In his novel, The Signal Flame, Andrew Krivák guides us through the year 1972 in the life of a Slovak family in rural Pennsylvania as they anxiously await news about Sam, a Vietnam marine reported MIA. The disciplined and quiet elder brother, Bo, is left to care for his widowed mother, Hannah, and his brother’s fiancé, Ruth, in the wake of their grandfather’s sudden… Read More Review: The Signal Flame
Adam Haslett is a master at voice. Imagine Me Gone narrates the devastating effects of mental illness through the testimony of five family members. Each chapter alternates scenes, and even the process of aging is sensory as you hear the characters narrate scenes in their family saga over a 30 year stretch. The early chapter told by Celia,… Read More Review: Imagine Me Gone
Has the gaping crater left by the ravages of European modernism, with all its caricatured secularism and crusading feminism, actually set the stage for a neo-medieval solution? Michel Houellebecq’s satirical novel, Submission, imagines the near-future rise of an Islamic government in France as a welcomed salve to the social deconstruction of post-enlightenment Europe. In a… Read More Review: Submission by Michel Houellebecq
The following is a favorite excerpt from Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (chapter 3). It cracks me up every time I read it. The full book is available for free. Enjoy! The first of the telegrams arrived shortly after noon, and Jeeves brought it in with the before-luncheon snifter. It was from my Aunt Dahlia, operating… Read More Come At Once. Travers.
[Merry] loved mountains, or he had loved the thought of them marching on the edge of stories brought from far away; but now he was borne down by the insupportable weight of Middle-earth. He longed to shut out the immensity in a quiet room by a fire. Tolkein, The Return of the King, 774.
“Are you not thirsty?” said the lion.
“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.… Read More I Make No Promises
Reformed theologians talk of an eternal Covenant of Redemption between the Father and the Son. Milton plunges our imagination into a Trinitarian conspiracy regarding our plight: And now without redemption all mankind Must have been lost, adjudged to death and hell By doom severe, had not the Son of God, In whom the fullness dwells of love… Read More And With His Carcass Glut the Grave