Book Review: First Love by Ivan Turgenev

I’m on a bit of Russian literature kick lately. Maybe you noticed. After sampling a bit from Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov, I next set my sights on Turgenev, having heard him described as one of the greatest Russian novelists who ever lived. The first thing I read from him, though, was not a novel but a novella. There’s apparently some division among book bloggers as to the worth of the novella as a form: while many people prefer the shorter format that eats up less time than novels do, others find novellas too brief to allow the reader to form an attachment to the characters. I for one love novellas, and especially ones like this, that, for all their brevity, still have you feeling with, and hurting for, the characters.

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Book Review: “A Gentle Spirit” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Translator: Constance Garnett Original Language: Russian Year of First Publication: 1876 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2014 Number of Pages: N/A Publisher: The University of Adelaide Genre: Fiction Subjects: Greed, love, selfishness, suicide Find the ebook here and the paperback here. (Disclosure: that last one is an affiliate link.) So, remember a few monthsContinue reading “Book Review: “A Gentle Spirit” by Fyodor Dostoevsky”

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Favorite Books of 2016

Two-and-a-half years after starting this site, I figure it’s time I get my blogging act together and start a regular, end-of-the-year wrap-up series. I’m afraid I can’t provide you with a grand total of books I read in 2016, A) because I wasn’t keeping track and B) because whatever the final tally is, I’m sureContinue reading “Favorite Books of 2016”

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Book Review: “White Nights” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

[Warning! Spoilers!] For a while now, I’ve been looking for a jumping-off point into the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky, that lovable little existential novelist that is the pride and joy of Russia’s literary canon. After trying some of his longer works, I decided I’d ease my way in with some of his short fiction instead. …

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books from My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As you may know, I keep a long, long, long list of books that I hope to read at some point in the future. And with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic being “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read ListContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books from My TBR List”

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Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman

As Christmas looms nearer still, I thought I’d dig up this old gem. This time last year, Neil Gaiman was asked to give a reading of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the New York City Public Library, using the selfsame manuscript from which Dickens himself gave readings back when. Below is a recording of thatContinue reading “Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Read by Neil Gaiman”

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