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The Resolution Project Season Two: I, Claudius (1934)

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Musical Accompaniment: Kanye West – “POWER” “I was a very sickly child – ‘a very battleground of diseases,’ the doctors said – and perhaps only lived because the diseases could not agree as to which should have the honour of carrying me off.” (1018-20, Kindle version) The Resolution Project Season Two: For my New Year’s resolution last year (2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as […]

The Resolution Project Season Two: The Death of the Heart (1938)

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First off, I feel like this is in order, because this book was a chore to get through, and as such delayed my reading project even worse than Skyrim did: “She had watched life, since she came to London, with a sort of despair – motivated and busy always, always progressing: even people pausing on bridges seemed to pause with a purpose; no bird seemed to pursue a quite aimless flight. The spring of the […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Four: Housekeeping (1981)

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“Since my grandmother had a little income and owned her house outright. she always took some satisfaction in thinking ahead to the time when her simple private destiny would intersect with the great public processes of law and finance – that is, to the time of her death.” (p. 27) The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s resolution this year (that being 2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty: A Handful of Dust (1934)

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“But with the exception of her sister’s, opinion was greatly in favour of Brenda’s adventure … It had been an autumn of very sparse and meagre romance; only the most obvious people had parted or come together, and Brenda was filling a want long felt by those whose simple, vicarious pleasure it was to discuss the subject in bed over the telephone.” (p. 54) The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s resolution this year (that being […]

The Resolution Project Book Thirty-Six: Gone With The Wind (1936) – Part Two

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This is the second part of my review of Gone With the Wind. For the first part, go here. “Everything in their old world had changed but the old forms. The old usages went on, must go on, for the forms were all that were left to them. They were holding tightly to the things they knew best and loved best in the old days, the leisured manners, the courtesy, the pleasant casualness in human […]

The Resolution Project Book Thirty-Six: Gone With the Wind (1936) – Part One

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“It was this happy feminine conspiracy which made Southern society so pleasant. Women knew that a land where men were contented, uncontradicted and safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So, from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly with gallantry and adoration. In fact, men willingly gave the ladies everything in […]

The Resolution Project Book Eighteen: Call It Sleep (1934)

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“The sight of him this evening was terrifying. Never, not even the night he had beaten David, did he radiate, so fell, so electric a fury. It was as though his whole body were smouldering, a stark, throbbing, curdling emanation flowed from him, a dark, corrosive haze that was all the more fearful because David sensed how thin an aura it was of the terrific volcano clamped within.” (p. 127) The Resolution Project: For my New […]

The Resolution Project Book Thirty-Five: Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953)

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“There was a stiffness in him that would be hard to break, but that, nevertheless, would one day surely be broken. As hers had been, and Richard’s — there was no escape for anyone. God was everywhere, terrible, the living God; and so high, the song said, you couldn’t get over Him; so low you couldn’t get under Him; so wide you couldn’t get around Him; but must come in at the door.” (p. 226) […]