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The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway‘s The Sun Also Rises is one of his most well-known, and well-loved novels.  Published in 1926, it is said to depict the life, ideals, and frustrations of the “Lost Generation” – intellectual young men and women enlightened during the years after World War I.  Hemingway himself was one of the “founding” members of…

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The Hundred Foot Journey

So despite my earlier rant about being in a reading rut and contemplating whether or not to give up on the two books I’ve been reading, I pushed on and eventually finished Richard Morais’ The Hundred Foot Journey. Though not exactly a great piece of literature, The Hundred Foot Journey, it is, at least, not the worst…

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2 Weeks ’til Paris…

Exactly two weeks to go before I fly off to Paris and I’m a bit stressed out with preparations, not to mention having mixed feelings about the whole trip. I’ll be honest – Paris intimidates me. The food is intimidating, the language is intimidating and the fashion is intimidating.  I’ve never been to Paris, and…

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Guidebooks: To Read or Not to Read…?

I’ve had to set aside the two novels was reading to make way for 2 other books I have to read for ‘research.’ In preparation for my upcoming trip to Europe, I have temporarily forsaken George R.R. Martin and David Mitchell to learn a thing or two from the Frommers – Arthur, Hope in Frommer’s…

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Fantine

Where we meet a saint, former convict, a desperate woman, a ruthless couple and a fanatic… “Fantine,” opens the novel.  It is 1815 and amidst France’s restoration to monarchy and the impending downfall of Napoleon I , readers are introduced to Jean Valjean, a former convict who served 19 years in the galleys for breaking a window…

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Les Miserables – the adventure begins…

It took me over 15 years to finally decide to read Victor Hugo’s epic novel, Les Miserables. I first discovered Les Miserables from the music and lyrics of  Claude-Michel Shonberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer’s highly acclaimed musical of the same name.  Through the powerful and moving music and oftentimes heart-wrenching songs, I was acquainted…