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Charles Dickens (Thorndike Biography) by Jane Smiley
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Jane Smiley's biography of Charles Dickens is not a lengthy book that describes the great man's life from cradle to grave.If you want to read such a life story Peter Ackroyd is your man.Instead Smiley concentrates on Dicken's adult life, putting him forward as the first true celebrity, showing how his subsequent lifestyle affected him and his family's wellbeing.She also depicts his novels, from Pickwick to Edwin Drood, showing how they sold, were received and how his style developed.
Biographies of Dickens are numerous, so where does this version stand?As you would expect of a Pulitzer winner, it is very well written, and serves well as an initial read of Dicken's life and a very… Read more
Good Fiction Guide by Jane Rogers
Good Fiction Guide by Jane Rogers
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good Fiction Guide is a comprehensive, near 500 page volume that, as the title suggests, lists throughout its covers quality writers and their books.This hugely satisfying tome has two main sections.The first quarter of GFG concentrates on "Subject essays", such as crime fiction, and then recommends twelve best books of the genre.
The rest of GFG is an A-Z of authors.Each writer in the list is given a profile, with brief life details and then suggests a good piece of their work to start with, moving you on to more complex books.It even then puts forward similar authors to try.
If you enjoy books that you can dig into at any time, you will love the GFG.I would suggest it should… Read more
My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A BIT OF A FAKE, 1 Jan 2004
Carey's My Life As A Fake is, compared to his previous novels, a huge let down.A very promising idea, the book's plot soon becomes tedious, confusing and eventually quite baffling.As a lover of literature,I was initially very taken with the early segments, but I really feel MLAAF would be far more effective as a short story/novella rather than a padded out 266 pages.