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The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies
" Robertson Davies is the show-off. Sometimes just too precious and pretentious. "
The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies
"This book really petered out for me. I loved What's Bred in the Bone, another one of the Cornish trilogy, but this I just grew impatient with. Perhaps I read it over too long a time, although that might also be because it never really engaged me.."
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A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
" Another lovely, lovely review. Stay warm. "
Maria and 4 other people liked James Murphy's review of An Unnecessary Woman:
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
"In this meditative, philosophical work, an old woman sits in her Beirut apartment remembering her city and her life, especially her reading life. She also translates favorite works into Arabic and stores them in boxes in the maid's bathroom of the..." Read more of this review »
Dispelling the Darkness by John van Wyhe
" Short and sweet. "
Dispelling the Darkness by John van Wyhe
"Not sure what my problem was with this book: the subject matter was right up my alley, but I found the book's style to be just plodding and choppy. The badly formatted Kindle version didn't help, either."
Russian Tattoo by Elena Gorokhova
" Barbara, this is such a wonderful review. Elena Gorokhova writes extremely well in her new language, doesn't she? I'm making it my business to shovel ...more"
Maria and 5 other people liked Barbara's review of Russian Tattoo: A Memoir:
Russian Tattoo by Elena Gorokhova
"I am still unsure whether to rate this book 4 or 5 stars. I certainly enjoyed reading this memoir and have tremendous respect for Gorokhova.

Approximately 15 years ago, my first ESL students arrived on American shores from Russia. It had taken them..." Read more of this review »
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“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”
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“Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”
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