The Red Planet turns light on heroism

The Red Planet is a memoir narrated by Duncan Meredyth, a widowed Boer War veteran living in a small English country village in 1914. Duncan is cared for my his ex-sergeant who was disfigured in the same shell blast that took Duncan’s legs. The Red Planet by William J. Locke 1917 bestseller #3. Project Gutenberg […]

The Mandarins tread murk of post-war politics

The Mandarins is Simone de Beauvoir’s fictional account of the upper echelons of the political left in post-war Paris, a group that she knew personally. The book follows two middle-aged characters, writer Henri Perron and psychotherapist Anne Dubreuilh. The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir Leonard M. Friedman, trans. Regnery, Gateway, 1956. 610 pp. 1956 bestseller […]

Truxton King battles real villians in fairy-tale setting

Truxton King is the third of George Barr McCutcheon’s novels about Graustark, a tiny East European monarchy. Graustark’s fairy-tale existence is threatened by forces making their presence felt worldwide at the dawn of the 20th century. Truxton King by George Barr McCutcheon Harrison Fisher, illus. Dodd, Mead 1909. 1909 bestseller #3. Project Gutenberg EBook #14284. […]