Reviews by Lisa Carr

Eeldrop and Appleplex

by T.S. Eliot

Few poets can write decent fiction, and few fiction writers can write decent poetry. This is not decent fiction.
Eliot does his usual word-work in the piece, but it's a boring and trivial, arch and pretentious "story" with pompous characters.

Reviewed on 2014.11.26

The Lot & Lottie Lottery

by Wallace Irwin

In order for San Bruno to increase its population by 5,000 people (why is never made clear), a group of town boosters decide to raffle off a subdivision lot, the house on it, and a beautiful woman to marry. This was long before there was a state lottery or Indian casinos.
Presumably, the schemers involved are supposed to be admirable. The story is rather dated, and naturally sexism runs through it.
This is not a story for children, as people smoke cigarettes without bad consequences.

Reviewed on 2014.11.24

A Second Home

by Honoré de Balzac

A story that plays with time, that ought to be read at one sitting. It starts in 1816 with an impoverished seamstress in a Paris slum watching a strange man in black. After a while, there is a flashback, then a jump to the future.
Balzac was not an optimist about wealth, love, or human nature. He wrote well and was great at plot. The translation is very good.

Reviewed on 2014.11.22

The Hero

by W. Somerset Maugham

After 5 years in India and fighting in the Boer War, the son of a disgraced army colonel returns home to his village with the Victoria Cross. He is appalled by the bigotry and narrowness of mind of his fiancée, his parents, and the townspeople.
A minor novel by Maugham with a fairly simple plot, told from the hero's point of view. Not the kind of book that endeared him to British rustics.

Reviewed on 2014.11.19

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