Mavis Gallant’s “Rue de Lille” (1983)


The novelist who barely disguises the characters he has pulled from reality: here, again, it seems as though we catch a glimpse of another Poche. Now I wonder if Grippes wasn’t forced to camouflage him, after the moment in which Poche queried Grippes about when “What’s-His-Name struggles to prepare

Mavis Gallant’s “Rue de Lille” (1983)2019-08-01T19:52:26-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A Recollection” (1983)


The previous story ends with an imprisonment: “He had got the woman from church to dining room, and he would keep her there trapped, cornered, threatened, watched, until she yielded to Grippes and told her name – as, in his several incarnations, good Poche had always done.” I’m thinking

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Cees Nooteboom’s Rituals (1980; 1983)


Although I had picked up the author's works throughout the years, it was Eleanor Wachtel's interview with Cees Nooteboom that firmly nudged his Rituals onto my reading list for Iris' DutchLit Fortnight this year. (The interview is available in podcast here.) 1980; HBJ, Translated Adrienne Dixon, 1983 Rituals

Cees Nooteboom’s Rituals (1980; 1983)2014-03-20T20:55:19-05:00

On Being Cloned, Trapped and Lonely


B.I.P.'s Snips are short-hand responses to works; I usually opt for this format when I've read the book without taking many (or any) notes. Kate Wilhelm’s Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976) Read: Mostly over breakfast, home-baked muffins or bakery-bought rugelach with coffee, perched on a stool in the kitchen, mostly

On Being Cloned, Trapped and Lonely2014-03-15T20:01:40-05:00

Dear Literary Handbook


Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983) (And my Holman-Harmon Handbook to Literature) I hadn't given this book a thought for my series on Letters for this autumn, but I happened upon a copy of it at a booksale a couple of weeks ago, and I did love my Ramona re-reads (and

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