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Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass
I read Out of Africa as part of a bookclub, and I have to admit that I was't looking forward to it. By the time I started reading it, I had a week unt ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
King Lear
I read this book after I read Roger Ebert describe Shakespeare as, roughly, "the writer who most understood the human condition," and "if you read one ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
I'm iffy on this book, but I'm not really surprised. I was inspired to read this book by Charles Dickens's 200th birthday. Since I recently read David ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Awakening
Want to write a review around these quotes:

"Edna felt depressed rather than soothed after leaving them. The little glimpse of domestic harmony which h
Apr 04, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom, #4)
I decided to read the last book in the Rabbit series after learning about the Beats. Updike and Rabbit were in their mid-twenties in the early 60s, ma ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
Lady Chatterley's Lover
This is a brave book, not only because it graphically portrayed sex during a time when that was taboo but also because of the ideas it puts forth abou ...more
May 12, 2010
May 04, 2010
As I said at bookclub last night, I can't say that I fully "got" this book reading it for the first time. There are various reasons for that. I've bee ...more
May 18, 2011
May 13, 2009
Go Down, Moses
First of all, definitely find a family tree of the characters in the book. It will go a long way toward helping you understand what is going on. There ...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jul 21, 2010
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories
I'm not a huge fan of short stories but when I find authors who are really good at it, there's nothing better. Short story writers understand economy ...more
May 03, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family
I liked reading Death in Venice and Dr. Faustus by Thomas Mann in school, but this book was a struggle to get through. I don't know if my tastes have ...more
Aug 2007
Dec 26, 2008
A Streetcar Named Desire
Audiobook'd it up, which is pretty much like listening to the play without knowing about the action going on stage (because there are no stage directi ...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 24, 2011
Lord of the Flies
I think most of this book was pretty badly written but the closing chapters were really good, and the power of its themes is undeniable. I understand ...more
Jan 09, 2010
Dec 31, 2009
The Moor's Last Sigh
Hmmm... I think I would've gotten more out of this book if I understood Indian history. The writing style was definitely interesting and artful, but I ...more
Jul 05, 2009
May 23, 2009
Be-snore-al? Maybe I need to see it in the flesh to get it.
Jan 09, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
David Copperfield
This book aims to tell the story of David Copperfield's life, and like life, it is often fascinating, but boring in parts too -- with some great chara ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Rabbit Is Rich (Rabbit Angstrom, #3)
Wow Rabbit is actually happy and well adjusted in this book, but yet seems to have just enough angst, like all of us have about our ultimately normal, ...more
Apr 14, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
Rabbit Redux (Rabbit Angstrom, #2)
A lot of people think Updike is sexist, but there are some great passages written from the perspective of his wife. She's kinda an awful person who le ...more
Sep 2007
Dec 26, 2008
Portnoy's Complaint
I would finish this book, but it really is just this guy Portnoy's complaining the whole time.
Aug 09, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
Great Expectations
I can't really describe why this book is so great. Read the description, and it looks ridiculous. But the writing is so good, and the characters are s ...more
Oct 2007
Dec 26, 2008
A Christmas Carol
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 12, 2012
A Tale Of Two Cities
Dec 2007
Dec 26, 2008
The Quiet American
Aug 2007
Dec 26, 2008
Heart of Darkness
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Mar 13, 2011
The Great Gatsby
May 12, 2013
May 06, 2013
The Old Man and the Sea
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
Within a Budding Grove (In Search of Lost Time, #2)
Aug 2007
Dec 26, 2008
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