Short Story Collection

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Analysis

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Analysis

Insanity runs rampant through the American Midwest, whether due to boredom, loneliness, alcohol, or the violently cold weather. The characters within this collection move through their normal lives as their minds fall deeper into a barrage of words that rattle both them and the reader. The first four stories each show a different form of …

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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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Dubliners James Joyce review

Dubliners James Joyce Review

The Collection: James Joyce wrote the stories that eventually became Dubliners between 1905 and its publication in 1914. It is one of our first works (if not the first work) of modernist prose. It takes us from childhood to old age, following characters in their struggle with daily life in Dublin, Ireland. The stories tell …

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Review

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Analysis and Review

Introduction: The decaying theme park CivilWarLand finds itself hiring a mentally deranged Vietnam War veteran to protect the park from gangs; an obese employee at a faux-humane raccoon pest control agency suffers ridicule from his coworkers; a man working at a wave-making machine suffers the emotional repercussions of having accidentally killed a boy. These are …

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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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Goodbye, Columbus analysis

Goodbye Columbus Analysis and Review

Introduction: Goodbye, Columbus is Philip Roth’s first book, consisting of a novella and five of his early short stories. In this book, Roth begins his prolific career and we can see his first time exploring the themes he would one day become famous for: sexuality, guilt, hate, discrimination, hypocrisy, aging, and what it means to …

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