Robert O. - Reviews

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Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics)
Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics)
Author: Anne Bronte, Angeline Goreau
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 3/14/2016


Great fascination with the Brontes. In a way this is a social novel, the plight of the educated but poor Victorian governess. Very much from life, since Anne was a governess.


Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 55
Review Date: 2/24/2017


A fascinating main character, an orphan with red hair who is full of passion and adventures. She will prevail!


Beat Down to Your Soul : What Was the Beat Generation?
Beat Down to Your Soul : What Was the Beat Generation?
Author: Ann Charters
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 12/31/2012


An indispensable guide to texts relevant to the Beat movement of the 50's


Best Poems of the Bronte Sisters (Dover Thrift Editions)
Review Date: 7/10/2016


If you want to know more about the Bronte sisters and their thoughts, try the poetry. Very personal and typical of the Romantic period


City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 11/30/2012


This is a fine book if you are interested in the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, including the most significant Beat poets, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Lots of other poets also to enjoy.


Death Comes for the Archbishop
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Author: Willa Cather
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 96
Review Date: 10/2/2013


Beautifully written account of French priests coming to Santa Fe, NM, in mid-nineteenth century. Lots of adventures with Indians and Mexicans in the new US territory after the war with Mexico. Cather describes the landscapes wonderfully.


Desolation Angels
Desolation Angels
Author: Jack Kerouac
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/23/2014


A compendium of Kerouac's thoughts on Buddhism and life. Sometimes really hits the mark; at other times he is long-winded. Best to read in short doses


Eight American Authors
Eight American Authors
Author: Hubbell. Stovall, Blair, Leary, Williams, et al
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/6/2006


A critical review of work about Poe, Whitman, Emerson, Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, Thoreau, and James.


existentialism from dostoevsky to sartre
existentialism from dostoevsky to sartre
Author: walter kaufmann
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/13/2015


Powerful book of selections showing the development of existentialism with commentary from the editor. Recommended


The Fifth Column (and four unpublished stories of the Spanish Civil War)
Review Date: 8/5/2014


Not as interesting as other Hemingway Spanish books.


The Garrick Year
The Garrick Year
Author: Margaret Drabble
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 6/6/2006


Drabble is one of Britain's best modern novelists. A fun read


The Hills Beyond
The Hills Beyond
Author: Thomas Wolfe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 12/31/2013


If you like Wolfe, these are good selections and not the usual very long length. But essential Wolfe ideas are here.


Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Author: John Hersey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 122
Review Date: 6/26/2017


Having been to the Peace Park in Hiroshima recently, I wanted to read about this momentous and horrible event. Hersey's book is a classic: factual, not emotional, full of details that make one realize that we must never as a world drop an atomic bomb on anyone. Hersey wrote this in 1946 and followed the people whose lives he chronicles forty years later in 1986. Highest recommendation.


Iberia
Iberia
Author: James A. Michener
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 5/13/2014


A must read, even though written forty years ago, for someone traveling to Spain. Michener has a load of tales to tell.


The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte
The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 10/24/2017


For lovers of Du Maurier, this Bronte biography has her usual Gothic twists. Interesting to remember that the Bronte children had a Cornish mother. Perhaps that accounts for D's Bronte similarities and interest.


Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/4/2017


Daphne Du Maurice at her usual best in Cornwall. This 19th century adventure involves pirates wrecking ships on the rocky coast. Lots of wild and foggy moors. Very atmospheric. Based on a real inn in the moors.


Jane Eyre (Signet Classics)
Jane Eyre (Signet Classics)
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 336
Review Date: 5/15/2016


This is second time I have read "Jane Eyre." The Brontes are wonderful talents from an obscure Yorkshire village. Charlotte makes of her Gothic experiences a fascinating novel. It never flags, because Jane controls the reader's response through her first person narrative. A great read.


Penguin Book of Beats
Penguin Book of Beats
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/13/2012


This is maybe the best book about the whole "beat" movement.


Riders of the Purple Sage
Riders of the Purple Sage
Author: Zane Grey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 5/26/2013


I had never read Zane Grey. Assumed it was formulaic and probably very sentimental. Pleasantly surprised. Lots of action and good description of Western landscape.


Rum Punch
Rum Punch
Author: Elmore Leonard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 2/9/2014


Lots of fun. Clever plotting. You are kept in suspense how the complex situation will be resolved.


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