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Nine decades ago, on February 2 1922, Ulysses was born. It arrived in a handsome turquoise cover, its face embossed in gold. (At least, it did in Paris. In the UK it remained banned for a further fourteen years, on account of a masturbation scene.) Over the years, this iconic Modernist text has been written about and written about.
Believing the Lie Elizabeth George Dutton, 610 pp., $28.95 Still recovering from the death of beloved wife Helen, Inspector Thomas Lynley (aka the Earl of Asherton) is sent undercover to the Lake District of England to investigate the drowning of a rich man's son.
Was there ever a writer who, on the face of it, looked less destined for literary immortality than Agatha Christie? Born Agatha Miller, naturally shy and brought up in a cosseted Edwardian home in the seaside town of Torquay, she toddled in the shadow of older siblings. ("Agatha's so terribly slow" was the family consensus on Christie as a child.) In adolescence, Christie enjoyed reading mysteries - Sherlock Holmes and Anna Katharine Green's The Leavenworth Case were particular favorites - and, egged on by her beloved mother, she experimented with writing romances and other ladylike fiction. But it was not until her much more dazzling older sister Madge (who fancied herself the budding writer in the family) issued a dare that Agatha stepped daintily into her life's work.
Secondly, just how clueless can Number Four be that he fails to notice that Bernie Kosar isn’t a regular dog? The dog runs into one part of the woods and then appears from the other side; don’t you think that’s more than just “peculiar”? Wouldn’t a supposedly intelligent person have guessed that there was more to Bernie Kosar, especially since he had already seen the Lorien animals in his dream-memories?
Reviewed by Leigh A. Everyone should have at least one good inspirational book on their bookshelf. It will get you through tough times by reminding you of the courage of your convictions.