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The Green Road by Anne Enright book review 0

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The premise of Anne Enright’s The Green Road has been told countless times before. Rosaleen Madigan is the mother of four independent, self-deprecating children, each of whom live independently around the globe as they...

I Refuse by Per Petterson book review 0

I Refuse by Per Petterson

Per Petterson is the author of seven novels, including the acclaimed Out Stealing Horses, a best book of 2007 and subsequently published in 50 languages. His first novel in nearly five years is a...

My Sunshine Away by M.O.Walsh 0

My Sunshine Away by M.O.Walsh

In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh mingles a couple of old standbys: a tale of obsessive love and its perils, and a whodunit. After he stirs in an outwardly idyllic middle-class Baton Rouge neighborhood,...

What is poetry 2

What is Poetry?

What do Shakespeare’s sonnets have in common with Emily Dickinson’s lyrical poems? Geoffrey Chaucer’s acrostic poetry with the haiku of Basho? John Keats’ odes with the limericks of Edward Lear? All of it falls...

Aquarium by David Vann 2

Aquarium by David Vann

Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In David Vann’s novel Aquarium, Sheri and Caitlin, mother and daughter, are living lives of quiet...

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Dramatic Irony

There are three primary types of irony, of which dramatic irony is one. Situational Irony Situational irony is the most common application of the word “irony.” It is when you expect one thing and...