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Thursday, August 21, 2014

History Lesson
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 read.

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.
 
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:


Columbia 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 War II
Forty-Thirty 
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast

Bethlehem

Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood

 

 

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 fifth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
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the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA
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For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,