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A short story set in 1950s Dublin

Advantages: Unusual, thought-provoking
Disadvantages: Expensive for a short story, a bit confusing

Something Special is a short story by the acclaimed novelist, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999). The story was published in an anthology in Japan in the 1950s and was rediscovered after the author’s death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever ...

moistbabe 30.01.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Something Special - Iris Murdoch

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Another beauty from McDonagh!

Advantages: plot, characters, suspense
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...Having devoured Martin McDonagh's Leenane trilogy, I have become quite a fan of his plays. I had planned on reading all of his work as and when I could, but hadn't put The Pillowman at the top of my to-read list; I wanted to read all of his Irish-based pl ...

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Review of The Pillowman - Martin McDonagh

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ANY MINUTE? . . . It Took Forever To Get Started!

Advantages: Tries to encourage a reassessment of attitudes to priorities; includes discussion questions.
Disadvantages: It took too long in setting the scene for someting significant to happen; a bit forced in places.

In October 2009 I wrote a review of Joyce Meyer's debut NOVEL, "The Penny" about the importance of the little things in life, and how attention to what seems insignificant can prove very significant indeed. At the time, I was made aware that Joyce Meyer h ...

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Review of Any Minute - Joyce Meyer

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Little House on the Prairie Revisited

Advantages: Claustrophobic and expansive at the same time, truly evocative
Disadvantages: None

A photograph opens the story. A black and white picture of a family, husband, wife and their three children, smiling for the camera. Thin, underfed, in their summer clothes despite the four inches of snow, they smile. Partly they smile because they do not ...

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Review of Under This Unbroken Sky - Shandi Mitchell

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The desintegration of a family

Advantages: language beauty, nice narration
Disadvantages: no

When I started to read the Buddenbrooks, I thought it will be a boring but. But then, after the 20 pages of long descriptions, I got really into the story about a rich family whose cycle will be seen throughout generations, i.e. three generations of the f ...

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Review of Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann

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