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Book Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Posted September 15, 2013 in Reviews / 16 Comments
Book Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Set in the old New York of the early 1870s, The Age of Innocence is an examination of the tension between society’s demands and personal freedom. Newland Archer is a young man from a wealthy family about to be married to May Welland, a sweet but unimaginative girl. A bookish dilettante, he leads a comfortable life among New York’s moneyed set. However, his life is turned upside down with the arrival of May’s cousin Ellen Olenska, a damaged woman fleeing her troubled […]

Book Review: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Posted January 16, 2013 in Reviews / 17 Comments
Book Review: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

The first book in Willa Cather’s Prairie trilogy, O Pioneers! is a story of survival on the Nebraska prairies. At a time when the American West was wild and uncultivated, many immigrants were drawn to the frontier by the extremely low price of land. However, many of these families were from cities and had little or no experience or knowledge of farming; although they were eager to pursue a new life on the prairie, they were ill-suited to the demands of eking […]

Book Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Posted October 24, 2012 in Reviews / 4 Comments
Book Review: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

To be honest, I started reading this classic without expecting to like it much; I had heard that it was about horrible people treating each other badly, and I thought reading about miserable people would make me miserable by proxy. This was not the case at all. Sure, some of the characters are truly twisted and despicable, but oh the passion! And the betrayal and the heartbreak! And the tortured souls! I loved this book. For those who haven’t read […]

Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Posted February 6, 2012 in Reviews / 1 Comment
Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

It took me two tries and nearly a month to read, but I finally finished Anna Karenina! I really wanted to love it, but I have some mixed feelings. I thought Tolstoy did an excellent job in his aim of making Anna pitiful but not guilty. Although she often rages about having given up everything, her son, her life, for Vronsky, she doesn’t for a second regret it. That she doesn’t feel guilty about leaving is something I dislike about […]