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Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity
4.11
did not like it
The arrogant musings of a left-wing social philosopher who essentially divides people into three categories: dumb bunnies, common-sensers, and people ...more
May 2010
Jun 28, 2011
 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I: CIG to World War I, The
3.78
liked it
I know, who would admit to buying a "Complete Idiot’s" guide to anything? Not that there aren’t plenty of subjects for which I’d need a complete idiot ...more
Oct 2008
Dec 02, 2008
 
Dracula
3.98
liked it
While nothing will help me understand the mania for vampires, at least this book was genuinely creepy...creepy enough that I had to make a classmate w ...more
Nov 2010
Aug 01, 2011
 
Regeneration (Regeneration #1)
4.03
it was amazing
For me, this first book in Pat Barker’s trilogy presents a perfect storm of interests — World War I, English poets, and madness. Incorporating actual ...more
Jan 1999
Aug 21, 2008
 
Death at the Alma Mater (St. Just Mystery #3)
3.60
it was ok
Another funny mystery, though not nearly as good as the previous two. This time the murder takes place at the fictional St. Michael’s College, Cambrid ...more
May 2011
Jul 26, 2011
 
The Poisonwood Bible
4.02
really liked it
If you think life can’t get worse than being stuck in the middle of the jungle in Belgian Congo with an abusive Baptist missionary father whose brand ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2008
 
Where Angels Fear to Tread
3.61
liked it
**spoiler alert** Cultures collide in Forster’s first novel, which reads in many ways like a thematic rough draft of A Room With a View (in fact sever ...more
not set
May 15, 2008
 
The Thirteenth Tale
3.95
liked it
A famous author — the fabulously named Vida Winters — chooses an obscure biographer to write her life story. The trouble is, Winters has given journal ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 12, 2008
 
Jane Austen: A Companion
3.63
really liked it
Vastly entertaining and informative context for Jane’s works, and super helpful if you don’t know much about either her life or the period. By far my ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Bees
4.01
liked it
Both charming and touching, with some laugh out loud moments. Usual Southern line-up of eccentrics, protective black women, and racist white men, but ...more
Feb 2008
Apr 12, 2008
 
Northanger Abbey
3.80
it was amazing
Northanger Abbey’s style isn’t as polished as other novels, but the story is a kick. “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, s ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
Jane Austen: A Life
3.98
really liked it
Generally regarded as one of the best biographies, it focuses heavily on Jane’s family, connections, and time period. Not as quick and easy a read as ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
Footsteps in the Dark
3.71
liked it
Not my favorite, but still witty. Three adult siblings inherit a rambling old house called The Priory, which has a reputation for being haunted. At fi ...more
Jun 2007
Feb 27, 2009
 
The Poetry of Shell Shock: Wartime Trauma and Healing in Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and Siegfried Sassoon
3.86
it was amazing
This is an intensely interesting examination of the poetry and psychological treatment of three Great War poets – Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and ...more
Nov 2010
Jan 31, 2011
 
The Skeleton in the Grass
3.65
really liked it
More social commentary than mystery, this is a short, intriguing portrait of life between the wars. Sarah Causeley comes to Hallam Park to be a govern ...more
Jun 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #4)
3.99
really liked it
More slow charm and gentle truth seeking from our friends at the #1 Ladies Detective Agency, who now have a competitor in the form of the Satisfaction ...more
Aug 2009
Mar 24, 2010
 
Major Barbara
3.68
it was ok
The problem with Shaw is that I always feel crabbier when I read him. Even Pygmalion, which strikes me as a superior play, makes me slightly irritable ...more
Apr 2011
Jun 11, 2012
 
Juliet
3.90
liked it
Ahhhh, Tuscany in the summer! This book does a fine job of transporting you both to modern day Siena and to 14th-century Siena through two simultaneou ...more
not set
Oct 26, 2013
 
The Portable Walt Whitman
4.33
really liked it
I've never been a fan of the Transcendentalists, vastly preferring the English Romantics. Obviously the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but early on I ...more
Apr 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
The House at Tyneford
3.78
it was ok
Two-plus stars. This had promise, but fell a bit flat. While the descriptions of life for Jews in Vienna at the end of the 30's was interesting and un ...more
Mar 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Jane Austen's Letters
4.14
really liked it
Her wit and humor resonate on every page—find out just how delightful Jane would be to sit next to at a dinner party, and how much more clever her cat ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
The Trinity Six
3.75
it was ok
A university lecturer, hard up for cash, gets a tip that there may have been a SIXTH Cambridge spy whom the British government has kept under wraps fo ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
A Beowulf Handbook
4.20
really liked it
Reviewing literary criticism strikes me as weird, but this book is so rapturously interesting that I read sections every now and then for fun. Each ch ...more
Dec 2009
Jul 27, 2010
 
Frederica
4.15
really liked it
Hilarious! Much of the credit belongs to Clifford Norgate’s unparalleled gifts as a narrator (I listened to it on cd), but I must admit that with this ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
Summer in the South
3.58
liked it
This breezy page-turner is tinged with a pleasingly mellow shade of Faulkner Lite – not too much eccentricity, not too much sins-of-the-fathers fatali ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
The Oresteia  (Ορέστεια, #1-3)
3.99
it was amazing
This translation is less poetic than Lattimore's, but it's also simpler. Plus, Fagles includes a marvelous and very accessible introduction. Translato ...more
Oct 2008
Jan 30, 2010
 
Duplicate Death (Inspector Hemingway Mystery #3)
3.72
liked it
This one is set in post-war London (post WWII, not I) and has a couple of more modern elements than her usual 1930’s mysteries where people are murder ...more
Sep 2008
Feb 27, 2009
 
Ireland
3.99
really liked it
An old storyteller roams the countryside in 1950's Ireland telling stories in exchange for a warm bed and homecooked meal. He comes to the home of a y ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Mansfield Park
3.84
it was amazing
The only Austen novel I want to begin again immediately the moment I’m finished. It boasts the most hotly debated Austen heroine — indeed, the most ho ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2008
 
American Foreign Policy Since World War II
3.65
it was ok
Not as heinously boring as I thought it’d be, nor as heinously biased.
Jun 2011
Jun 11, 2012
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