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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
The Rape of Lucrece - William Shakespeare When I was 11 or 12, I discovered a Shakespeare anthology in one of the bookshelves in my house. I picked it up, opened to the very fist play (1 King Henry VI) and tried to read it. I did not really understand the play and found it rather pointless and unexciting (although even at that age I found interesting the portrayal of Joan la Pucelle). So I gave up on King Henry and decided instead to flip through the book and read a few sonnets. I then came to The Rape of Lucrece. I don't remember if I was mortified by the idea of a play about rape, but I do remember finishing it and feeling pretty uneasy. Heavy stuff for a pre-teen.

It's obviously been a long time since I read The Rape of Lucrece, but I do remember being surprised by the somewhat unexpected conclusion. I think I was too young to fully appreciate the importance of a proper depressing ending, but that's something I've since picked up on. I ought to reread this and see whether my tastes have changed in other respects too.