Another tedious novel

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak I read the review in TLS—a magazine that, while dominated by lefties as all literary, academic and cultural outlets are today, publishes some detailed and thought-provoking reviews not drowning in the progressive point of view—so...

Four good books

When I am beset with anguish and worry about our Western civilization being gored, maybe fatally, by the leftist cant of equality, I console myself with Plato’s (424-347 BC) lament: “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey...

Picking diamonds from a sea of rhinestones

I love rhinestones in fashion because they add sparkle to a day suit and glamour to an evening on the town. But in fiction, only diamonds will do, with a story that absorbs me during its reading and continues to intrigue long after the reading is done. Intrigue me to...

A walk in the deep past

I read and read and read, and become pickier and pickier and pickier in the books I deem worthy of my attention. My Christmas book list has had too many misses the last couple of years, with too many books not living up to their reviews. But one on my 2015 list lived...

The Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante

I am a reader and have been from the beginning of my literate life at 4 years old. Which means I have read an awful lot of books, literature of the English-speaking world with great literature—many by dead, white males—featuring prominently. Postmodernism leaves me...