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Book Review: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Book Review: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Title: A Separate Peace Author: John Knowles Publisher: Scribner Paperback: 204 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of…

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Book Review: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Book Review: The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Title: The Red Pony Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Puffin Paperback: 95 pages Source: Chicago Public Library OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher’s life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, a hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating…

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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: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Book Review: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Title: The Yearling Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Publisher: Aladdin Paperback: 513 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating:…

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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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Review: Manga Classics – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Crystal S. Chan

Review: Manga Classics – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Crystal S. Chan

Title: Manga Classics – The Scarlet Letter Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne Story Adaptation: Crystal S. Chan English Dialogue Adaptation: Stacy King Illustrator: SunNeko Lee Lettering: WT Francis Publisher: Udon Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing Paperback: 308 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Faithfully adapted by Crystal Chan from the original novel, this new edition features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee (Manga Classics: Les…

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Book Review: The Erotic Poems by Ovid, tranlsated by Peter Green

Book Review: The Erotic Poems by Ovid, tranlsated by Peter Green

Title: The Erotic Poems Author: Ovid Translator: Peter Green Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback: 464 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) This collection of Ovid’s poems deals with the whole spectrum of sexual desire, ranging from deeply emotional declarations of eternal devotion to flippant arguments for promiscuity. In the “Amores”, Ovid addresses himself in a series of elegies to Corinna, his beautiful, elusive mistress. The intimate and vulnerable nature of the poet revealed in these early poems vanishes in the…

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Audiobook Review: Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton

Audiobook Review: Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery, narrated by Colleen Winton

Title: Anne of Avonlea Author: LM Montgomery Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book 2 Narrator: Colleen Winton Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Duration: 9 hours, 25 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), the book covers the second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables,…

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Audiobook Review: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Audiobook Review: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Title: Anne of Green Gables Author: LM Montgomery Narrator: Colleen Winton Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book 1 Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Duration: 10 hours, 8 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia, is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew…

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