The Girls by Emma Cline Book Review

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Mr. Fox Review

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By: Helen Oyeyemi

Fiction

324 pages

What makes a marriage? Is it the end of fairytale romance? It might be if your husband is the writer Mr Fox, who does devilish things to the heroines of his stories. His wife is unable to change his ways, but when his imaginary muse, Mary Foxe conjures herself one sunny afternoon and confronts him, things take an unexpected turn.

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This Side of Paradise Review

This Side of Paradise Cover

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fiction

288 pages

This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s romantic and witty first novel, was written when the author was only twenty-three years old. This semi-autobiographical story of the handsome, indulged, and idealistic Princeton student Amory Blaine received critical raves and catapulted Fitzgerald to instant fame. 

 

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Stories Review

While I haven’t read all of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work, here are some of my condensed thoughts on some of his short stories.

Bernice Bobs Her Hair: Overall this was a light fluff piece with a slightly darker ending. An interesting fact is that Fitzgerald himself labeled this short story as trash. While I wouldn’t go that far, this story does lack the substance that normally exists in Fitzgerald’s more serious work. As well, I found racist Native American references to be largely unnecessary.

The Offshore Pirate: The romance itself is much like any modern romance: a formulaic guilty pleasure that is slightly sexist. Ardita, the main female character, does manage to pull off the impossible by not completely annoying me. Seriously, Fitzgerald has a talent for writing rich, entitled female characters in way that keeps me interested and not off-the-handle angry. (Largely due to his relationship with his wife Zelda, I’m sure.)

However, the romance aside, I was most surprised by the blatant racism in it, and I don’t just mean he used the word “negro”. In the background, the black characters thanklessly push forward the plot with odd moonlit dinners and atmospheric “exotic” dance music…like seriously, whyyy? Plus, the plot twist at the end unravels any characterization the black characters may have had.

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Age of Innocence Review

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By: Edith Wharton

Fiction

305 pages

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.”

This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.

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Station Eleven Review

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By: Emily St. John Mandel

Fiction

336 pages

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

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