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A Long Homecoming

The novelist Elizabeth Strout left Maine, but it didn’t leave her.<p>Just outside the town of Brunswick, Maine, the Harpswell Road runs along a finger of land poking into the ocean. It passes clapboard houses and mobile homes, stands of red-tipped sumac and pine, a few farms, a white Congregational …

Popular Fiction

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

This account of one man’s rejection of American society has influenced generations of free thinkers<p>On Independence Day 1845, an idealistic young American (Thoreau was just 28) turned his back on what he saw as his country’s depressing materialism, its commercial and industrial soullessness and took …

Literature

Lost in translation

How often does Hollywood turn a great book into a great movie?<p>The search began from a place of pity.<p>We’d just received our latest Netflix DVD, Ewan McGregor’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral,” which came and went last fall with hardly a poof of …

Literature

Poem of the week: In the Evening by Anna Akhmatova

Translated by the late Richard McKane, this strikingly love-deprived love poem is a fine example of the author’s intense focus on personal experience<p><b>In the Evening</b><p>There was such inexpressible sorrow<br>in the music in the garden.<br>The dish of oysters on ice<br>smelt fresh and sharp of the sea.<p>He said to me …

Poetry

Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Creates a Chilling Man’s World

A decade ago, Elisabeth Moss began co-starring in “Mad Men,” which among other things was about how women were objectified and subjugated — in the past, the 1960s, the bad old days.<p>In Hulu’s spectacular “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ms. Moss is Offred, a baby-making slave in the Republic of Gilead, which …

Literature

A Gift from Darkness review – harrowing account of a Boko Haram kidnapping

Patience Ibrahim and co-writer Andrea C Hoffmann craft a vivid and valuable account of trauma and survival<p>This harrowing book, subtitled How I Escaped With My Daughter from Boko Haram, tells the story of newly pregnant 19-year-old Nigerian Patience, whose husband and mother were murdered by …

Nigeria

Book Review: ‘Invisible Libraries’ is a guide to libraries created in many minds

Inevitably, it all began with Borges, as ‘Invisible Libraries’ reveals.<p>In the library of “Birkertsia”, during a conversation undocumented by the …

Literature

Novel Inspiration for Kids

Books About Kids Who are Bent on Exploration<p>Inspiration comes in all forms; for some of us, the books we read as a child instill an unquenchable …

Literature

An Interview with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

<i>NG</i><i>Ũ</i><i>GĨ</i><i> WA THIONG’O is</i><i> a world-renowned Kenyan writer, scholar, and social activist.</i> <i>Ngũgĩ</i><i>’s diverse body of work includes novels, short stories, plays,</i> …

Literature

Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’): ‘For me it’s not a feminist story, it’s a human story’ [WATCH]

“For me it’s not a feminist story, it’s a human story because women’s rights are human rights,” said <b>Elisabeth Moss</b> at the world premiere of her Hulu …

Feminism

The Explorer’s History of Korean Fiction in Translation: War and Separation

By Charles Montgomery The LARB Korea Blog is currently featuring selections from The Explorer’s History of Korean Fiction in Translation, Charles …

Literature

Vlad the (Insect) Impaler: LIFE With Nabokov and His Butterflies

Vladimir Nabokov looks at a butterfly, Ithaca, N.Y., 1958.<br>Carl Mydans—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>1 of 13<p>On anyone's list of the 20th century's …

Literature

Spectator competition winners: Was Thomas Hardy a stalker?

The call for letters from a fictional character to his, hers or its creator complaining about their portrayal brought in a mammoth entry bristling with outrage.<p>John Milton was bombarded with complaints by the thoroughly hacked-off cast of Paradise Lost. Wodehouse, too, got it in the neck from a …

Literature

Rabbi Jack Moline's Resistance Reading

We asked a range of authors, artists, and poets to name books that bring solace or understanding in this age of rancor. Two dozen or so responded. …

Literature

Is Chetan Bhagat’s Proposed Inclusion In DU’s English Syllabus A Step In The Wrong Direction?

