The universality of Tom Ripley

I'm writing this to tell you a little about myself and more to encourage you to read the Ripley series--known by fans as 'the Ripliad'--by Patricia Highsmith. As is interestingly posited on Amazon's pages for the five Ripley books, Tom Ripley "is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will … Continue reading The universality of Tom Ripley

The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 2)

Continuing from part 1 I’ve read books of behemoth lengths: The Executioner’s Song, the seminal American novel (more on that to come in a future post), Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (a flawed but overall enjoyable Harry Potter alternative), and East of Eden (on par with The Executioner’s Song as being the quintessential American novel, … Continue reading The many problems with the novel and why we need more novellas (Part 2)