Thursday Evening Book Reviews

Graham Oliver on George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia: “The book remains unique among firsthand wartime accounts for several reasons. One, it contains an in-depth description of the wartime atrocities of lice. Two, it was published almost a year before the end of the war, which means Orwell could not alter his perceptions based on resolutions that happened after he left combat.” (The Rumpus)

Marc Snetiker on Sam Wasson’s Fosse: ” You don’t need to be a Broadway expert to enjoy this portrait of a man whose rise to power was famously fueled by insecurity.” (

Dwight Garner on Geordie Greig’s Breakfast With Lucian: “Until we have a proper biography, we have this book, written by the editor of The Mail on Sunday, whom Freud admitted into his circle in the final years of his life, or at least far enough that they had breakfast together more than a handful of times.” (NYTimes)

Ben Tarnoff on Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: “If you surrender yourself to the sound of his voice, the pleasure of Twain’s company proves pretty hard to resist. His narrative may be loose, but at least it never loses sight of its subject.” (The New Yorker)

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