The fact that students read Chetan Bhagat in reputed colleges like DU might be a source of consternation for many Indian literature enthusiasts, but …

Literature

Voice from the Stone Review

Voice from the Stone Review: Emilia Clarke gives a solid performance in this beautifully crafted romantic horror filmIf you’re a fan of Roger …

Literature

Moral Culpability In Genre Fiction

PostedSunday, April 23rd, 2017 03:00 pm GMT -4by Steven Murphy<p>Any fan of comics and genre movies know that good guys and bad guys periodically switch …

Popular Fiction

Strange Labyrinth by Will Ashon review – summoning the spirits of Epping Forest

A cast of highwaymen, psychics and joggers populates Will Ashon’s glorious foray into the London woodland<p>Ten years ago, you couldn’t walk 10 paces in Hackney or Peckham without bumping into a <i>flâneur</i> botanising the tarmac, but as London continues to gentrify even the psychogeographers are being …

Literature

Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists review – a passionate project

Donna Seaman resurrects forgotten artists and their work in inspiring fashion<p>In this passionate book, Seaman (daughter of artist Elayne Seaman) asks why seven American female artists – Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Loïs Mailou Jones, Ree Morton, Joan Brown, Christina Ramberg, Lenore Tawney …

Literature

East London review – a journey through Apple-tinted glasses

Charles Saumarez Smith’s ‘connoisseur’s’ tour of the East End is enjoyable but unashamedly whimsical<p>Who will admit to being a gentrifier? Who will confess to being part of that rent-inflating urban scourge, over which so many hands are wrung, that lays a plague of artisanal bread and absurd beards …

London

Francesca Segal: ‘I think there are multiple awkward ages’

The award-winning novelist on life’s transitional stages, and her father – the man who wrote Love Story<p>Francesca Segal was born in 1980 in north-west London, where she lives today. Her debut novel, <i>The Innocents</i>, won the 2012 Costa first novel award and the Betty Trask award. Her new novel, <i>The</i> …

Literature

Dr Lucy Kalanithi: 'Two years on, the sting of losing Paul is finally fading'

Paul Kalanithi’s wife should be thrilled that his memoir, an instant New York Times bestseller, has just been shortlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for autobiographies. Instead, she has mixed feelings.<p>“It’s bittersweet watching it do so well because Paul isn’t here to …

Literature

Debut novel a breakthrough, wins tops award

Katherena Vermette and her debut novel took home the province’s top literary prize Saturday night.<p>Her novel <i>The Break</i>, published by House of Anansi …

Fiction Writing

World Book Day 2017: Inspiring Quotes About Books And Reading

April 23 every year marks World Book Day. This year the event falls Sunday.<p>Books have been a source of pleasure for several people and many will …

Literature

Jessa Crispin: ‘Today’s feminists are bland, shallow and lazy’

Rachel Cooke talks to Jessa Crispin about her incendiary new book, Why I Am Not a Feminist<p>In her slender but merciless new book, Jessa Crispin pours petrol over pretty much the entire surface of 21st-century feminism, and then gleefully sets it alight. Boom! Up it goes, leaving behind only scorched …

Feminism

'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Among A Resurgence Of Dystopian Literature

<i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> by Margaret Atwood was a best-seller list after the 2016 election. We reread the dystopian classic to prep for a new TV miniseries that begins next week.

Literature

HBO's Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks pits a family legacy against the greater good

The airy montage of 1950s history and medical science that opens HBO’s <i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i> temporarily grinds to a halt over a seemingly inconsequential detail — its title character’s name.<p>Biologist George Gey (Reed Birney) has cultivated “HeLa” — the world’s first “eternal” line of …

Literature

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout review – masterful chronicler of small-town America

With her gentle gift for unmasking human vulnerability, Elizabeth Strout has a touch of John Steinbeck and Anne Tyler<p>For years, I didn’t read Elizabeth Strout. If I’m honest, I was put off by the titles, which seemed to be snatched from the noticeboard of a particularly cultivated old people’s …

Literature

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

About The Signature of All Things<p><b>A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times</b> …

Literature

Nonfiction Book Review: I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet. Holt, $30 (368p) ISBN 978-1-62779-897-6

I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad<p>Souad Mekhennet. Holt, $30 (368p) ISBN 978-1-62779-897-6<p><i>Washington Post</i> correspondent …

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