Monthly Archives: January 2011

Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers

Sara Smolinsky is a young Jewish immigrant living in a poor area of New York City with her family in the early 20th century.  Her father, a scholar of the Torah, rules his house like a “tyrant more terrible than … Continue reading

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Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome

I read this during Virago Reading Week, hosted by Rachel at Book Snob and Carolyn at A Few of My Favorite Things. I have officially been convinced of the genius of Edith Wharton.  Until recently, I would give her novels … Continue reading

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Homer’s The Odyssey

Odysseus.  There was a man, or was he all a dream? 19.363 So.  I’ve been finished with The Odyssey for weeks.  But I keep thinking, can you ever really be finished with The Odyssey?  Not only because of its impact … Continue reading

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James Salter’s A Sport and a Pastime: “The relics of love.”

“I am only putting down details which entered me, fragments that were able to part my flesh. It’s a story of things that never existed although even the faintest doubt of that, the smallest possibility, plunges everything into darkness. I … Continue reading

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Ma Su Mon: An Oral History of Resistance in Burma

Burma’s 50 million residents have lived under the rule of a violent authoritarian junta since 1962.  Millions have fled the country, and hundreds of thousands now live in refugee camps along the country’s borders.  Ma Su Mon is an ethnic … Continue reading

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Joan Didion’s Salvador: “Terror is the given of the place.”

I love Joan Didion’s writing, specifically her nonfiction.  I’d been reading through her work chronologically, but when I reached Salvador, I hesitated.  I thought it would be more overtly political than her two previous collections of essays.  I feared I … Continue reading

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Discoveries

Poking around a bit, I’ve come across a few group reads, events, and the like I’d be interested in joining. Virago Reading Week, hosted by Book Snob and A Few of My Favorite Books occurs January 24th-30th.  Considering Wharton (most … Continue reading

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