Monthly Archives: August 2014

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha — Roddy Doyle

I started this post ready to jump straight into a discussion of the book but while doing a little bit of background research I stumbled upon a surprising (at least to me) fact. In the 44 years of the Booker … Continue reading

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James Madison — Richard Brookhiser

Madison and Jefferson make for an interesting comparison. Both were native Virginians and scholarly in their approach, which probably contributed to their long-term association with each other. Neither was a particularly good public speaker, and between the two of them, … Continue reading

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Reading in the Dark — Seamus Deane

Reading in the Dark is Seamus Deane’s first and only novel and reveals much about his background as a poet and academic: it is highly lyrical in tone and appears to be more a memoir than a work of fiction, … Continue reading

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Alias Grace — Margaret Atwood

I had never read any Atwood before coming to Alias Grace although I had been told by many people that I should. She is a writer of whom I have been aware for some long time but simply never got … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power — Jon Meacham

This is the third of five biographies of Founding Fathers that I shall read and I am now feeling well-versed on the period during the Revolutionary War! It is therefore impressive that Meacham was able to cover that period while … Continue reading

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10 Underrated Things I Love About English Literature

My fiancée has been contributing recently to a project called “10 Things I Love About My Country”, the idea being that she and two other bloggers identify 10 (or so) examples of things they love from their countries (USA, England … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary — Colm Tóibín

As one walks through the San Polo sestiere of Venice heading south-west, it would be hard to miss a large brick church looming over the area. The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is sizeable but deceptively plain for … Continue reading

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