Tag: 19th century

Sep 07

Book Review: The Orchardist

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin The first thing I noticed about this book is that the author did not use quotations to set off dialog. It made it feel to me as if the novel was silent, underwater, like watching a movie with the sound off. There is dialog, but it’s not in quotes, so …

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Dec 18

Book Review: Tongues of Serpents

Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik I’m still very much enjoying this series, though this book wasn’t as excellent as the last one. It’s still good though, a rollicking adventure with high stakes in an exotic land. Novik presents early nineteenth century Australia as a rough land of rough men, and the countryside as a …

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Mar 18

Book Review: Silver: Return to Treasure Island

Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion There are two kinds of classic novels. One is the kind you’re hit over the head with in high school, (or forced to read it a few years too early, if you went to an aggressively academic school), and as an adult, if you remember the book …

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Nov 15

Book Review: Moby Dick; or, The Whale

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville I find it cunningly ironic when the entire review of a novel can be summed up in a quote from the same novel. So here it is: “the whale would be by all hands considered a noble dish, were there not so much of him; but when you …

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May 17

Book Review: At Home, A Short History of Private Life

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson I have adored quite a few of Bill Bryson’s books, especially In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods, which I found both uproariously funny and full of fascinating anecdotes. I expected to like this one just as much, and got the …

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