LitPicks Book Reviews—January 2007

 
Labels: A Lighter Touch

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Marley and Me
John Grogan, 2005
305 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
January 2007

My friend Nan called to say she was giving everyone in her family a copy of this book—high praise, indeed, because she isn’t exactly a dog lover. In fact, she doesn't like people who are.

So obviously I was intrigued, all the more so because Nan has unerring literary taste, championing books long before critics get around to them. So maybe she was on to something.
 

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Atonement
Ian McEwan, 2002
480 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
January 2007

His fellow Brits once dubbed him "Ian Macabre" due to his string of dazzling yet morbid novels.

But this time around, Ian McEwan has written a gorgeous, lush book, taking on the genteel shades of Jane Austen, specifically her Northanger Abbey and its young heroine with the over-active imagination that lands her in so much trouble.
 
Labels: Great Works

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Emma
Jane Austen, 1815
560 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
January 2007

Start the new year off with a dance! A brilliant, complex dance—with skip-steps, turns, and sashays. Emma is Austen’s masterpiece, a story in which triple strands of plot bob and weave in and around one another, and Austen never misses a step.

As Austen herself admitted, Emma Woodhouse is a difficult heroine because she’s not particularly likeable.
 

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