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Surfacing Margaret Atwood Review

Surfacing Margaret Atwood Review

An unnamed narrator, her new lover Joe, and a married couple, David and Anna, travel into the Canadian wilderness in search of the narrator’s missing father. They come across his abandoned home and settle down as the narrator moves through nostalgic memories of childhood and unspecific memories of her recently failed marriage. As they move …

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Dhalgren Review

Dhalgren Review and Analysis

The city of Bellona lies dying at the center of America. There has been some event that left it in this state, uncommunicative with the outside world as those other cities around it move on through normal day-to-day life. A young man who has forgotten his name and his past, soon to be dubbed The …

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The Beggar Maid Alice Munro Analysis

The Beggar Maid Alice Munro Analysis and Review

Introduction Rose is a young girl who lives at home in a poor Canadian town know as Hanratty. She lives with her step-mother Flo, her father, and her half-brother Brian. In this collection (originally titled, Who Do You Think You Are?), Alice Munro takes the reader through Rose’s life in a series of ten connected …

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Taxi Driver Review

Taxi Driver Review

Travis Bickle, a Vietnam veteran, at a medical level suffers from mental instability, at a societal level suffers from bigotry, and at a personal level from loneliness and the inability to connect with anyone around him. He cannot sleep and so drives his taxi around at incredibly late hours while staring out the windows at, …

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Aguirre the Wrath of God analysis

Aguirre the Wrath of God Analysis and Review

In the 1560s, a group of conquistadores trek further into the Amazon. In a moment of disloyalty to their homeland, brought on by the madness they are suffering through their pointless trek, they elect Don de Guzman as the new king of this land. While traveling down the river on their make-shift raft, he sits …

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something i've been meaning to tell you Book

Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You Book Review

Introduction: In this collection, seemingly insignificant life events pile up in the characters’ lives, forcing them to realize that these moments are what life is made of – allowing them to look back in time to explore their lives or the lives of those they’ve lost. Alice Munro creates a tapestry of characters experiencing these …

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Halloween 1978 Review

Halloween 1978 Review

Introduction John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) introduced the iconic fictional serial killer, Michael Myers (known in this film’s credits as The Shape). Even over 40 years later, the movie still is able to provide a brilliantly creepy atmosphere. It contains few jump-scares and instead relies on the persistent sense of being watched and stalked. It uses …

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The Fifth Head of Cerberus

The Fifth Head of Cerberus Explanation and Review

The Fifth Head of Cerberus is Gene Wolfe’s second published work following Operation Ares. Previous to reading this, I have read the five books of his Book of the New Sun series twice and then Peace. It has been a while since these reads, but I was excited to get back into Gene Wolfe. The …

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Annie Hall analysis

Annie Hall Analysis and Review

Note: This is an early post where I was still developing my writing style and analysis skills. I think and hope there is something to be gained from my early posts, but I don’t hold them at the same standard as my newer ones. I am of course keeping them up because I still enjoy …

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre review

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Review

Note: This is an early post where I was still developing my writing style and analysis skills. I think and hope there is something to be gained from my early posts, but I don’t hold them at the same standard as my newer ones. I am of course keeping them up because I still enjoy …

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