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18 08, 2015

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

By | August 18th, 2015|Categories: Classics, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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to kill a mockingbird book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

I must confess that I have not read this book until now. It’s been in my to-be-read pile for a long time, but something else always got picked first. In light of Harper Lee’s recently released second novel, it’s a good time to read or reread this literary classic. The new book, Go Set a Watchman is set in the same Maycomb County with many of the same characters, twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird.

This novel revolves around a court case that affects the Finch family and the inhabitants of the small town in ways they couldn’t have imagined. The story is interwoven with the mysterious Boo Radley who has been hidden in his house by his parents for his entire life. The story is narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” as she

23 11, 2014

Review: The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

By | November 23rd, 2014|Categories: Classics, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |1 Comment

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the greatest gift book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

The Greatest Gift: A Christmas Tale by Philip Van Doren Stern shares a timeless Christmas tale sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages and all walks of life. In its pages, a story unfolds that most people would recognize for the movie it became instead of its humble pamphlet beginnings. Originally given as a Christmas card in 1943 to friends and acquaintances of the author, the story caught the eye of one Frank Capra who in 1946 made it into one of the most beloved films of all time: It’s A Wonderful Life.

Those familiar with the movie will know the basic story line of George, a man caught in despair and dwelling on his own insignificance during the holiday season. Despite a wife and children who love him, a reliable job and

16 06, 2014

Review: Divine Comedy, translated by Clive James

By | June 16th, 2014|Categories: Classics, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Poetry|Tags: , |2 Comments

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9780871404480_custom-e5e60fab00723d840e72b72d975e2ee2baefd8eb-s6-c30Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

My desire to read this translation of the The Divine Comedy came from another series of books that I recently finished–the Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy. The premise of these trilogies was of Dante and Beatrice’s unrequited love and it inspired me to find out more about what really happened between them. This translation is written in poem form and although I found it to be natural and flow easily from one verse to the next, I believe that reading it one time through will give it no justice. It is still difficult to comprehend, in terms of taking Italian and transferring it to English, but I feel that with age, time and re-reading, the full meaning will emerge. I have nothing to compare it to seeing that I did not read the Italian version, so whether or not it was

5 07, 2013

Guest Post: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

By | July 5th, 2013|Categories: Classics, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |4 Comments

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war-and-peaceby Maria Kruk, an author for Books.so

Since the fervor around Anna Karenina has died down a bit after the movie premiere this winter, there has been plenty of time to explore other master pieces by Leo Tolstoy. He is indeed a momentous Russian writer and I’ve spent some time getting acquainted with War and Peace, the epic novel written in 1869. War and Peace appeared eight years before Anna Karenina was published, and Tolstoy continued to acquire more and more popularity with readers of the time. I remember studying War and Peace in school and exploring all story lines, characters, as well as the historic background. I should acknowledge that today the book is equally touching and exciting.

It is not for nothing that I called the novel an epic one as it is a real epopee. The events of the story embrace

18 03, 2013

Review: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: Classics, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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103159Reviewed by Maria Kruk

Having read The Forsyte Saga for the first time, I could not believe I really made it. One can agree that the novel looks pretty huge, and the plot captures until the last page is turned over. As for me, it was the first book with so many story lines and characters and, therefore, it could not but alert my modest reader’s demands. The Forsyte Saga features the most of English lifestyle at the turn of the 20th century: people, behavior, manners, clothing, leisure, family traditions (oh, how many chapters are about family commitments!) and, of course, love! There is no wonder this book brought a Nobel Prize to its creator in 1932.

Besides uncovering the secrets of being true Englishmen, The Forsyte Saga emphasizes a contradiction between romantic feelings and a tribute to English cherished morals. There are

22 10, 2011

Review: Sense and Sensibility (Insight Edition) by Jane Austen

By | October 22nd, 2011|Categories: Classics, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In the introduction to the Sense and Sensibility (Insight Editions) Julie Klassen writes: “Jane Austen is more popular now than during her lifetime nearly two hundred years ago.” Earlier this week I went to Barnes & Noble. Sure enough, there was an end cap in the fiction section covered with retellings and sequels to Austen’s beloved novels. Austen’s influence can even be found in the popular paranormal genre; Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and Jane Austen both appear as vampires in two such books. The Insight Edition, published by Bethany House Publishers, offers a newly packaged look at the original story of Sense and Sensibility, with a few fun surprises in store.

I’ll be honest with you. Up until this week, Sense and Sensibility was the only Jane Austen novel I had not yet read. Without