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Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson Fredrik Welin, our first person narrator, lives alone on an island he inherited…

The son by

translated from French by Adriana Hunter It is eleven days since our first person narrator has died. He was just…

Light in August by

Lena Grove is looking for her man. The father of her unborn child. He told her that he’d go ahead,…

Disgrace by

David Lurie lives a very contained and well-run life. He is a professor in Cape Town, mostly he lectures in…

The Ice Palace by

Siss is on her way through the dark evening to meet Unn. They have been going to school together ever…

This side of brightness by

In the early 1900s New York’s subway was in the process of being excavated. Working as sandhog was decent enough…

To the lighthouse by

Ramsay wants to go to the lighthouse. His mother says that yes, of course they can go tomorrow, weather permitting. His father disagrees. The weather will not permit it, he asserts, they will not go to the lighthouse.

Much of this novel revolves around the one afternoon and evening before this proposed trip to the lighthouse. The Ramsay family, maternal and magnificent mother, needy professor father and all eight children are staying in their holiday home in the Isle of Skye. With them are a number of other guests, Lily Briscoe the painter. William Banks, Augustus Carmichael, and Charles Tansey.

Jane Eyre by

Jane Eyre’s parents die when she is an infant, and she is taken in by her uncle. Her uncle also…

Manon Lescaut by

Read online – Gutenberg This is a book I would never have picked up if not for the fact that…

A town like Alice by

In post World War II England Jean Paget is tracked down by a solicitor. She is the only surviving member…

The crane wife by

Part of my Once Upon a Time reading. George is an American ex-pat living in England. He has been there…

A week in winter by

Chicky left her home on the west coast of Ireland and headed off to America after a whirl-wind romance. Full…

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