Making Money

Making 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 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. […]

Persuasion

Persuasion 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 […]

Hard Times

Hard 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 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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