Monthly Archives: January 2013

In which I try to unravel the puzzle that is John Brandon’s A Million Heavens (by Jill)

This is another Indiespensible selection from Powell’s Books.  I wanted to love this book, and a part of me did.  It’s got things that I tend to love: multiple points of view, short chapters, and some magical realism thrown in … Continue reading

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AP English Challenge: Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, at long last (by Jill)

Hedda Gabler is one of those evil but interesting characters we like to talk about here on Postcards from Purgatory.  And along with being kind of evil, Hedda has a bonus streak of crazy.  The crazy ones are the best … Continue reading

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A Tortoise Finishes Middlemarch (by Bethany)

I posted my thoughts on the first half of Middlemarch a LONG time ago, so if you’re looking for a refresher, feel free to check them out here. This earlier post also describes the process by which I decided to … Continue reading

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The AP English Challenge Continues: Jill Reviews Ibsen’s A Doll House

My feelings about Heinrik Ibsen’s A Doll House are not as deeply rooted or as passionate as Bethany’s.  It has not been a tale I have thought much about over the past eighteen and a half years.  I found nothing … Continue reading

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In which Jill discovers a wonderful new author who isn’t really new: my thoughts on Iris Murdoch’s A Fairly Honourable Defeat

When my boss brought me a Penguin Classics edition of this Iris Murdoch book a few months ago, I was confused.  How could Penguin have book it considers a classic by an author that I’ve never heard of?  And a … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ibsen’s The Master Builder (by Bethany)

After Act I, I thought The Master Builder was going to be my least favorite of the four Ibsen plays in this book. After I read the whole play, it was my favorite. How did this change happen? I’ll explain. … Continue reading

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Beyond This Point There Be Starbucks: A Visit to my College Town, Part II (by Bethany)

A couple of months ago I went to visit my college for reasons that had everything to do with this blog. My plan was to visit the English department library – a place that I associate with peace and stateliness … Continue reading

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