Category Archives: Reading

Carlos Fuentes—Author of The Doll Queen is dead at 83

The major newspapers yesterday (15 May, 2012) marked of the death of distinguished Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. The tributes to the sometimes polemical author and his accomplishments are glowing: all is forgiven in death. One of the simplest and most appropriate … Continue reading

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The Bicentennial Of Charles Dickens’ Birth

On the 7th of February in 1812, 200 years ago, a boy was born to Mrs. Dickens in a village 80 miles outside of London. The boy was named Charles and would grow up to be an eminent author in the … Continue reading

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The Whale—The Lure of the Sea

Wandering through the house with a heavy novel in my hand, I was looking at book shelves and now and then pulling a volume to read the opening lines—I was half way through my yearlong project of reading and re-reading … Continue reading

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Listen to the Voices

Yesterday I took a break from reading, and went to listen to a play. Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood is sub-titled “a play for voices”. Thomas wrote this long play in verse for the BBC in 1954.  It is a … Continue reading

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Lost in a sea of words

My new book is When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle. I really enjoy reading Boyle, it’s not just his stories (even though they are great) it’s the words; you can get lost in some of his sentences and eventually … Continue reading

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Summertime Reading Don Quixote

A couple of years ago, my reading project for the summer vacation was the complete Don Quijote de la Mancha, 1,100 pages—well, sometime after Labor Day, when schools had restarted after summer vacation, it was high time for me to … Continue reading

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Image & Reality:Don Quixote and Sancho

My introduction to the legendary Don Quixote was similar to that of many American children. From the local library, I checked out the Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics edition: Don Quixote from La Mancha by Judge Parry. This great illustrated re-telling … Continue reading

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