Matilda Reviews: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Hello, fellow bookishly inclined people! Happy spring! It's finally beginning to warm up here. In case any of you missed me terribly (doubtful), I apologize for my absence over the last several weeks---Les Mis took longer to finish than expected, I went on a trip to New Mexico (it was wonderful), and then the Easter holidays… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Summary: The story follows the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose "sexual inversion" (that is, homosexuality) is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Summary: The short story, "Franny", takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her. The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Matilda Reviews: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Goodreads Summary: Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

When I was about twelve years old, I came across the film version of Lord of the Flies on daytime television.  I tuned in during the scene in which the boys are dancing about in a frenzy, chanting, their domestication lost to the wildness of their desert island.  I was very interested, and when I inquired about… Continue reading Review: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Summary Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Mayais attacked by a man any times her… Continue reading Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Review: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

When I was a senior in college, I took a Russian lit course in which Anna Karenina was the major text, and I devoured it. I felt a kind of empathy for Anna---and I loved her, too. Her haughtiness, her grandeur and her passion were somehow beautiful to me. My classmates, on the other hand, were very… Continue reading Review: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

I've been meaning to read Bleak House ever since I watched the Masterpiece Theatre miniseries last summer. I finally got to the book in May, and it took me about a month to read, but it was excellent. I've always loved Dickens --I grew up reading Oliver Twist over and over again -- but Bleak House seemed daunting both because of… Continue reading Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Review: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

For as long as I can remember (in the ten years that I've been an out lesbian), Rubyfruit Jungle has appeared and been mentioned in countless places.  Websites, books, magazines, and word-of-mouth all tout this unorthodox coming-of-age novel as The One Lesbian Novel You Must Read.  I suspect that, in the '70s when it was published, this was probably… Continue reading Review: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown