Back to Methuselah, by George Bernard Shaw, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Sometimes I have to force myself to proceed with a book on my ‘should read’ list, usually based on a preconceived bias against the author or topic. Back to Methuselah (A Metabiological Pentateuch) certainly is an example. I have pushed off reading it for years, mostly due to a dislike of George Bernard Shaw‘s social/political views which seemingly would take center stage in this book … Continue reading Back to Methuselah, by George Bernard Shaw, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, by Anatole France, Limited Editions Club (1937)

Anatole France (1844-1924) was one of the great writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, producing many works, the most famous of which include L’Île des Pingouins (Penguin Island) in 1908 and La Revolte des Anges (The Revolt of the Angels) in 1914. The publication of Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard) in 1881, his second work of prose fiction, is the work that made France famous. France … Continue reading The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, by Anatole France, Limited Editions Club (1937)

The Warden, by Anthony Trollope, Limited Editions Club (1955)

Diving deeply into Anthony Trollope’s The Warden is like time traveling to the middle of the Victorian era. The pace, the settings, the characters and the mood all contribute to immersing the reader into this oft thought of time and place. While the story is not exciting, overly deep or page-turning, its value comes from its aura of familiar commonality; it’s ability to convey what … Continue reading The Warden, by Anthony Trollope, Limited Editions Club (1955)