Tag: historical

REVIEW: Joseph and his Brothers by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann regarded his monumental retelling of the biblical story of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the four parts–The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Joseph the Provider–as a unified narrative, a “mythological novel” of Joseph’s fall into slavery and his rise to be lord over Egypt. Deploying lavish, … Continue reading REVIEW: Joseph and his Brothers by Thomas Mann

REVIEW: Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

Bataille’s first novel, published under the pseudonym ‘Lord Auch’, is still his most notorious work. In this explicit pornographic fantasy, the young male narrator and his lovers Simone and Marcelle embark on a sexual quest involving sadism, torture, orgies, madness and defilement, culminating in a final act of transgression. Shocking and sacreligious, Story of the … Continue reading REVIEW: Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

REVIEW: The Personal Librarian by by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her … Continue reading REVIEW: The Personal Librarian by by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

REVIEW: Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel

A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but … Continue reading REVIEW: Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel

REVIEW: Alyx by Lolah Burford

They were enslaved in a place where lust knew no bounds-and only love was forbidden. They were two white slaves thrown together in the darkness of the breeding hut. She, Alyx de Vere, a virginal, sixteen-year-old beauty carried off to nightmare captivity on a Caribbean sugar plantation. He, Simon, handsome, young, once heir to a … Continue reading REVIEW: Alyx by Lolah Burford

REVIEW: Her Viking Slave by Alana Church

Harald the Beardless was desperate. With his farm failing, he needed coin to feed his mother and sisters. But he was captured on his first raid as a Viking, made the slave of the lovely but cold-hearted Fiona. But even Fiona can't deny her attraction to the handsome young Viking. Desire rises faster than the … Continue reading REVIEW: Her Viking Slave by Alana Church

REVIEW: A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid by Nicolas Chorier

Presented in a series of three dialogues, "A Dialogue Between A Married Lady And A Maid" is an amatory classic from 1740. Innocent Octavia is about to marry her beloved. It is up to Tullia, an older, married woman, to explain the mysteries of marriage. Although this book discusses marital relations, the way in which … Continue reading REVIEW: A Dialogue Between a Married Lady and a Maid by Nicolas Chorier

REVIEW: Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue by the Marquis de Sade

Justine is a story of two sisters, Justine and Juliette who have been thrown out of an orphanage. Mainly the book is about the sufferings of Justine, the protagonist and her sister Juliette who benefits herself through dissipation. The truth of virtues is the other-way-round to her; it depicts the persistent battle between good and … Continue reading REVIEW: Justine, or The Misfortunes of Virtue by the Marquis de Sade

REVIEW: Dominus by JP Kenwood

In AD 107, after a grueling campaign against Rome's fierce enemy, the kingdom of Dacia, Gaius Fabius returns home in triumph. With the bloody battles over, the commander of the Lucky Fourth Legion now craves life's simple pleasures: leisurely soaks in fragrant baths, over-flowing cups of wine, and a long holiday at his seaside villa … Continue reading REVIEW: Dominus by JP Kenwood