Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sympathy for the Devil: Middle-aged dad is on a desperate quest to find his daughter

In writing, plagiarism is the ultimate crime. Except when it’s the ultimate homage. Theft has a long and proud history in literature, from the shameless lifting of words to the wholesale plundering of ideas. The ancient poet Virgil (he died … Continue reading

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A tiny perfect private war: John Le Carré returns

A Delicate Truth is spy thriller virtuoso John le Carré’s 23rd novel, and it’s a meditation on the War on Terror that was launched on Sept. 11, 2001. The debate ever since has centred on how far one should go … Continue reading

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Two Days in the lives of multiple murderers: You’ll find out whodunit… eventually

You might consider this unforgivable: This column features two books you can’t read. Or at least, you can’t read them yet. Because they’re part of the Lennoxville Library’s upcoming Adopt-A-Book campaign, launching Oct. 2. American author Judy Dailey grew up … Continue reading

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A kiss is just a kiss, but all’s fair in love and war

As much as we might like the world to be a simple, simplistic place, there is no clear line between war and peace. The two novels in today’s column make the point quite clearly.   And history can also live … Continue reading

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