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Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
Those starting to read P. G. Wodehouse should start with this novel, which is sometimes called BRINKLEY MANOR. It is the immediate predecessor to Wode ...more
Dec 1972
Jun 11, 2007
Moll Flanders
This, of course, was called an actual memoir when it was published. Today's novelists should take note: The first novels definitely were meant to dece ...more
Feb 1981
Jul 05, 2007
Raintree County
This gets a mention (or two or three) in Thomas Mallon's excellent novel about the year 1948, DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN. I've read bits and pieces of RAINT ...more
Apr 1989
Jul 04, 2007
We Disappear
In my view, Scott Heim's three novels form a triptych. MYSTERIOUS SKIN, IN AWE and WE DISAPPEAR are not connected, but they are variations on a theme. ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 06, 2008
Mysterious Skin
I first noticed this book in my local library shortly after it was published. At the time it had the photograph of Froot Loops cereal on the cover. I ...more
Jan 1995
Jun 05, 2007
Doctor Faustus (Everyman's Classics, #80)
I read the translation by H. T. Lowe-Porter. She worked with Thomas Mann. I think she captures his tone better than later translators. Then again, I d ...more
Jan 1980
Jun 05, 2007
Great Expectations
SPOILER ALERT. Stop reading if you don't want crucial details revealed. (And I reveal stuff about another novel here, DAVID COPPERFIELD. So, be warned ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Ralph the Heir
I absolutely loved this novel about a very hesitant young man. If Wodehouse's character Bertie Wooster were three-dimensional instead of the two-dimen ...more
May 1987
Jun 11, 2007
The Catcher in the Rye
I read this when I was in ninth grade. I actually like Salinger's NINE STORIES much better, although I think THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is on a par with N ...more
Jan 1975
Jul 04, 2007
Call Me by Your Name
This is one of the most well-written novels I've ever read. Certainly the author has studied Proust. I thought as much as I read it. After finishing I ...more
Feb 2007
Jun 06, 2007
This is the best book about faith or the lack of it I've ever read. The volume pictured has the translation I read.
Barabbas is a New Testament figure.
Feb 1999
Jun 19, 2007
Pizza Face: Or the Hero of Suburbia
I read this when it came out, which was probably a little earlier than the date I've checked, 1992. What sold me on it, besides the fact that I share ...more
Feb 1992
Aug 15, 2007
A Christmas Carol
This novella is so iconic as not to need description. It is Dickens's ultimate work.
Let me say that I think Dickens took something from Dante here. Vi
Dec 1984
Jul 04, 2007
David Copperfield
SPOILERS! I may give away things about this book which you might not want to know until you've read the whole book.
I listened to the audiobook read by
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
The Good Soldier
The critics I've read say this is told by "an unreliable narrator." I disagree. All narrators of novels, especially those who speak in the first perso ...more
Mar 2006
Jun 14, 2007
Christmas Holiday
This is a short novel about time spent between a man who's life will go well and a woman who's life will not. The last sentence is the best last sente ...more
Jul 1983
Jun 19, 2007
Better Angel
[Since writing this review I've found my copy of this. I was right that the author, who had originally written it under a pseudonym, lived to acknowle ...more
Mar 1998
Jul 06, 2007
Jimmy Dean Prepares
This is a novel which presents the inner life of James Dean. It focuses largely on Dean's artistic sincerity. We see he is ambitious. We see he is ico ...more
Feb 2006
Jun 11, 2007
The Wanderers
When I was in 9th grade or so, my big brother, who was two years older than I, bought this. I think it was a paperback original. Either way, his editi ...more
Mar 1975
Aug 16, 2007
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Anybody who professes to like this as much as ULYSSES or "The Dead" is secretly afraid of James Joyce.
THE DUBLINERS is in Technicolor, ULYSSES is in T
Feb 1981
Aug 25, 2007
[If my review comes up when you are reading about an abridged version of DRACULA, please bear in mind I am referring ONLY to versions of it which are ...more
Mar 1977
Aug 28, 2007
In the Cherry Tree
This novel, published in 2003, is about a suburban neighborhood in Connecticut. It's set in 1974 and is written in the first person. The narrator is d ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2007
The Twenty-Seventh City
I read this when it came out, which was at some point in the late eighties or early nineties. It was Franzen's first novel. It's a subdued thriller; p ...more
Mar 1990
Jun 14, 2007
I've given this three stars instead of four for the simple reason that, as intrigued as I was throughout the book, I must say I'm not sure I understoo ...more
Apr 1999
Jun 21, 2007
Invisible Man
I'm reviewing the audiobook here. Needless to say, this novel, in itself, is one of "the Great American Novels," from a time when "the Great American ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2007
The Scarlet Letter
Very briefly:
The first chapter, "The Custom-House," acts as an introduction, up to a point. The story itself starts at Chapter Two. From Chapter Two o
not set
Jan 15, 2014
The Call of the Wild
London's descriptions of canine behavior make this worth reading. If you've ever watched dogs interact, you'll see that Jack London paid close attenti ...more
not set
May 17, 2014
The Finishing School: A Novel
Craftsmanship of the highest order. It looks sloppy, but it's quite the opposite. This is a fun book for people who have had more than a brush or two ...more
Mar 2004
Aug 05, 2007
Doctor Fischer of Geneva or the Bomb Party
I thought I'd read this when I was about sixteen. But Goodreads says this came out in 1980, when I was twenty. I'm not sure I believe that. In any cas ...more
Dec 1976
Jul 15, 2007
The Spoils of Poynton
This is, perhaps, the single most focused book I've ever read. Henry James can get very involved. (THE TURN OF THE SCREW is an example of that.) He ca ...more
Apr 2005
Jun 14, 2007
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