Chronicle of a Death Foretold

April 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

Chroncile of a death foretold_CVR.inddChronicle of a Death Foretold
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
published by Penguin Books

At a 122 pages Chronicle of a Death Foretold begins explosively, races through a grippingĀ  narrative, and ends in a thunderous crescendo. A small town wakes up to what it believes is an innocuous day following the revelries of a grand wedding. Santiago Nasar is a doomed man from the moment he wakes up. « Read the rest of this entry »

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Homage to Catalonia

April 24, 2015 § 1 Comment

homagetocataloniaHomage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

‘Orwell, by reason of the quality that permits us to say of him that he was a virtuous man, is a figure in our lives…what is he the figure of, the answer is: the virtue of not being a genius, of fronting the world with nothing more than one’s simple, direct, undeceived intelligence, and a respect for the powers one does have, and the work one undertakes to do.’
Lionel Trilling « Read the rest of this entry »

Perilous Power The Middle East & U.S. Foreign Policy

April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

ppPerilous Power The Middle East & U.S. Foreign Policy
by Noam Chomsky & Gilbert Achcar
published by
Paradigm Publishers

To anyone following international politics and U.S. foreign policy, Noam Chomsky will be a familiar name. Chomsky over the years has been quite a vocal critic of American foreign policy; lambasting it for its double standards, its imperialist ambitions, and “fitting any standard description of terrorism.” « Read the rest of this entry »

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

April 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

11Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
by Richard Yates
published by Vintage

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness. The title alone was enough to pique my interest. Reading the blurb on the back I wondered whether I had finally stumbled upon a writer capable of dispelling the disappointment I had felt after reading the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. « Read the rest of this entry »

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