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A review of Jorge Luis Borges – The Sonnets

Ye, whose aspirings court the Muse of lays “Severest of those orders which belong Distinct and separate to Delphic song” Why shun the sonnet’s undulating maze? Or why its name, boast of Petrarcan days, Assume, its rules disown’d?–whom from the throng The Muse selects, their ear the charm obeys Of its full harmony:–they fear to… Read More »

40 Rules of Love Review

The Forty Rules of Love By: Elif Shafak Paige’s Rating: (5) of 5 Recommended for: Love and Spirituality Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives- one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz-that together incarnate the poet’s… Read More »

Girl With Pearl Earring Review

Girl With a Pearl Earring By: Tracy Chevalier Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Recommended for: Historic Fiction Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer’s prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel’s quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master.… Read More »

Water for Elephants Review

Water for Elephants By: Sara Gruen Paige’s Rating: (3) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Fiction/Romance Readers Though he may not speak of them, the memories still dwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories of himself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular… Read More »

Atlas Shrugged Review

Atlas Shrugged By: Ayn Rand Paige’s Rating: (1) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Masochists Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read.… Read More »

The Bastard of Istanbul Review

The Bastard of Istanbul By: Elif Shafak Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Fiction/ Culture Readers When The Bastard of Istanbul was published in Turkey, Elif Shafak was accused by nationalist lawyers of insulting Turkish identity. The charges were later dropped, and now readers in America can discover for themselves this bold and… Read More »

Wurthering Heights Review

Wurthering Heights By: Emily Brontë Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Classic Literature Readers A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it… Read More »

The Choice Review

The Choice By: Nicholas Sparks Paige’s Rating: (2) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Romance/Fiction Readers Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of Travis Parker, a small-town veterinarian who’s perfectly content with the active and exciting life he leads. Since he uses his spare time bungee jumping… Read More »