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Respiración artificial
Re-reading this in English... why doesn't Goodreads have it? Lame, goodreads. Lame. Anyway, this is one of my favorite books. It's like reading litera ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
By Night in Chile
A very memorable, powerful book that asks the very difficult but important question: what is the relevance (if any) of literature to Real Life, especi ...more
May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009
The Cookbook Collector
**spoiler alert** I didn't read the last 100 pages of this, just skimmed it, but I'm still counting this as read since we discussed it in my book club ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
For full review click here: This latest little recently translated gem by Cesar Aira is only 89 pages long but packs in more fanc ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
The Master
A good one. Very nice. I'd recommend this book to people like my former roommate, who read the first page of "Wings of the Dove" and then threw it acr ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
The Last Full Measure
This is how the majority of the characters talk in this book: "There are.... a lot...... of periods...... in between..... words...."

I read the first 1
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
The Luminaries
Fuck was I relieved to finally finish this. OK, so this book is quite the accomplishment--it is EXTREMELY densely plotted. There's, like, two differen ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 11, 2013
[Original review from Jun 19, 2009] Wow. Unsurprisingly enough, there's a lot to be said about this. I'm not even sure where to begin... I kind of fee ...more
Feb 10, 2014
Nov 18, 2008
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Well, that was certainly one of the weirdest books I've ever read in my life. I don't know if I've ever wrinkled my face as much or said "WTF?" out lo ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
Fabulous, unique, creative, highly original. Never read anything like it. Garbage collectors who transform their trucks into pirate ships, astrologers ...more
May 28, 2013
May 06, 2013
The African Shore
Absolutely amazing. Blown away by this book. Definitely the best thing I've read so far this year. So creepy, powerful, moving... left me wordless. No ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
To be said in a Frodo-like gasp: "It is..... DONE! It is........ accomplished!!!!"

I have always wanted to read this book. I tried reading it six years
Oct 22, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
The Seven Madmen
Amazing sentences glittering throughout this book. Reminded me of a 1920's Fight Club. Arlt is the man.
Jul 07, 2009
May 29, 2009
Interpreter of Maladies
'S okay. Very well crafted New Yorker stories that present a fictional representation of the universe in which things add up, are well-ordered and wei ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
School for Patriots
Eerily, obsessively, powerfully narrated. Too bad the summary on the back cover SPOILED EVERYTHING. A brilliant parable in which much remains unspoken ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 30, 2014
Wittgenstein's Mistress
This is the kind of book where I enjoyed its ideas more than the actual act of reading it. I definitely don't know enough about Wittgenstein to apprec ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Incredible, shocking. Stayed up till 2.30 AM to finish it.
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
A Naked Singularity
Definitely the best book I've read this year. Might even be one of the best books I've read, ever. Believe the hype. Don't miss this one. I devoured 8 ...more
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
I liked this book. Someone recently told me that they didn't like it, because they didn't like to think of Gabriel Garcia Marquez seeing a 14-year-old ...more
May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Good, comforting kernels of advice. I especially liked the emphasis on uncertainty, and how the ultimate key is to find nourishment within the work it ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
Another Country
This book reminded me of my own life, sigh. I loved this sentence: "Leela felt dazed, as though someone had said, ‘Bombay? You like Bombay?’ and then ...more
Apr 25, 2014
Dec 11, 2013
Just Kids
4.12 One of the main messages I got out of reading this book is in the quote included behind that link.

The other
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Dancing With Cuba
I really enjoyed this book. It was given to my sister by her friend in Oakland. I've never read Alma Guillermoprieto before, but apparently she's the ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
I reread my review from 5 years ago, which focuses on the novel as a love story, as something that is "marvelous." I would say that re-reading it this ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 24, 2008
The Third Reich
Pretty interesting. Not Bolaño's best (how could it be after spending 20 years at the bottom of a drawer before being discovered?). I would be pretty ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Reread on April 22, 2014. A joy to read. Ripped my way through it. Definitely one of Dick's best novels though I'm still not sure I could explain the ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Mar 22, 2009
If This Is a Man / The Truce
Only read "If This Is A Man," not "The Truce." Classic book of Holocaust witnessing and testimony. You can really tell that the author had no choice b ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Nov 19, 2013
The Girl on the Fridge
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was a good, fast, neat clean read. It reminded me a lot of Kafka; that is, a 21st-century Kafka that listens to MG ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
The Marriage Plot
( I didn’t think I was going to like this book at first. That annoyed me, because I bought it as a Christmas present for my siste ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Oct 27, 2011
Leaving the Sea: Stories
Definitely one of the weirdest books of short stories I've ever read. Hooo boy. This is like George Saunders, but to an even more extreme, dissociativ ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
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