Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957)

2018-01-29T17:02:50+00:00

The winter months are good reading months for me, especially when snug indoors with a view of the snowy cityscape. I've been reading more than I've been reviewing here, so here's a peek into the recent stacks. Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957) were read with

Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957) 2018-01-29T17:02:50+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Ringing the Changes (1957)

2017-10-27T09:48:42+00:00

When I first peeked into the Jalna books, I discovered that Mazo de la Roche's biographers depended heavily upon Ringing the Changes, her autobiography, which I was pleased to find in the library. It's that kind of old book whose pages have been turned so often that they are softer

Mazo de la Roche’s Ringing the Changes (1957) 2017-10-27T09:48:42+00:00

The Creative Life on the Page (Five Books)

2017-03-26T10:20:32+00:00

Because I forgot my key one day, I had to wait in the neighbourhood library for Mister BIP to finish work, before I could go home. I suppose I could have waited in the subway station. But it was only a 20-minute walk. Of course I walked: wouldn't you? One

The Creative Life on the Page (Five Books) 2017-03-26T10:20:32+00:00

Margaret Millar’s An Air that Kills (1957; 2016)

2017-02-24T17:02:31+00:00

Because so many of Margaret Millar's novels consider married couples - often at the point in which the relationship is strained, if not fractured - one wonders about her relationship with Ken Millar (better known as Ross MacDonald, who also wrote mysteries). Did they squabble like Esther and Ron do

Margaret Millar’s An Air that Kills (1957; 2016) 2017-02-24T17:02:31+00:00

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2015

2017-07-24T15:01:50+00:00

This year I have read some stand-out collections, but for the most part I neglected to take notes from them: Joy Williams' Honored Guests, Kathleen Winter's The Freedom in American Songs, Jessica Grant's Making Light of Tragedy, Shawn Syms' Nothing Looks Familiar, Elaine McCluskey's Hello, Sweetheart, Julia Leggett's Gone South and Other

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2015 2017-07-24T15:01:50+00:00