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I like Shakespeare, the romantic poets, the Victorian poets, modernists, middle-brow novelists and many kinds of murder mysteries and intriguing non-fiction books.

My favorite novelists are Austen, Trollope, Dickins, Eliot, Wharton, Pym, Iris Murdoch, and Elizabeth Taylor. I also like most of the great Russian novelists and just about anything that remains from the days of the doughty old widow at Windsor.

Please feel free to friend me if you take literature seriously and if you don't require the supernatural in your literature. I will not and cannot read books about vampires or werewolves or mermaids or unicorns or trips to Mars or excursions to Atlantis with a ghostly sherpa.


Average rating: 3.87 · 244 ratings · 30 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
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Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell
Shirley
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At least ten years ago I read Merrell's "A Member of the Family" and found it memorable and haunting. I knew that there were negative reviews: Merrell dealt with a contentious issue but I was convinced that the novel was fiction and I remembered and...more
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This predictable book is like an uneventful summer's day or little or no moment. It's an easy read like a fresh cup of still water and requires no mental discipline or engagement. Unadventurous and bland, it's a great choice for flying or travel. I l...more
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The Life of Objects
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This book is much less than the sum of its parts, in my opinion, which is a shame because the parts are potentially dazzling. I wanted to learn more about the many characters and the "objects" they possess or lose.

The book is like life in that it is...more
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" Do we own our things or do they own us? This is a common question for those that struggle with the possession of material goods. Readers will find themselves reflecting on this as they read The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore. Opening in Ireland,... " Read more of this review »
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I’m not quite sure what to make of this book. As always Susanna Moore gives us some wonderful prose. I read several of her early books when they were first published, then drifted away from her work. There’s something vaguely unsatisfying a... " Read more of this review »
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“Jane Austen has taught me to view the ridiculous and rude with amusement rather than disdain.”
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I hope you'll appreciate that if we just start deleting ratings whenever we feel like it, that we've gone down a censorship road that doesn't take us to a good place.”
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