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Tag Archives: Tolstoy

Historical fiction

Once upon a time, stories always happened a long time ago. The business of story-tellers, from Homer to Chaucer, was to bring old stories to life. Whether the characters in … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The slow reader

Like everything else that gives pleasure, reading is best done slowly. Eat slowly, walk slowly, make love slowly, read slowly. Everyone reads slowly to begin with. When you’re learning, you … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stephen King’s debt to Tolstoy

All the time I was reading Stephen King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, I had the feeling I had read it before. I hadn’t and I hadn’t seen … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 2 Comments