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Reviewed by Kevin T. McEneaney
Sat Nov 9th, 2019

Don Quichotte offers a postmodern self-satire by the author. Even Rushdie’s detractors might be amused. While Rushdie juggles the antique, extroverted Cervantes motif throughout the inward psychology of the novel, the literary theme of the double is perhaps even more significant, so...

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...