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Mon, 02 Oct 2006


Umerto Eco, The Name of the Rose, Everyman

Toni Morrison, Beloved, Everyman

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Everyman

Roald Dahl, Collected Stories, Everyman

We got a nice clump of books from Everyman the other day. These titles are what one might call modern classics and are their usual, being nicely-bound, nicely printed (with a ribbon for place marking even), and all at a reasonable price. The only quibble some people might have is with the different colored slip covers - different from the black and white that is, not different from each other. Perhaps modern classics buyers are more colorful people. Who knows.

There is some varied reading in these four volumes. "The Name of the Rose" is a murder mystery set in a 14th century monastery. That alone wouldn't have made it the critical and commercial success it was had it not been for the loving exploration of the time - a time just leading into the rennaissance with it's explosion of ideas and invention.

"Beloved" is American Gothic and "The Handmaid's Tale" is a dystopic thriller that presages the modern surveillance state quite, well, we won't say nicely.

And Roal Dahl's stories should be known to most people. Provocative, mischievious, and imaginative are some words used to describe his stories. Fun might be another, but definately fun of a noir nature.

Nice bundle.

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