Skip to content Skip to navigation

Book Reviews

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson. Norton. $39.95.
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Sat Apr 28th, 2018

Emily Wilson’s new translation offers a blank verse line-by-line translation of Homer’s dactylic hexameter (18 syllables but Greek is a quantitative language and not accentual like English). Her condensed 10 syllable line occasionally becomes hendecasyllabic (eleven syllables, the primary...

Hook’s Tale by John Leonard Pielmeier. Scribners.
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Fri Aug 4th, 2017

If you have ever seen a theatrical production of James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (1904), you know that the character of Captain Hook is the most delicious, amusing, villainous role that an actor can find to tread on the planks of the stage. Now we have Hook’s odd, eccentric, and delightful...

Palestinian Walks, By Raja Shehadeh, Scribner (2007)
Reviewed by Stephen Kaye
Tue May 16th, 2017

Walking as a literary subject has a long history. We can share the insights of walking with Thoreau as he journeyed through the back country of Concord and Lexington; we share the sights of Tibet with Eric Newby or the Appalachian Trail with Bill Bryson.

I particularly like the...

by Alex Shoumatoff
Beacon Press.
Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Sun May 14th, 2017

Borneo, third largest island on the globe, is home to the oldest rainforest in the world, 130 million years-old—that’s a number hard to imagine, yet 90% of that forest has been logged for the Asian lumber market and converted to oil-palm plantations. Larger than the state of...