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Reviewing a classic: Sinuhe the Egyptian by Mika Waltari

A quote instead of synopsis (because it is a pretty good quote and explains roughly everything): “I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory of the gods … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevski

Synopsis (mostly from Goodreads): Returning to Russia from a sanatorium in Switzerland an epileptic young man and also a descendant of one of the oldest Russian lines of nobility, Prince Myshkin, finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love. He is … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Memoirs of Harriette Wilson by Harriette Wilson

I am not going to include any synopsis here because it doesn’t make sense. How to summarize memoirs? One of the most famous ladies of ill repute of the Regency London (the beginning of the 19th century) tells you about some … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Synopsis: A naïve young woman whose name is supposed to be ‘rare’ and ‘original’ (Daphne?) but is never revealed in the book, stays in a Monte Carlo hotel along with a rich woman, Mrs. Van Hopper, who has employed her as … Continue reading

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Reviewing a Classic: Emma by Jane Austen

Synopsis: Twenty-year-old Emma Woodhouse lives with her hypochondriac, almost senile father at Hartfield, a small estate dwarfed by nearby Donwell Abbey. The owner of Donwell Abbey is the forthright family friend and Emma’s brother-in-law Mr. Knightley. When Emma’s governess and … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Ulysses by James Joyce

Synopsis: William Blake saw the universe in a grain of sand – he was a genius visionary. Joyce saw it in Dublin, Ireland, on June 16, 1904, a day distinguished by its utter normality – he was a genius writer. … Continue reading

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Reviewing a classic: Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim

Once again I owe a lot to Heidenkind, my good Internet friend and an excellent reviewer, who encouraged me to read Vera – thank you very much! Her short but incisive and funny review can be found here. Synopsis:       … Continue reading

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Reviewing a Classic: Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

My good Internet friend and an excellent reviewer, Heidenkind, encouraged me to read Scaramouche, a book I’d never heard of before – thank you very much, I do owe you! Her review of this novel can be found here. Synopsis: … Continue reading

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