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V.
3.97
Except for German missiles and some scatological sex, it is all a swirling morass ...
not set
Sep 16, 2007
 
The Seven-percent Solution
4.14
Except for Sherlock Holmes and cocaine and Freud, the rest is all fuzzy.
not set
Sep 12, 2007
 
Letters of James Agee to Father Flye
4.06
Lost and gone, for the most part. I might say, parenthetically, that I remember reading "A Death in the Family" and thinking it was a work of sheer ge ...more
May 1997
Aug 23, 2007
 
You Can't Go Home Again
4.05
I was browsing the W's in the library today when I came across this. I most assuredly read it, because I remember being captivated by a writer telling ...more
Jan 1968
Feb 05, 2008
 
Selected Writings
4.25
I almost rated this but that wouldn't have been honest. My only vague memory of this is that reading Jung's selections at least gave me an introductio ...more
Dec 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
Giles Goat-Boy
3.79
Back when I was in college, John Barth was sort of the Jonathan Franzen of his day. A literary lion for the 60s. All I remember of this fat tome was t ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2007
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.88
I have seen this on a number of all-time greats lists, but it left me with no solid impressions except for a vague sense of the absurd and some snapsh ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2007
 
Strange Attractors: Stories
3.71
I was tempted to give this a decent rating because I remember being impressed by the writing, but I don't remember enough. I only know Rebecca introdu ...more
Oct 1997
Aug 24, 2007
 
Middle Passage
3.80
I know it's supposed to be good. The current history of slave ships I'm reading speaks glowingly of it, but I just remember very little of the specifi ...more
not set
Sep 15, 2007
 
Krik? Krak!
4.08
Another of those up and comers whose work was undoubtedly good but who didn't make the leap from short-term to long-term memory.
not set
Aug 24, 2007
 
Brainstorm
3.16
This was a legal thriller/humorous satire, but even when I read the plot summary, it fired nary a synapse.
Dec 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
Reef
3.58
Set in Ceylon, I think. Palm trees. Fans in big houses. Remnants of colonialism. All else lost.
Apr 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Book of Secrets
3.52
Sorry. I know it was highly praised. I know it was set largely in Africa. That's about it.
Mar 1997
Aug 23, 2007
 
The Bluest Eye
3.96
I know Toni is in everyone's pantheon, but I have never made it through her assembled works.
not set
Sep 05, 2007
 
Lord of the Flies
3.61
Except for wild boys who adopt a savage moral code, the rest is pretty much lost ...
not set
Sep 04, 2007
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.71
Well, private postal services, but other than that, I couldn't even mail it in ...
not set
Sep 16, 2007
 
Babel Tower (The Frederica Quartet, #3)
3.79
I listened to this an an audiobook, so my notes say, but it left me with no impression.
Nov 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.77
Sad but true. It may be classic, but all I remember is teenage angst.
not set
Sep 04, 2007
 
Golden State (The Braziller Series of Poetry)
4.33
You know me and most poetry. Water over stone, always downriver.
Apr 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Ghost Writer
3.80
How could I forget something by someone so famous? Beats me.
not set
Aug 24, 2007
 
Thirst: The Desert Trilogy
3.67
Desert. Women in black robes. Spare, stark storytelling. That's all.
Mar 1997
Aug 23, 2007
 
The Ghost Trio
4.14
A book of poems. Lost stanzas, remote rhymes, thoughts like fog.
May 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Sleeping Car Murders
3.63
A sleeping car. Murders. European mystery. That's about it.
not set
Aug 23, 2007
 
Household Tales Of Moon And Water
4.38
Neither moon, water, earth nor sky resides in my memory.
Sep 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Eiger Sanction
4.01
Alps. Espionage. The rest is lost to hypoxia.
not set
Sep 20, 2007
 
The Sacrifice
4.17
Poetry that disappeared like autumn haze
Apr 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
Monster: Living Off the Big Screen
3.41
I forgot both games of this double header
Apr 1998
Aug 21, 2007
 
Fathers and Sons
3.91
Sad to say, because I know it's a classic
not set
Sep 02, 2007
 
The Power and the Glory
3.98
Priest. Jungle. Drinking. Angst.
not set
Aug 30, 2007
 
Vintage Contemporaries Reader
3.09
I remember the cover. Does that count?
Nov 1998
Aug 21, 2007
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