Category: Historical

Thoughts: Don Quixote, Part Two by Miguel Cervantes

  The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Part Two by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 40 The Second Part of Don Quixote was published in 1615, exactly ten years after the first. According to Cervantes’s dedication, it…

Thoughts: Don Quixote, Part One by Miguel Cervantes

  The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Part One by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 40 Don Quixote is considered by many to be the first example of the contemporary novel-as-we-know-it, though I believe this is…

Thoughts: Sodom on the Thames by Morris B. Kaplan

Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris B. Kaplan Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 20 Sodom on the Thames is a descriptive and argumentative essay divided into four chapters, each of which focuses on one element…

Brief Thoughts on 8 Books

The books listed below are those I read for last week’s Read-a-Thon.  I planned not to write a review for each, because I don’t really have time to play catch-up on 8 book reviews, particularly with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starting in two…

Review: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 26 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Rick Riordan’s The Throne of Fire is an incredibly fantastic follow-up to Book 1 of his Egyptian mythology series, The Kane…

Review: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 50 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) I finished reading The House of the Spirits approximately 20 hours ago; I have held off on…

Review: Lust for Life by Irving Stone

Summary: Irving Stone’s Lust for Life is a biographical novelization of the life of Vincent van Gogh. The novel is based on the many letters (approximately 700) written between Vincent van Gogh and his younger brother, Theo. Stone takes author’s creative license and invents dialogue,…

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