A Gentleman in Moscow – A Review

It’s been three decades since I last read Russian literature: Anna Karinena, The Brothers Karamozov, The Cherry Orchard, War and Peace. I was also enamored by the majesty and tragedy of Nicholas and Alexandra’s story. There was, then, something very intriguing about Russian history. Perhaps my reading was to put a humane face on the … Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow – A Review

The Handmaiden’s Tale – A review

This distopian tale is an unsatisfying story. I feel as though I’ve been preached to, without a solution offered or any redemption possible. Society’s downfall is brought about by the excesses of modern living in America: nuclear waste, consumerism, freedoms, literacy, contraceptive use by the white population, insecticides, abortion issues, biological hazards, and Playboy bunnies. … Continue reading The Handmaiden’s Tale – A review

Review: The Shoemaker’s Wife

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Triogi If you’re of Italian descent, you’ll love The Shoemaker’s Wife. If your ancestors came over as immigrants, you’ll enjoy the story. If you love opera, you’ll get a thrill. If none of the above, you’ll still learn a lot. This historical novel, based somewhat on the author’s own family, … Continue reading Review: The Shoemaker’s Wife

Review: All the Light We Cannot See

I went into this story, by Anthony Doerr, not knowing what to expect; perhaps a love story between the German boy and the blind girl; perhaps a fantasy about the magic or curse coming from the diamond; perhaps a lesson about greed, or violence, or duty. As it turns out, all of those were small … Continue reading Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Review: The Good Girl

  This book by Mary Kubica is an engrossing story of a kidnap victim suffering from amnesia and Stockholm Syndrome. The author writes in short chapters, changing points of view for each. The timeline also switches from before and after as if addressing questions only as they come up. That should create a confusing mishmash, but … Continue reading Review: The Good Girl