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Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd is a classic novel first published in 1874. It is the story of Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak. The book is set in nineteenth-century England in the fictional county of Wessex.  Bathsheba transcends gender roles....

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The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen
T he Devil in the Shape of a Woman:
Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlsen is an exploration of
the witch-related hysteria that manifested itself in seventeenth century colonial
New England. In this book, the author examines and analyses wit...

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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
O liver Twist b y Charles Dickens is a very famous novel. Many people who have
not read the book itself have likely seen film or stage adaptions. Others may
be familiar with the story just from hearing and reading what others have said
or written about it. ...

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Fictional Matriarchies
In
the course of reading and choosing what books to read, sometimes one book leads
to another. Sometimes I read a series of books on the same topic. This often
happens with non – fiction, but it can happen with fiction. A recent reread of
Pamela Sargent’s T...

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A Report For an Academy by Franz Kafka
I read the Joachim Neugrochel translation of
this story. I
have been reading a collection of short stories by Franz Kafka. The famous
author tends to dwell upon common themes. His tales often reflect the
alienation of the individual from family, religion, h...

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Witch Hunts in the Western World by Brian Pavlac
Witch Hunts in the Western World by
Brian Pavlac is a comprehensive account of the witch hunts that occurred in
Europe and America. This is a nuts and bolts, serious chronicle of events. It
is very balanced. The history of witch hunting as it occurred in Eu...

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Anthony Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds and Anti - Semitism
The
Eustace Diamonds by Anthony
Trollope is in many ways a great book. My
general commentary on the work is HERE . However,
I want to write a few words concerning something that is not so great about it.
The novel contains a nasty streak of anti-Semitism. F...

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The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
The Eustace Diamonds is the third novel in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Series . This is a huge book with lots of characters and
multiple plot threads. At its center is the impressive literary creation of Lizzie
Eustace. Though in some ways similar to other ...

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Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Herland by Charlotte
Perkins Gilman was published in 1915. It tells the story of an expedition to a
remote, mountainous area that stumbles across a society that is utopian and
entirely comprised of women. The expedition is comprised of three men. Their
pers...

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The Fall by Albert Camus
I read the Justin O’Brien translation of
this book. This post contains spoilers. The Fall by Albert Camus is the French
writer-philosopher’s third novel. Told in the form of a monologue, this is the
story of Jean-Baptiste Clamence. The narrative consists of...
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