Time to go veggie? Max Barry’s “Jennifer Government”

Max Barry’s novel “Jennifer Government” (2003) is one of the best novels I have read recently. Similar in style to Huxley’s dystopian, satirical “Brave New World”, Barry’s comic exploration of modern society is full of brilliantly humorous moments and scarily possible (or probable?) predictions about the future. According to this account of the not-so-distant fate of the USA, the balance between the power of the … Continue reading Time to go veggie? Max Barry’s “Jennifer Government”

A Neglected Classic: Mildred Taylor, “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry” (1976)

Last weekend I went into a bookshop chain and saw copies of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman arrayed on a table just inside the door, waiting to be lifted by the hordes of Christmas shoppers anxious to please bookish friends and relatives this year. There has been a lot of disappointed, indignant, or outraged talk recently about Go Set a Watchman – the sequel to … Continue reading A Neglected Classic: Mildred Taylor, “Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry” (1976)

Places and pies in Edith Wharton’s “Ethan Frome” (1911)

Welcome back to the Literary Kitchen! As the last leaves fall and December arrives we leave Belfast (see the last post below) to embark on the long journey to the New World. More specifically, to the symbolically named Starkfield, New England, at the turn of the twentieth century. Spaces and places are central to all of Wharton’s novels, and Ethan Frome is no exception. However, … Continue reading Places and pies in Edith Wharton’s “Ethan Frome” (1911)