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Not for a while have I had the privilege to read a book that so eloquently depicts what it means to be human both in the face of extreme suffering and in life in general. Dorrigo Evans is a young surgeon enlisted in the Australian Army who finds himself a prisoner of war in one of the camps working on the Thai-Burma Railway or as…Continue
One thing about the outlaw Ned Kelly; few people are neutral in their opinion of him. Some, like myself, have a juvenile fascination with his legendary exploits and tend to find something heroic in what one writer has described as a “homicidal clown.” Others dismiss him as a bloodthirsty thug, like my dear wife who consistently refers to the image on my Paddy’s Market souvenir t-shirts as “stupidhead.” Perhaps the truth is somewhere in between, but after reading this book I am beginning to…Continue
Started by Kim Allen Scott in Biography Mar 5.
I had put off reading this novel as long as I could, because I know I am going to miss Inspector Morse. For thirteen novels author Colin Dexter has built up a character that has become as familiar as an old friend to me; the irascible, cantankerous, bilious Endeavour Morse. Like Sherlock Holmes, Horatio Hornblower, and other fictional characters that some people confuse with actual persons, Morse is presented in these stories with increasing depth of character, making him (rather than the…Continue
Started by Kim Allen Scott in Detective/Mystery/Crime Feb 21.
This review was written by Cynthia Haskell, a member of the Tuesday Evening Book Club.Published in 2012, The Paris Wife is a fictionalised account of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage to Hadley Richardson by American author Paula McLain, with whom many readers may be unfamiliar, as I was. This book’s major selling point is that it has been a long-standing New York best seller. However, it seems to be the author’s second attempt to break into ‘fiction’. Her other publications include non-fiction…Continue
Started by Tuesday evening book club in Historical Feb 6.