Making Money

Making MoneyMaking Money by Owen Johnson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The story of four English lads that went to New York to make their fortune in life. There’s only one problem with that premise; they weren’t English; they were American boys from an ivy league school. The disconnect is irreconcilable.

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The Diary of a Nobody

The Diary of a NobodyThe Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A satirical take on the tell all trend, which apparently existed even in those days. The milquetoast Mr. Pooter, the butt of jokes and creator of his own, chronicles the banalities of English life in the 1890’s for the common man. With his small circle of friends, devoted wife and uncorrigible son, Pooter sounds like a ‘regular guy,’ and as it turns out, he was. My understanding is that this was serialized back in the day, and that would have made it much more digestible than it is here, packed into a single book. Still, there is some amusement to the travails and small victories that made up Pooter’s day(s). A fairly quick read, although to have it all in one volume seemed like taking the joke to the extreme.

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PersuasionPersuasion by Jane Austen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book has received good reviews and is highly praised. It makes me think I was reading a different book. It was a meandering, painfully boring story, full of unpalatable jerks and their mechanical, almost robotic lifestyle. But then, you can make that case with just about any group of people. This is Jane Austen’s version.

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Hard Times

Hard TimesHard Times by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the risk of provoking the ire of Josiah Bounderby, I’m going to review this book with a sense of wonder and comment on the imagination that made Charles Dickens one of the great writers of his era-or any era for that matter.

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The Damned

The DamnedThe Damned by Algernon Blackwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Algernon Blackwood beat Walter Gibson to the punch with this meme, albeit nothing actually happened with Blackwood’s shadow.

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