Monthly Archives: June 2020

Goodbye to Reading Ireland Month 2020

Well that’s a wrap for Reading Ireland Month 2020! Despite a wobble of confidence midway through, I’m glad I kept going and actually found the whole …

Goodbye to Reading Ireland Month 2020
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Posted by on June 16, 2020 in fiction


Mr. Sammler’s Planet

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I started Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet February 6. Bellow’s one of my favorite writers and I was looking forward to a story I hadn’t read. I picked it up and put it down again after again. Often weeks went by when I didn’t pick it up.

Mr. Sammler survived the Holocaust and went on to become a fairly successful professor in New York. The novel’s a slice of life as he runs across a wide array of relatives and associates who aggravate him. He’s perceptive and erudite. The main plot involves him having to track down a colleague’s manuscript and he has to go from one person to the next and they all have messy lives. He muses a lot about all these people, whom he analyzes ad nauseam.

After months of trying to get into this book, I’ve given up. While I admit that Bellow always has good style, but I wasn’t drawn to any of the characters and their plight didn’t grab me. As I was half way through the book, I didn’t think it was worth spending more time on so I’ve abounded it.

If you want to try Saul Bellow, start with The Adventures of Augie March. That’s quite a ride.

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Posted by on June 14, 2020 in book review, fiction, Nobel Prize


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Poem of the Week

Sonnet 3 By William Shakespeare Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair …

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Posted by on June 7, 2020 in fiction