Category: 2010 TBR

Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams

Summary: Watership Down is like a psychic-Rabbit equivalent of The Grapes of Wrath, except Richard Adams is not quite the writer that John Steinbeck is. At the start, a small group of rabbits from a relatively peaceful, advantageous warren leave their home at the…

Review: Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Summary Kurt Vonnegut’s  The Sirens of Titan: A Novel is another brilliant morality tale of science meets religion meets the future meets politics and “so it goes.”  This novel seems to take on, full scale, the battle between omniscient destiny and free will. In…

Review: Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White

Summary: The Beautiful Room is Empty picks up shortly after where White’s earlier memoir, A Boy’s Own Story, leaves off.  This work discusses not just the growth of boy-into-man, but also gives a historical account of the period. The 1950s and 1960s – the…

Review: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Summary: Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is an intense, harrowing account of one family’s struggle to survive, after being dislocated from their Oklahoma ranch and forced to move to California – land of prosperity for work.  The Joad family and their local (former) preacher,…

The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen

Summary  Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris is an intriguing novel of love, secrets, betrayal, youth, family, and friendship.  There’s a whole lot wrapped up in this novel of fewer than 300 pages, but the separation into three distinct segments allows for much ground…

Review: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Summary: The Idiot is Dostoevsky’s attempt at writing down the essence of true beauty, in human form.  Prince Myshkin, the idiot himself, is meant to epitomize absolute goodness and fairness.  He is kind and generous, forgiving and intelligent.  He has money, yet does not covet…

Review: The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

Summary The Rules of Attraction takes place at New England’s Camden College – the starting point for many characters in Ellis’s later novels.  The novel is written in the epistolary fashion – each segment is a different character’s journal-type entry.  Sometimes these segments match…

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