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A Classic: Madame Bovary: A Tale of Provincial Life

Author: Gustave Flaubert Translation by Lydia Davis Originally published in 1857. This translation was published in 2010 Somehow I missed reading this book in either high school or college. Its a classic that’s been floating around me for quite some time. I finally pinned myself down and put it on this year’s must-read classics list. […]

Book Review of a Classic: Emma by Jane Austen

. Author: Jane Austen Published: 1815 Genre: Classic Romance Format: Audiobook Narrated by Flo Gibson Emma Wodehouse is the star of this novel. She’s a beautiful young woman who has been raised in an upper class home in England in the early seventeenth century. Emma is the mistress of the house as her mother is […]

Book and a Movie: Persuasion by Jane Austen

When I saw a dvd of the movie at the library, it reminded me that Persuasion is on my list to reread. It’s been at least thirty years since I last read this classic, but it’s a favorite of mine. The story of Anne Elliot has never left me. Anne is the youngest daughter of […]

A Classic: The Old Man and the Sea

Author: Ernest Hemingway Publisher: Charles Scribner, 1952 Format: Audiobook (Simon & Schuster) – Read by Donald Sutherland My husband and I read this book back when we were first married. We were in our twenties and big Hemingway fans. We spent hours talking about the author, the book and the ideas expressed in it. I […]

Book Club Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Published in 1847 as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Smith, Elder & Co. of London Published a year later by Harper Brothers of New York One of the book clubs I belong to read Jane Eyre in February because, well, it’s “love month.” However, once we all read the book and got together to talk about […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Classic: Grapes of Wrath

We have our internet service back!! Hoo-ray!! Thanks everyone for hanging in with me. Finally, here’s my review of a great classic. ___________________________________________________________ Author: John Steinback Publisher: The Viking Press, 1939 Awards Won: National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and cited when Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 Genre: Classic Historical […]

From My List of Classics: Beowulf

I chose to re-read this classic tale because of romantic memories from high school. I recall watching the boys in our literature class acting out the various scenes with pretend swords. They appeared so gallant, so brave and manly. I’m sure I did a lot of sighing. Fifty years later the romance is gone. What […]

Book Review: My Antonia

Author: Willa Cather Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1918 Genre: Classic Fiction My Rating: A+ Jim Burden was a ten year old Virginia boy whose parents died within a year of each other. As the story opened Jim was on a train with Jake, a hired hands. They were on their way to Nebraska to live with […]

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I finally finished reading On the Road. That is one of those books everyone says is a must-read. Well, now I can check it off my list. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the people Kerouac meets on his cross-country trips. I wasn’t crazy about his friends or the “beat” lifestyle. My review is posted […]