by Italo Calvino Make no mistakes, this is an odd book.  Yet it is an odd book that is very formally structured, and that feels like a connected series of short stories written by someone who particularly enjoyed … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Time Of The Uprooted

The Time Of The Uprooted:  A Novel, by Elie Wiesel Stop me if you’ve heard this story before:  a Jewish widower whose estranged wife committed suicide and whose daughters have entirely rejected him works as a ghostwriter telling the stories … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Gates Of The Forest

The Gates Of The Forest, by Elie Wiesel This book seems pretty much in the wheelhouse of Wisel’s writings if you are familiar with his fictional work as a whole.  If this is your first encounter with one of his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Forgotten

The Forgotten:  A Novel, by Elie Wiesel This novel hit surprisingly close to home, but perhaps it should not be a surprise.  Despite the fact that the novel talks about experiences that are far removed from my own background, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Mad Desire To Dance

A Mad Desire To Dance:  A Novel, by Elie Wiesel When a novelist writes Nathanish characters in multiple novels, one wonders if they are writing characters at least somewhat like themselves as well.  At this point of reading books by … Continue reading

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Book Review: If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?, by Primo Levi This book is something in a bit of a disguise.  The author was an Italian Jew who survived the Holocaust through developing at least some privilege as a result of his chemical expertise, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham It was perhaps inevitable that I would eventually read this book, for at least two reasons.  On the one hand, the book is one that appears often, and has occurred especially often in … Continue reading

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