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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445


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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Night Film

hasnul, August 23, 2013

It's rare when a book is so special that you wish you could read it all over again for the first time and you are not even halfway through it yet. But that's Night Film. It's a book that I firmly believe will be talked about for years. It will have people saying this is their favorite book of all time. It will be criticized because someone always has to criticize a brilliant book just to be different. All the great books have naysayers. I realize I am kind of sticking this book up there on a pedestal right now, but I firmly believe it deserves to be there among the greats. It is THAT good. Absolutely recommended.
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The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
The Light in the Ruins

hasnul, August 23, 2013

I have rarely read novels about the 2nd World War set in Italy. (Bohjalian does recommend other titles at the novel's end.) And this novel, unfortunately is cataloged without a tracing for the war. It is listed as "mystery fiction" "murderers fiction" and "nobility Italy fiction". So, in a library after a year or so, people will not find it easily. That is a real shame because the novel is so much more than the hunt for a serial killer or a mystery. It is an investigation into the impact of the war on ordinary people be they military or civilian. There are no bystanders when the war comes to your back yard.

The Light in the Ruins stayed in my mind even after I finished it. That, to me, is the mark of a good book.
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And Sons by David Gilbert
And Sons

hasnul, August 23, 2013

Author David Gilbert is masterful in his discussion of New York's Upper East Side, displaying that world in sharp relief. And his portrayal of each son is, at times, equally sharp. Their inner worlds and their relationships with their father ��" and each other ��" touch chords found in even the healthiest of relationships.

And Sons will have earned the praise it is bound to draw. It is a wonderful book that, ironically, may well come to define another generation.

Another great read.
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The Infatuations by Javier Marias
The Infatuations

hasnul, August 23, 2013

The Infatuations is as sophisticated as crime fiction can be, managing in its 346 pages to say so much about human nature, with its myriad fragilities, uncertainties and self-deceptions. No wonder Marías is translated into 42 languages; his themes are universal.
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A Night Too Dark: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow
A Night Too Dark: A Kate Shugak Novel

hasnul, August 23, 2013

Reading a Kate Shugak mystery is like going back home to check in with old friends. Dana Stabenow's characters come alive under her literate and beguiling prose. Each book of the series s a stand-alone, but should be read in order since they follow the progression of Kate's life with its real world ups and downs. As in real life, newcomers arrive and not all are welcome and old friends leave to be mourned and missed. While not always essential to the plot, these comings and goings are what lends the feel of reality to Stabenow's books.

It's been a while since I read Ms. Stabenow. Like old friens, we've been apart so long and yet we're able to pick up right where we left off. A Night Too Dark was a good book to come home to. I was won't stray too far or too long again.
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