Mavis Gallant’s “A Question of Disposal”


In other Mavis Gallant stories, we have met characters whose hold on life is more tenacious than expected. In “The Remission” (1979), for instance. Everyone has made plans with an exit in mind, but nothing goes as expected. And in “The End of the World” (1967), we have a

Mavis Gallant’s “A Question of Disposal”2019-12-03T21:19:41-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In Italy”


He’s middle-aged and the father of a grown woman the same age: no wonder Stella thought Henry was a catch, a great romance. Really? A catch? Did Stella really think so? And, even if she did, at one time, once she met his daughter, Peggy, in person, did Stella

Mavis Gallant’s “In Italy”2019-11-01T15:16:13-05:00

Summer 2019, In My Reading Log


In Iris Murdoch’s Henry and Cato (1976), Henry Marshalson inherits the family estate when his brother Sandy dies. Henry returns to the home where his mother Gerda still lives, with her kinda-sycophantic admirer, Lucius. Cato lives nearby. So does Colette. Stephanie does not, but, because of her pre-existing

Summer 2019, In My Reading Log2019-08-27T13:41:48-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Master of Jalna (1933)


Although following Finch’s Fortune directly, the fortune only recently received and dispensed, Master of Jalna was actually published more than twenty years before Finch’s Fortune. It’s easy to imagine why the author would have wanted to revisit the Whiteoaks before the events of Master of Jalna play out, to

Mazo de la Roche’s Master of Jalna (1933)2018-07-27T13:34:43-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Finch’s Fortune (1955)


“With her book, her roses and her cake she was separated from the other members of the family in a kind of frosty seclusion.” Alayne’s frosty seclusion doesn’t sound all that bad, does it? But the point is that Alayne feels her separateness. And that's not always comfortable. Nor

Mazo de la Roche’s Finch’s Fortune (1955)2018-07-26T14:27:45-05:00
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