Author • Educator • Presenter
Commitment to human rights
Janet has a life long commitment to human rights. She is a teacher—in the broadest sense of the word—in all she undertakes. She enjoyed her time in the classroom with her students, and continues her work supporting activist causes. The third part of her life’s passion is writing. Currently she is contemplating two new book projects. She loves writing her blog and connecting with hundreds of people whom comment on the blog.
Books by Janet Levine
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Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx Reviewed by: Janet Levine “Over 300 years the forests are raped, eco-systems destroyed, wealth generated, and the insatiable international desire and greed for wood exploited.” Annie Proulx, the author of Barkskins is an accomplished...read more
Ethan, a child on the cusp of adolescence, is the perfect vehicle through which the story unfolds. We learn at the same time he does the mysterious twists of family history, burial and reframing of tortured memories, a family constellation torn apart.
Gravity does not operate the same way in this family constellation as it does on a universal scale; the stars do not align, at least not on the surface. But at the quantum level gravity and relativity are present although to the untrained eye particles heave and bubble like chaos itself.
In this worldview those who questioned Christendom were agents of demons and summarily victimized. Witches were the most unsavory manifestations of Satanic influence to undermine God’s divine creation.read more
Reviewer: Janet Levine “The novel is a quick, compulsive read but leaves much untold; however, this is fiction and not comprehensive biography.” Terrible Virtue by Ellen Feldman is fictional autobiography (told almost exclusively in an imagined first-person narrative...read more
In the novel the protagonists are professional filmmakers, women who know how to create illusions through a camera lens and peddle them as reality. Spiotti, perhaps, questions if fiction works the same way. Black marks on a white page or handheld reading device become an escapist reality as the neurons fire in our brains to link those black marks into an associative mélange of language, memory, and imagination.read more
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What is Janet currently writing?
Non-fiction: A Cultural Conundrum: The crossroads where culture and literature intersect-and sometimes collide
Contemplating fundamental ideas about the human condition. It is in its broadest scope a book of psychological and intellectual discovery. Discusses the interplay of culture and literature, an essential chicken and egg conundrum.
A Cultural Conundrum is about the crossroads where culture and literature intersect—and often collide. It poses the question: Does literature help to create culture, or does culture help to create literature? The book explores the underrepresented and often misunderstood interplay of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs that shape society. By examining prominent texts, throughout history and from all parts of the world, readers will become more aware of how worldviews are created, developed, dissolved, and sometimes decimated…including their own.
(Work in Progress) Historical Fiction: Veld Fire–100 Years in Africa
What is Janet currently reading?
The Family Tabor by Cherise Wolas. I’m a fan. Compelling story telling. Clearly, Cherise Wolas is not yet in the ranks of our foremost literary fiction writers—but she can be one day. Perhaps she’ll take the time and space in her third novel to even more fully explore the rich veins of human experience she so instinctively taps into.
The House of Gold by Natasha Solomons is an absorbing read. A family saga loosely based on the Rothschild dynasty, it takes place across Europe and from the mid-1880s to the end of the horrific First World War. The characters are absorbing and the situations well described. Highly recommend.
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