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6 Classics in 2018| #2 | ‘The Great Gatsby’| Review

“You must know Gatsby.” “Gatsby?” demanded Daisy. “What Gatsby?” – p. 21 When I first read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I read the German translation and fell madly in love with it. Then I watched the latest movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan and was completely blown away by how fantastic… Continue reading 6 Classics in 2018| #2 | ‘The Great Gatsby’| Review

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Review | ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach (1999)

“But you have to be courageous, my friend, and unafraid of pain. For only through pain will the beauty of the world be revealed.” Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever, p. 42 Cornelis Sandvoort, a merchant in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, has married the young and beautiful Sophia. Since the youth of his wife is thrilling and he… Continue reading Review | ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach (1999)

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Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Where was he, her Alexander of once? Was he truly gone? The Alexander of the Summer Garden, of their first Lazarevo days, of the hat in his hands, white-toothed, peaceful, laughing, languid, stunning Alexander, had he been left far behind? Well, Tatiana supposed that was only right. For Alexander believed his Tatiana of once was… Continue reading Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

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Review | ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

“Alexander, tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” asked the dying Dasha. “Tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” “How long – have you – loved my sister?” Alexander should have replied, Dasha, if you had seen me standing mute, hearing the day fly, the May fly, an ephemera on a… Continue reading Review | ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

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Review | ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)

War was the ultimate chaos, a pounding, soul-destroying snarl, ending in blown-apart men lying unburied on the cold earth. There was nothing more cosmically chaotic than war.  (p. 357) ‘The Bronze Horseman’ is a series consisting of three books, and this one is the first one in line. The story is set during World War… Continue reading Review | ‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina Simons (2000)