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How to Read Like a Book Dragon: a Reader’s Manifesto

How to read like a Book Dragon: a Reader’s Manifesto I am not an ordinary bookworm. I do not crawl around contenting myself on bits and pieces of writing. No, I am a book dragon who treasures books like gold! I … Continue reading

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Literary Appropriation in Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths

If a global library exists in the future, Jorge Luis Borges would be filed under renaissance writer. If his work was a painting, it would be abstract art. Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings is a love confession of a … Continue reading

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Makings of a Madwoman: Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys wrote Wide Sargasso Sea as the prequel to Charlotte Brönte’s novel Jane Eyre, from the perspective of the madwoman Bertha. WSS is the tale of Antoinette Cosway, a young girl in 1830s Jamaica and the circumstances which drive her … Continue reading

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Storytelling Magic: Mary Mackey’s The Year the Horses Came

One of the most admirable things writers do is to embed in the cultures they create. Mary Mackey is a storytelling master who develops worlds so deeply she creates cultural cues, such as songs, which are vital to cultures. In … Continue reading

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Specific Details and Word Choices: William Gibson’s Neuromancer

Gibson create a flawed character who is a “cowboy” (54) and set him up against an artificial intelligence called “Wintermute” (248). But he isn’t just a hacker—that would have been too simple. Instead, he is a drugged-out hacker who can’t … Continue reading

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Capturing Character: J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy explores the gaping hole left by Barry Fairbrother’s absence when he unexpectedly dies. It is a darkly comical novel set in the little town of Pagford, England. J. K. Rowling is a master storyteller … Continue reading

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Pathos, Ethos, and Logos in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Let every people bring their gifts to the great festival of the world’s cultural harvest and mankind will be all the richer for the variety and distinctiveness of the offerings. – Chinua Achebe (PCSR 76)   All African writers are … Continue reading

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The 2017 Reading Challenge

  Are you up for a fun reading challenge? Let’s read. Darlene    

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