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WELCOME TO YELLOW LEAVES (Read More)

A blog about literature.  It is not scholarly.  It is personal.  What interests me, and what I will post here are the impressions that varied literary works and authors impart ...

Shelley’s “Alastor”

It’s been a while since I tried to read a long, blank-verse poem like Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Alastor.” Now I remember why. “Alastor” is a difficult read about a romantic ...

Looking back on Follett’s “Fall of Giants”

This morning I finished Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants,” first book in his “Century Triology.” It’s a monumental work, occasionally a little tiresome in its very thoroughness, but still a ...

Ken Follett’s FALL OF GIANTS

I’m nursing a bad cold and reading Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants,” the first book in his Century Trilogy. Follett’s research is meticulous and his grasp of the sweep of ...

Tolstoy’s “The Kreutzer Sonata”

I’ve been reading Tolstoy’s “The Kreutzer Sonata” and finding it uncharacteristically uninviting reading from a master story-teller who usually captivates. It reminds me in some ways of Thomas Mann’s “Magic ...

Tolstoy’s “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”

This is one of Tolstoy’s most famous stories but in all honesty not one of my personal favorites. It’s highly symbolic (sometimes even classified as allegorical), and as a result, ...

Tolstoy’s “Ivan Ilych”

I just re-read–for the third or fourth time, at least–Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilych.”  It’s an uncomfortable piece of fiction in some ways, dragging the reader willy-nilly into ...