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I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
I am A Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter was written in 2008 and is the author’s follow up to Gödel, Escher, Bach, also known as GEB. My commentary on that book is  here . In this book, Hofstadter observes that due to the attention that other aspects of...
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Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid,  also known as  GEB,  by Douglas R. Hofstadter was the most challenging nonfiction book that I have ever read. Not including notes, my version of the book contained 737 very dense pages. The book was not only di...
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Goodreads and Bookish Memories
T here are a lot of very good things about Goodreads. In this entry I want to talk a little about entering books read in the past on one’s bookshelves. This feature allows a Goodreads user to catalogue a lifetime of reading on the site. Over the past year o...
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The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native  by Thomas Hardy was first published in 1878. The story takes place in the fictional Egdon Heath, a picturesque area of moorland in rural England. The tale centers around several characters and their romantic entanglements. The book...
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
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Independence Lost by Kathleen DuVal
Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution  by Kathleen DuVal was first published in 2016. The author is a professor of early American history at the University of North Carolina. The subject of this work is Spain’s war with Great Brita...
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Mrs. Hurtle in Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now
My general commentary on Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now is HERE. In this post, I wanted to talk a little about one of several extraordinary and unusual characters in this book. That is, Mrs. Hurtle. As I outlined in my previous entry on this novel, ...
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The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope was first published in 1875. It is a stand-alone novel in that it was not part of Trollope’s two big series. I have heard a fair number of people call this the author’s best book. Though I thought a few of his other b...
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
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Gibraltar, The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins and Lesly Adkins
Gibraltar, The Greatest Siege in British History  by Roy Adkins and Lesly Adkins was first published this year. The subject is the Spanish and French siege of British controlled Gibraltar that occurred between 1779 and 1783. This book is a military, social ...
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Talking About Book Series
Book series have been around for a long time. It is safe to say that they have never been more popular than they are today.  Lately, I have been thinking about how some books that are parts of larger series do not work as stand-alone novels. This leads me t...
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Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe , though set in the seventeenth century, was first published in 1719. It is the story of the title character. This book is a very famous work, yet this is a first time read for me. I found it to be a fun adventure story that w...
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