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Book Review: Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope

Book Review: Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope

Title: Ralph the Heir Author: Anthony Trollope Publisher: Nonsuch Publishing Paperback: 544 pages Source: Open Source (Project Gutenberg) Summary: (taken from Goodreads) This novel tells a story of crossed inheritance. One Ralph Newton, a handsome ne’er-do-well, has the expectation of the family property. His cousin (also Ralph Newton) is a wholly worthy fellow, but a bastard and may not by law inherit what his father desperately wants to bequeath him. This situation provides Trollope with the occasion for a profound analysis of moral worth and…

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Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Title: Tess of the D’Urbervilles Author: Thomas Hardy Publisher: Penguin Paperback: 392 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Tess Durbeyfield knows what it is to work hard and expect little. But her life is about to veer from the path trod by her mother and grandmother. When her ne’er-do-well father learns that his family is the last of a long noble line, the d’Urbervilles, he sends Tess on a journey to meet her supposed kin- a journey that will see her victimized by lust, poverty,…

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Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Title: Oliver Twist Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback: 608 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute…

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Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Title: Invincible Summer Author: Alice Adams Publisher: Little, Brown Hardcover: 308 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s…

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Book Review: Ann Veronica by HG Wells

Book Review: Ann Veronica by HG Wells

Title: Ann Veronica Author: HG Wells Publisher: Penguin Books Limited Paperback: 352 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Twenty-one, passionate and headstrong, Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to live her own life. When her father forbids her attending a fashionable ball, she decides she has no choice but to leave her family home and make a fresh start in London. There, she finds a world of intellectuals, socialists and suffragettes — a place where, as a student in biology at Imperial College, she can…

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Book Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: The Hound of the Baskervilles Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Publisher: Signet Paperback: 160 pages Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of…

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Audiobook Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Audiobook Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Author: Douglas Adams Series: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Book 1 Narrator: Stephen Fry Publisher: Books on Tape Edition: Unabridged Duration: 5 hours, 51 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Don’t leave earth without this story of the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow. The writing of New York Times Best-selling author, Douglas Adams, has been brilliantly successful on both sides of the Atlantic in radio, television, theatre and spoken…

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Audiobook Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Audiobook Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Title: Great Expectations Author: Charles Dickens Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America Edition: Unabridged Duration: 17 hours, 27 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Considered by many to be Dickens’s greatest work, this is a timeless story where vindictiveness and guilt clash with love and gratitude. Enriched by a cast of unforgettable characters, from the orphan Pip to the convict Magwitch and the bitter Miss Havisham. Overall Rating: 5/5 Of all the works I have read by Dickens so far,…

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