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Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Sometimes reading and reviewing a novel is like completing a school assignment. You know, the dreaded book reports we
all had to write for English Literature. I, for one, wrote so many of them in high school and college that writing reviews
now comes naturally to me. And most of the time, I enjoy the process and, of course, the writing. Not like cut and dry school
assignments at all. But there are rare times when doing so becomes an onerous chore. Reading and reviewing Notes from Underground by Roger Scruton is one of them.
In essence, this novel set in Prague on the cusp of the Czechoslovakian rebellion in the 1970s is supposed to be a love story. But, in reality, it is a dogmatic history lesson.
One must dig deep to find, enjoy, and savor the romance. This is by no means a pan, but a cautionary observation. If you're
looking for a novel that both instructs your mind as well as moves your heart, then you just might enjoy this often difficult
Your lesson for this week is to bus yourself on over to www.authorexposure.com, read my review, and then read Scuton's literary offering. Writing and handing in a book report is optional.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.