Posts tagged with classic-books

Jul 29 2019

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene


It's been nearly twenty years since I read Graham Greene's The Quiet American, but a flurry of recent mentions in the news convinced me that it was time to revisit it. I'm still not familiar with the First Indochina War (which I've been meaning to learn more about since, uh, high school), so I can't weigh in on the accuracy of Graham's war descriptions, but...

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Jul 29 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Quiet American, by Graham Greene


After seeing it mentioned in several news articles about Mayor Pete Buttigieg, I decided it was time to re-read Graham Greene's The Quiet American. A full review will follow shortly, but here's a spoiler for you: nearly every speaking character in this novel is totally awful. This giveaway will run through 8/15/19...

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Jul 23 2019

Nightmare fuel


If you haven't already seen the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of the musical Cats, get ready to pinch yourself: don't worry, you're not high (I mean... I assume) and you're not having a nightmare...

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Jun 27 2019

Nicely dull


And in another bit of TV adaptation news, Town & Country informs me that PBS's Masterpiece program will be remaking James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small as a six-episode miniseries. I remember watching reruns of the 70s TV show as a child—I thought it was boring, but in a weirdly soothing, pleasant way...

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Jun 25 2019

Money was spent


Vanity Fair recently revealed an exclusive first look at Gretta Gerwig's upcoming film adaptation of Little Women, which will star Saoirse Ronan as Jo. As longtime readers of the site know, I can't stand Little Women, but I can admit that this looks like a very handsome, well-cast production...

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Jun 18 2019



Thankfully, I just read another, non-eye-roll-inducing thinkpiece about one of my favorite books: Jia Tolentino's “The Westing Game, a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism". I actually don't think that title does a great job of encapsulating the article, but...

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Jun 11 2019



I have watched the first four episodes of Netflix's new show The Society (billed as a modern YA take on The Lord of the Flies, but with a supernatural twist), and I am giving it a somewhat wobbly thumbs-up. It took me two full episodes to be able to tell most of the characters apart (the Elle and Allie actresses were particularly confusing), and...

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May 30 2019



Tea and literature are two of my favorite subjects, so I opened this recent NPR article expecting nothing but joy... only to discover a horrifying announcement about a link between hot tea and esophageal cancer...

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May 14 2019

Time to match some funds


There has been another twist in the saga of this particular copy of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, which belonged to the judge who presided over the book's 1960 obscenity trial: while the book was sold at auction last fall for £56,250, the UK government has blocked its release...

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Apr 25 2019

More lost books


If you're in the market for more reflections upon violent misery, the BBC is reporting that a previously unseen manuscript for a sequel to Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange has been unearthed in his archive...

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Apr 2 2019



Somehow, I missed the first trailer for George Clooney's miniseries adaptation of Catch-22, which will air on Hulu on May 17th. It looks good—appropriately unsettling...

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Mar 19 2019

Big plans


(First, let me note that I love this cover art.) It's 2019, which marks the 200th birthday of author George Eliot, and there are going to be a number of events held in her honor...

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Mar 5 2019

I'll even consider shelling out for HBO


How did I miss this? HBO is working on a Perry Mason miniseries, and it will apparently star The Americans' Matthew Rhys in the title role. The show is being produced by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey, and...

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Feb 27 2019



And speaking of unnecessary movies, here's the trailer for Tolkien. Notice how when he talks about all the things his stories are about, the one thing...

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Feb 14 2019

And just think of their poor livers


In honor of Valentine's Day, The Mary Sue just posted a tribute to Nick and Nora Charles, the married pair at the center of The Thin Man film and its sequels. I've never found the pair quite as endearing as this author does, but...

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Feb 5 2019

Book-nerd tourism


LitHub recently posted a guide to the many literary hotspots of Yorkshire. There are quite a few I could willingly miss (much as I admire her work, very little about Sylvia Plath's life says "let me visit these spots on vacation"), but...

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Jan 16 2019

Maybe give Dahl a rest?


According to Variety, Anne Hathaway will be starring as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Hathaway will be playing the same role Anjelica Huston played in the 1990 movie...

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Jan 9 2019

How many boxes of tissues will be necessary?


Every time I see the trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, I remind myself that this is not the kind of movie I want to see in a theater. It looks gorgeous, sure, and I'm sure the cinematography would be incredible on the big screen... but this is film that cries out for...

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Jan 8 2019

My point


And speaking of British versus American covers, check out this 80th anniversary edition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, from the U.K.'s Virago Modern Classics. Look how awesome and original it is (how did they make embroidery seem so... insidious?), and...

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Jan 3 2019

Free books~


And in other good beginning-of-the-year news, I just learned that Apple is letting people download six classic audiobook editions for free. Each novel features a recognizable celebrity narrator, with the exception of Winnie-the-Pooh...

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Jan 2 2019

Persuasion (Penguin Classics Deluxe), by Jane Austen


I'm hoping to start 2019 on a good note, so my first review choice of the year is the Penguin Classics Deluxe 200th anniversary edition of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Alas, it isn't quite the note-perfect edition of my dreams, but it is far and away the best option I've encountered to date...

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Jan 2 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Persuasion (Penguin Classics Deluxe), by Jane Austen


It's a short week, but let's start off 2019 right: with Jane Austen. This week's Book Giveaway is the Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of Persuasion. Due to the wonky holiday schedule, we're extending this giveaway through Monday, January 7th. A full review will follow shortly...

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Dec 19 2018

Not sure how it will work as an ongoing series, though.


Okay, I am REALLY excited about this upcoming modern-day adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. A) I love that story, and B) this version will apparently be set on Bainbridge Island...

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Dec 4 2018

I've got a copy somewhere...


In honor of William Goldman, who died at age 87 last month, Slate published a loving tribute to The Princess Bride—both Goldman's novel, and his skillful adaption into the beloved 1987 film of the same name...

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Dec 4 2018

Pricey but intriguing


Last month, LitHub posted an article about SP Books' upcoming reprint of the original, unedited manuscript of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. This edition is...

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #7


Gift Idea #7: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, by Taschen Books ($40)

We recently chatted about Taschen Books' exquisite coffee table collection of Danish artist Kay Nielsen's long-lost illustrations for 1,001 Nights. While that particular book will set you back $300, Taschen also offers East of the Sun and West of the Moon...

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Nov 28 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #3


Gift Idea #3: The Histories, by Herodotus (prices vary; considering it was written in 440 BC you should be able to find it used)

One of my most prized possessions is my grandfather's trashed paperback copy of Herodotus's Histories. My grandfather was not known for his sunny disposition, but he told me that reading and re-reading Herodotus...

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Nov 6 2018



How did I miss the previous trailers for this new Robin Hood movie? Why does it look so terrible? (And why are the costumes so weird?) If it didn't have a reasonably big-name cast, I'd assume this was, like, a Syfy original series...

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Nov 1 2018

Worth it


NPR recently posted an article about a long-lost edition of 1,001 Nights. The version in question was illustrated by Danish artist Kay Nielsen during World War I, but for various reasons the book was never released...

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Oct 31 2018

No, thank you


In honor of Halloween, I've been reading several article about The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix's miniseries adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel. I'm way too much of a chicken to actually watch the series (even still shots give me the heebie-jeebies), but...

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