Classics · Review

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carrie Meeber, a young woman from Wisconsin, moves to Chicago in the 19th Century in hopes of finding work and becoming successful in whatever she does. When she finally gets to her sister’s, she has trouble finding and keeping work as an inexperienced worker. She meets a dandy traveling salesman on the train who helps her find her way in Chicago—for a price. What ensues is materialism, love affairs, and a fight for survival. Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser, is a critique on capitalism and a spectacle of power and industry.

Classics · Review

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

A Bostonian woman, the unnamed narrator, moves to Dunnet, Maine, a small coastal town. Mrs. Almira Todd, her landlord, keeps her company and invites her into the town and its history. The narrator rents a schoolhouse so she can focus on writing her novel and interviews some major figures in the town. Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed First introduces a small town in Maine from the outsider’s perspective in chapters that are like short stories.

Book Tags · Classics

Classic Remarks: Adapting Classics for Younger Readers

Classic Remarks is a weekly meme hosted by Briana and Krysta @ Pages Unbound. Every Friday, a new question about classic literature is posed each week. Participants and their readers engage in discussions “about canon formation, the ‘timelessness’ of literature, and modes of interpretation.” From what I see, the classics canon includes modern classics, like… Continue reading Classic Remarks: Adapting Classics for Younger Readers

Children's Literature · Classics · Modern Fantasy · Review

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Synopsis from the Back Cover: “Come away, come away!” is Peter Pan’s irresistible call to the Darling children — and to generations of readers who have traveled with him to Neverland and all the secret places in a child’s heart. With a magic and emotional appeal unmatched by any other story, Barrie’s Peter Pan speaks… Continue reading Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Classics · Nonfiction · Review

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince was written by Niccolò Machiavelli. It was written for Medici, the prince of Florence at the time. The time period was the Renaissance, but has many applications to politics today. He wrote it as a practical guide to ruling, specifically ruling principalities. It is not particularly theoretical or abstract; its prose is simple and… Continue reading The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Classics · Review

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is about a group of English schoolboys whom are plane-wrecked on a deserted island. They were being evacuated from England in World War II and had crashed. There are no living adults on the island. At first, the boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, build shelters, and maintain… Continue reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Children's Literature · Classics · Review

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery is the first novel in the Emily trilogy. It depicts life through the eyes of Emily Byrd Starr. In the beginning of the novel, Emily becomes an orphan after her father dies of consumption. She is then taken in by her Murray family. It is decided that she… Continue reading Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery