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Book Review: Hard Times

Book Review: Hard Times

“There is a wisdom of the head, and… there is a wisdom of the heart.”  SYNOPSIS Coketown is dominated by facts; using the model of Utilitarian, Mr Thomas Gradgrind feeds his family and pupils with facts and nothing else; banning fancy from the mind of the young. As a consequence, his daughter Louisa marries a …

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Book Review: Tender is the Night

Book Review: Tender is the Night

“Actually that’s my secret — I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are.” Synopsis The French Riviera – 1920s. Lively, clamorous and flamboyant. And also the backdrop for the story of the Divers, an American psychoanalyst, and his delicate wife. Holding court …

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Book review: Jamaica Inn

Book review: Jamaica Inn

“Dead men tell no tales, Mary.” Synopsis Mary Yellan, a strong headed and brave girl, respects her death mother’s dying wish to go and live with her loving aunt Patience at Jamaica Inn. Things have changed though. Aunt Patience has become a nervous wreck silenced by her abusive husband Joss Merlynn, who also uses the …

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Book review: My Cousin Rachel

Book review: My Cousin Rachel

“The point is, life has to be endured, and lived. But how to live it is the problem.” SYNOPSIS Raised by his single benevolent cousin, Ambrose, Philip Ashley is the next heir to the beautiful Cornish estate his cousin deeply loves. But this dream is shattered when Ambrose on his annual foreign trip unexpectely marries …

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Book review: Great Expectations

Book review: great expectations

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” SYNOPSIS Orphan pip, raised up by his bullying sister Georgiana and her loving …

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Book review: Mansfield Park

Book review Mansfield Park

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” Synopsis Adopted by her aunt and uncle to remove her from her poor family, Fanny Price is giving a second chance in life. But as one would expect not everything is rosy in the supposed …

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Book review: The Secret History

Book review: The Secret History

“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.” Synopsis Richard Papen, a california boy, finally manages to get away from his unsupportive family and friends by being accepted into a private college in Vermont. There he becomes part of an tight-knit ancient Greek study group after being much intrigued by the other …

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