Category: The 10 Books of Summer 2013

Pick it Up Already: The Little Prince Wake Up Call 2

Pick it Up Already: The Little Prince Wake Up Call

Five years ago, I studied abroad in China and met a guy who sat at the entry of the dormitory and practiced his English on me while I sat on the cold marble floor...

10 Books of Summer 2013 – The World’s Wife 1

10 Books of Summer 2013 – The World’s Wife

The World’s Wife is as crafty and powerful as the imagined female rulers featured in the collection.  On Wednesday, I introduced The World’s Wife and if you haven’t read it yet, that introduction can...

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby – A Sudden Emptiness 2

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby – A Sudden Emptiness

“A sudden emptiness seemed to flow now from the windows and the great doors, endowing with complete isolation the figure of the host, who stood on the porch, his hand up in a formal...

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- The Few Honest People 2

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- The Few Honest People

“Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” We’re always taught as children that...

10 Books of Summer 2013 – Wednesday Wake-up Call for The World’s Wife 4

10 Books of Summer 2013 – Wednesday Wake-up Call for The World’s Wife

‘A melange of history lesson, fairy-tale and modern-day domestic tragedy’ — Scotsman An Introduction The first thing which struck me about The World’s Wife was how much fun it was to read and how it...

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- Their Vast Carelessness 5

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- Their Vast Carelessness

“They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness.” Carelessness. It comes up all the time in this novel. I think the cultural context of the...

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- Both Within and Without 8

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- Both Within and Without

“Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.” When I first read The Great Gatsby a few years ago, I thought that Fitzgerald had somehow failed with his narration technique. I had just read...

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- The Mystery of Jay Gatsby 1

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- The Mystery of Jay Gatsby

“One time he killed a man who found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil.” Jay Gatsby. The man who came from nowhere. The man who stands...

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- The Roaring Twenties 6

10 Books of Summer: The Great Gatsby- The Roaring Twenties

Hi everyone! welcome to our First Book of Summer, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. I am incredibly excited to be running discussions on this book, and today’s topic I especially enjoy: the...

10 Books of Summer 2013-  Wake Up Call for The Great Gatsby 1

10 Books of Summer 2013- Wake Up Call for The Great Gatsby

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” -The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald