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Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
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The main theme of Coriolanus is not a new one. In fact, Shakespeare had portrayed the fickleness and dangers of rule by the majority in plays as early as Henry VI Part 2, and it was an important theme in Julius Caesar. However, Coriolanus is the firs ...more
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The Golden Treasury by Palgrave, Francis Turner
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It is with some trepidation that I approach my first review of a book of poetry. While I am no hater of poetry, I admit that my preference has always been for prose. One of the advantages of reading Palgrave’s selection of several centuries of Britis ...more
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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
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Perhaps one of the most curious things about H P Lovecraft is his association with Cthulhu, a fictional creation that is perhaps more well-known than the man who created this malign god-like being. Indeed, many of his stories are classified as part o ...more
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Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
" Ali wrote: "hmm... I don't know if that means he has really done anything wrong. she could just be nervy and distraught because she's dying. Could jus ...more "
The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen
" David wrote: "This is the second Ibsen play that I have read where the idea of marriage is questioned and that it is not generally 'happily ever after ...more "
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Pericles by William Shakespeare
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The arrival of Pericles heralds a shift in tone in Shakespeare’s works. After a long period of mostly writing tragedies, Shakespeare is now apart to embark on the so-called tragicomedies or romances that effectively conclude his writing as a dramatis ...more
The Holcroft Covenant by Robert Ludlum
" A wrote: "The basic premise of the book is absurd and never adequately explained there's a vast sum of nazi funds (=crime proceeds) to be used for com ...more "
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Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
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For never was there a play of so much matter
As this of Antony and his Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is a late Shakespeare play, and an ambitious one that seems to straddle most of the genres that Shakespeare wrote in during his life. It is first and
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The Skeptics Annotated Bible by Steve Wells
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The Skeptics Annotated Bible might be said, if one would forgive so ironic a phrase, to be a godsend for atheists everywhere. It began its existence online, and this is still the best place to use it. However, its compiler, Steve Wells, decided to ta ...more
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Macbeth by William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare’s tragedies often deal with the nature of evil, and none more so than Macbeth where the theme may be said to reach its apotheosis. Indeed, the play’s reputation precedes it to the extent that actors refuse to name the play for fear of bad ...more
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