Review: Pauline: A Biography of Pauline Johnson

Pauline: A Biography of Pauline Johnson
Pauline: A Biography of Pauline Johnson by Betty Keller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This biography was an enjoyable read, even if it felt like a required read to me because of my ethnic heritage. It took a lot of boldness for a woman raised as a Victorian lady to leave home and become a stage performer. even if she isn’t as bold a trailblazer as some modern feminists would prefer. Her half-breed status limited her options for marriage yet freed her to pursue a literary career. Both as her “Mohawk Princess” gimmick and for the fact that she couldn’t be kept at home if there was no one willing to offer her an establishment. Her older sister had to find work outside the home to support herself, and Pauline’s means of support was more glamorous than others. I feel her contributions to Canadian literature get ignored by women’s studies because she was too busy making a living during her lifetime to be a campaigner of women’s rights.

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Review: Bleak House

Bleak House
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This work is best approached as a historical document rather than a light pleasure read. It’s a legal novel regarding a protracted court case involving an inheritance. A modern legal novel would have a clearcut villain not petty embezzlers and legal sharks extracting as much money as they can out of the estate or at the very least the greed of these people would’ve escalated to the point of murder. It’s an indictment on the inefficiencies of the English legal system of the time. We get exhaustive slices of life regarding the people affected by the case and the resolution, when a will is finally found, feels like one subplot among many when a modern legal novel would’ve made it the driving focus of the story. I

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Review: In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954

In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954
In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954 by Isaac Asimov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isaac Asimov is one of the few people who can make their autobiography interesting. He may sound like he’s bragging but there’s no escaping a fact he’s a Master of Science Fiction and denying it would be ridiculous. It’s interesting for writers to see his mind at work and will answer any questions fans of what happened behind the scenes while he was writing his stories.

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Review: Dr. Oronhyatekha: Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values

Dr. Oronhyatekha: Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values
Dr. Oronhyatekha: Mohawk Ideals, Victorian Values by Keith Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting autobiography of a mostly forgotten Victorian celebrity. A good reference for Native history and Victorian history. It has some details that may help writers of steam punk if you like obscure details. I’m Mohawk myself and felt obligated to read this book for the sake of being informed of my people’s history, and found it enjoyable.

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