Jo Refuses Laurie

In my final post on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, I want to focus not on the death of Beth, which is the climax of the novel, but on that peculiar narrative twist that Alcott was so proud of: Laurie doesn’t end up with Jo.  Let’s put this deferred romance in perspective. If you look … Continue reading

New book! Middlemarch by George Eliot

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. And with this inauspicious beginning we tackle the next book in the Master List, Middlemarch by George Eliot. Here are the details on the novel. Pick up a copy… if  you dare. Full title: Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial … Continue reading