Category: PhD

Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 52 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. That Old Cape Magic might be one of my favorite reads of the year.  The main character, Jack Griffin, is the son… Continue Reading “Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo”

Review: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 46 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting, believable, and impactful. Anne Tyler’s 1982 novel Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner… Continue Reading “Review: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler”

Review: The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 42 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion is considered to be (by its narrator) “the saddest story” ever told.  The implication… Continue Reading “Review: The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford”

Review: Seize the Day by Saul Bellow

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 40 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting and believable. Poor Tommy Wilhelm.  Lost, jobless, loveless, and completely devoid of pride or any self-confidence.  This is Tommy’s day of reckoning.  When the novella… Continue Reading “Review: Seize the Day by Saul Bellow”

Fall Reading List (Ph.D.)

Hi, Folks! This is just a quick post, listing my reading lists for this Fall.  I’m starting my Ph.D. program and these are the texts that my classes will be reading/discussing.  If anyone sees something interesting here (what’s NOT interesting on this list, I… Continue Reading “Fall Reading List (Ph.D.)”