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The Confession and Absolution

The end of Nineteen Eighty-Four has Winston thinking to himself: He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O … Continue reading

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Father Smiley

An interesting connection – made many times, I’m sure – is that between John Le Carre’s spymaster George Smiley, and GK Chesterton’s priest detective, Father Brown. Both are, essentially, detectives (and in Smiley’s first two novels, Call for the Dead … Continue reading

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The Starbridge Mothers

Inspired by the yahoo Susan Howatch group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/howatch/), here’s a quick look at some of Starbridge’s mothers. Two of the most significant are Lyle Ashworth and Dido Aysgarth. Lyle’s motherhood is not as vivid as Charles’s fatherhood, but it is … Continue reading

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A in Susan Howatch

Spoilers alert…. A stands for Ashworth and Aysgarth. Both are active in the late 1930s, Ashworth as a professor of Divinity and Aysgarth as an archdeacon. Ashworth narrates the first book,  while Aysgarth makes his first appearance in the second, … Continue reading

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Film Star

So the film is out and has garnered some impressive reviews.   David Thompson gives us a few samples of some less impressed critics here: http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2011/09/elsewhere-48.html#comments I’ve left a couple of comments there (David’s comments threads are usually pretty in-depth … Continue reading

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Slang in Susan Howatch

This post is intended as a prelude to some more in-depth thoughts to come at some indeterminate point in the future. It’s about the 6 Starbridge novels and 3 St Benet’s books, but not any of her other fiction. *Includes … Continue reading

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Quantum Reviewing

Every so often, there are books you don’t feel you can adequately review because you simply aren’t qualified or intelligent enough to discuss the issues involved. One of these, for me, is Lee Smolin’s The Trouble With Physics. In the … Continue reading

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