Reviews by Waldo Gemio

Aaron Trow

by Anthony Trollope

Unextraordinary tale about the eponymous escaped convict set in Bermuda in the days when it was a convict island, Trow's attack on a clergyman's fiancee, and the subsequent pursuit. If this were a movie, it would have a couple of good set-pieces but there's nothing new or unique here.

Reviewed on 2010.02.14

The Unbearable Bassington

by Saki

Francesca Bassington hopes that her charming but recalcitrant son, Cosmo, will endear himself enough to the wealthy Elaine Frey to become engaged to her, thereby solving their financial worries. But 'the unbearable Bassington' has to compete with an up-and-coming and equally selfish politician, Courtenay Youghal. The scene is set for a great deal of sharp humour, elegant writing, and strangely moving insights into the human condition. 'Saki' (H H Munro) pulls off the difficult trick of making the reader ultimately sympathise with an eminently unlikeable anti-hero. Much of the writing is suffused with elegiac poetry, too. If you only know Saki through the short stories, this novel is full of pleasant surprises. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 2009.04.18

A Difficult Problem

by Anna Katharine Green

Run-of-the-mill detection in which a murderer is tracked down by the unnamed narrator in record time. No surprises here.

Reviewed on 2009.04.07

A Bachelor's Dream

by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

Perfectly readable tale of a middle-aged doctor's nearly disastrous love for a woman he rescues from a stabbing. The doctor and the mysterious beauty are very well characterised, as are all the incidental characters, and a certain amount of tension is reached before the conclusion. All the same, I won't be rushing to read anything else by Hungerford.

Reviewed on 2009.03.16

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