Category Archives: 2010

Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons

Nineteen year old Flora Poste has just been orphaned. She doesn’t want to work – why work if you can easily live off others? – so she sets out to mooch off her extended family until she decides to marry, … Continue reading

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Christmas Holiday, by William Somerset Maugham

Charley Mason, part of a fairly well-to-do family in England, goes to Paris for his Christmas holidays to visit an old friend and have a bit of fun. Everything changes, though, when Charley’s friend (Simon, now very changed) introduces him … Continue reading

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Returning to Haifa, by Ghassan Kanafani

My sister recommended three novellas by Ghassan Kanafani, and so I read all three. This was the last of them. In this story, Said and his wife Safiyya are going back to their home town Haifa twenty years after they … Continue reading

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The Rock and the River, by Kekla Magoon

The Rock and the River is set in the late sixties during the Civil Rights Movement. Sam is a thirteen year old boy caught between two paths of the Movement. His father is one of the leaders in the peaceful … Continue reading

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Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (audio)

I first read Lolita about a decade ago. It was my first experience was Vladimir Nabokov, and what made me fall in love with him. I decided to revisit this novel on audio, a second read. Here, I’m going to … Continue reading

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Men in the Sun, by Ghassan Kanafani

My sister recommended three novellas by Ghassan Kanafani, and so I read all three. Men in the Sun was the second I read. This is the story of three desperate men from Palestine trying to make their way to Kuwait … Continue reading

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All That’s Left To You, by Ghassan Kanafani

My sister recommended three novellas by Ghassan Kanafani, and so I read all three. This was my sister’s favorite of the three, so I read it first. It follows several different stories, offset by type (bold, italics, normal) to differentiate … Continue reading

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