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Teresa de Eugene has commented on (6) products.

Longbourn (Vintage) by Jo Baker
Longbourn (Vintage)

Teresa de Eugene, November 8, 2014

I feared an Upstairs, Downstairs version of Austin's Pride and Prejudice, and, yes, it is a compelling soap opera of that sort. But it's also social history, envisioning what 18th century servants must settle for and what soldiers and other struggling folk must endure to survive. I enjoyed it as a simple love story. Despite Baker's affection for Austen, this also serves as a bit of a reprimand from the future. Jane, what omissions!
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Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
Shadow Tag

Teresa de Eugene, November 8, 2014

There are so many metaphors and analogies at work in this rough, raw book of a failed marriage. Cruelty and the acceptance of it echo in the wife's research on Catlin, painter of American Indians. Shadow tag is a game, but it is also a jealous husband following his wife as she leads him astray, trying to trick him into giving her up. The shadows are also the particle physics of the couple's oldest (genius) son, the daughter who stands behind closed doors and listens, and the dogs who stand faithfully by, trying to keep a sick family safe.
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Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Started Early, Took My Dog

Teresa de Eugene, November 6, 2014

This is a story of murder, lost children, and detectives/police officers with secrets and puzzles and guilts that last decades and inform their present actions. The characters' histories hit and overlap like drops in water, expanding outwards. Their many adventures are connected by lines of famous poems running in an unlikely way through their heads as they do startling things: beat up a dog abuser and adopt the dog, pay a prostitute for her abused child, and dig into long ago murders for the answers they need now.
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Willa Cather's "The Song of the Lark." by Debra L. Cumberland
Willa Cather's

Teresa de Eugene, November 6, 2014

Wow, a book of people and ideas, though not as much a celebration of words as of images: "as she was standing upright in the pool…something flashed through her mind… The stream and the broken pottery: what was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to impress for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself--life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose?" This book is special for its unrepentant feminist and nonconformist heroine, and some supportive men as well. It is about how art making and life are sometimes at odds, though one feeds the other.
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Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
Indian Killer

Teresa de Eugene, July 23, 2014

This is a strange offering from an author who can make me laugh out loud. It has some of the usual self-mocking, ironic characters and voices, but is a dark story of murder, racial hatred and violence (by both Native Americans and whites). Love plays its role, as well��"chaste love between adults, love from adopted parents, etc. Like Spike Lee's movies, this book leaves me not so much challenging but musing over the ethics that drive it. Is it sloppy thinking masquerading as artistic license?
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