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20 Classics #8: <i>Gulliver’s Travels</i> by Jonathan Swift

20 Classics #8: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. I aimed to read them all in 2011, but that’s beginning to look unlikely. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I had vague ideas about Gulliver’s Travels. I remembered Ted Danson being tied up by some little people in a film version I […]

20 classics in 2011 #5: <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i> by Oscar Wilde

20 classics in 2011 #5: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I’d always heard Oscar Wilde was a wit, and the supernatural element of the story appealed to me. When was it published? It was first published in 1890, as an issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. A later […]

Guest review: Genevieve Tucker on Colm Tóibín’s <i>The Empty Family</i>

Guest review: Genevieve Tucker on Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family

Picador November 2010 9781405040235 (Aus, US, UK) Reviewed by Genevieve Tucker Much has been made around the traps of the fact that Colm Tóibín published a story in his last collection that used the word empty (and words deriving from it) fourteen times, though no one has bothered to acknowledge that the story in question was […]

Exquisite restraint for maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part two)

Exquisite restraint for maximum expression: an interview with Colm Tóibín (part two)

Brooklyn Colm Toibin (Aus, US) Picador 9780330425612 Part one of this interview can be found here. Tóibín has, to date, written or edited 21 books. I asked him which had been the most difficult to write, and which had been the most joyful. He said: ‘There’s a long story in the collection Mothers and Sons which I […]