Category: 2010 TBR

Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams

Summary: Watership Down is like a psychic-Rabbit equivalent of The Grapes of Wrath, except Richard Adams is not quite the writer that John Steinbeck is. At the start, a small group of rabbits from a relatively peaceful, advantageous warren leave their home at the… Continue Reading “Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams”

Review: Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Summary Kurt Vonnegut’s  The Sirens of Titan: A Novel is another brilliant morality tale of science meets religion meets the future meets politics and “so it goes.”  This novel seems to take on, full scale, the battle between omniscient destiny and free will. In… Continue Reading “Review: Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut”

Review: Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White

Summary: The Beautiful Room is Empty picks up shortly after where White’s earlier memoir, A Boy’s Own Story, leaves off.  This work discusses not just the growth of boy-into-man, but also gives a historical account of the period. The 1950s and 1960s – the… Continue Reading “Review: Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White”

Review: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Summary: Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is an intense, harrowing account of one family’s struggle to survive, after being dislocated from their Oklahoma ranch and forced to move to California – land of prosperity for work.  The Joad family and their local (former) preacher,… Continue Reading “Review: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck”

The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen

Summary  Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris is an intriguing novel of love, secrets, betrayal, youth, family, and friendship.  There’s a whole lot wrapped up in this novel of fewer than 300 pages, but the separation into three distinct segments allows for much ground… Continue Reading “The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen”