Roberta Silman

Book Review: “Love, Madness & Scandal” — Among the Metaphysicals

October 12, 2017
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The biography offers a fascinating look at Frances Coke Villiers’s tale of rebellion, the plight of a memorable woman during a tumultuous time.

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Book Review: “Birdcage Walk” — Helen Dunmore’s Exhilarating Farewell

September 12, 2017
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Helen Dunmore’s astounding final novel is a fascinating take on a family of radicals living in Bristol, England during the French Revolution.

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Book Review: “The Songs We Know Best” — The Youth of Poet John Ashbery

August 3, 2017
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This book captures — beautifully — poet John Ashbery’s youth and dreams and struggles.

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Classical Music Review: A Bleak “Black Monk” at Tanglewood

July 25, 2017
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It is my sad duty to report that an evening which looked so promising was hardly a worthy homage to an important musical figure of the 20th century.

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Book Review: “Women in the World of Frederick Douglass” — Crucial Partners

June 25, 2017
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Focusing on these indomitable and sometimes troubling women, Fought has written an engaging book that is compelling, sometimes even fierce.

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Book Review: Gershom Scholem — A Rich and Complicated Jewish Life

May 2, 2017
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George Prochnik’s biography of Gershom Scholem is flawed, but well worth reading, especially for those struggling with their Jewish and Israeli identities.

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Book Review: “Shooting Creek and Other Stories” — The Presence of Evil

April 15, 2017
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These well-crafted stories are not for the faint-hearted.

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Book Review: The “Inexhaustibility” of Angela Carter

March 20, 2017
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May this superb biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, spark more interest in this amazing writer, especially in the United States.

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Book Review: “The Year of the Comet” — Surviving History

February 22, 2017
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This is the work of an extremely talented writer whose prose is spare and exact and has an authenticity that marks him as the real thing.

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Appreciation: The Fiction of William Trevor — A Mixture of Compassion and Horror

January 25, 2017
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Reading William Trevor will enrich you in ways you cannot imagine.

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