John Pistelli


Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane My rating: 4 of 5 stars A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact … Continue reading

23 September 2018 · 1 Comment

Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett My rating: 4 of 5 stars One recurring theme of my reviews is that classic literary works often defy or … Continue reading

17 September 2018 · 1 Comment

Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories by Philip Roth My rating: 5 of 5 stars She walked away and around the oak tree. When she appeared again she’d stepped out … Continue reading

26 May 2018 · 1 Comment

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon My rating: 5 of 5 stars A summary of this classic 1965 short novel’s unsummarizable plot: California housewife Oedipa Maas becomes executor … Continue reading

28 January 2018 · 3 Comments

Jean Giono, Melville

Melville: A Novel by Jean Giono My rating: 4 of 5 stars Twentieth-century French novelist Jean Giono is currently being introduced (or re-introduced by NYRB Classics) to American readers, and … Continue reading

30 December 2017 · Leave a comment

Joyce Carol Oates, First Love: A Gothic Tale

First Love: A Gothic Tale by Joyce Carol Oates My rating: 4 of 5 stars This 1996 novella makes for a curious little book. The hardcover‚Äôs title is lettered on … Continue reading

25 October 2015 · Leave a comment