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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again

Parmathule, January 31, 2013

The Hobbit and I go way back. I first read it the summer I turned 15, and have been reading it again and again ever since. It is not my favorite of Tolkien’s works; I prefer the more serious and, admittedly, ponderous Lord of the Rings. But this is where it all started, and it’s a wonderful tale of adventure. I read it most recently in anticipation of the premiere of Peter Jackson’s film version. Although I feel Jackson had to be the one to make this film, I will also confess to disappointment that he did not adhere more closely to his source material, which is perfect just the way it is.
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Period Piece (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) by Gwen Raverat

Parmathule, September 15, 2011

Period Piece is an affectionate, and often hilarious, account of life in the large and exceedingly eccentric Darwin clan in turn-of-the-century Cambridge. Written in 1952, it paints a vivid portrait of the childhood and youth of one of Charles Darwin’s granddaughters, artist Gwen Raverat. The idiosyncrasies of the age (the turn of the last century), the social milieu (Cambridge University faculty and students), and her family make for fascinating reading. Raverat's illustrations are icing on the cake.
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The Road (Vintage International) by Cormac Mccarthy
The Road (Vintage International)

Parmathule, January 31, 2011

The positive reviews I read of this book beforehand did not prepare me for the electrifying experience of reading it. I was mesmerized from the start; by the time I had finished, I was emotionally drained. The Road is a masterpiece of understatement and subtlety. Against the backdrop of a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland, McCarthy explores the nature of love and the source of its power. This may sound trite, but the book is anything but.

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