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The Beast in the Jungle

Author: Henry James First published: 1903, by Methuen (London) and Charles Scribner’s Sons (New York) What is it? In this masterpiece of suspense, Henry James, true to form, withholds the answer while driving us ever increasingly toward it. John Marcher is a bachelor, haunted by something he cannot name, consumed by the horrible idea that someday—something—will happen […]

Atonement

Author: Ian McEwan First published: 2001, by Jonathan Cape I have talked a lot about beginnings, but this book is all about the ending. Well, its endings, rather, because Atonement has many of them. I won’t spoil it for you, and don’t skip ahead to the end! If you do you’ll be committing a crime. The ending(s) […]

Wide Sargasso Sea

Author: Jean Rhys First published: 1966, by André Deutsch “Such terrible things happen,” I said. “Why? Why?” Jean Rhys (Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams) was born in 1890 in Dominica—an island in the British West Indies. Her father was a Welsh doctor, and her mother was Scottish Creole, which made Rhys British, but no quite. This aspect of […]