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L'élégance du hérisson
This is another moment when I wonder what is wrong with me... Everyone in France recommends this book! The premise is original enough that I was hopin...more
Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
I have just browsed through a bunch of reviews that are literally glowing with praise, so I feel rather embarrassed that I cannot be more enthused abo...more
Jan 2013
Jan 21, 2013
It has been a very long time since I read something that original... The premise of the book is so unusually incisive, so creative in itself... Coetze...more
Mar 2010
Mar 04, 2010
The Children's Book
I am an A.S. Byatt fan, have been for a very long time... As usual, the book is full of knowledge on a period of English History I love, the late Vict...more
Jan 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Norwegian Wood
I am decidedly ambivalent about “Norwegian Wood”: while I was very much engrossed in the book while I was reading it, I notice that only a few days la...more
Jun 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Debt to Pleasure
I read about this book on the web as I was googling Iain Pears; what a lucky coincidence! This is an incrediby original and engrossing book; a monolog...more
Sep 2005
Sep 30, 2007
Fort comme la mort
Reading Maupassant is always a treat.
I cannot think of any writer whose style is quite as impeccable, whose understanding of and compassion for human...more
Jun 2010
Jun 05, 2010
The Red Book: Liber Novus
Opening this book is like entering a magical world of wonders. It is an adventure in and of itself.
I am so glad the public can finally see this notebo...more
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Nov 05, 2010
The Northern Clemency
I should have loved this book; it has everything that makes a novel I cannot put down... loads of character, great settings, multi-generational plot s...more
May 2010
May 22, 2010
The River Swimmer: Novellas
As always, reading a sentence, any sentence written by Jim Harrison is a treat... so, reading two full novellas is a tremendous pleasure.
Both are equa...more
Jan 2013
Jan 12, 2013
Sweet Tooth
Of course, this is probably not the best McEwan novel ever, but I literally flew through "Sweet Tooth" as I simply had to know what would happen next....more
Jan 2013
Oct 05, 2013
The Flea Palace
This is a very cinematic book with the narrator acting like a camera, each chapter taking place in a different apartment inside this decrepit Instanbu...more
Nov 2007
Nov 09, 2007
The Last of the Just
The legend says that there are 36 just men who take on the world suffering onto their own shoulders, a kind of pact with God whereby He allows the wor...more
Jan 2000
Jun 23, 2008
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
This is a book for book lovers. Dead, forgotten writers, undesirable manuscripts haunt the pages of this very unique mystery. Add to that family secre...more
Mar 2007
Sep 21, 2007
The Quincunx
Why read "the Quincunx" when you can read or re-read Dickens??? I cannot for the life of me find a good answer to that one...
Jan 2009
Jun 16, 2010
Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet, #3)
Mountolive is the third installment of the Alexandria Quartet, and it was by far my favorite of the four novels. I believe I liked the change of pace,...more
Oct 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Against Nature (A Rebours)
Of course, I read this book in French, the original text. This has been one of the crucial books of my life, an incredibly strong influence on me (I a...more
May 1977
Mar 23, 2008
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I read this book while on a business trip, and I have to say that I could not wait to get back to my hotel room at night to read on.
At the end of the...more
Jan 2013
Aug 31, 2013
My Dream of You
I had heard an intrview of Nuala O'Faolain on NPR as her book was coming out, and I had so enjoyed her wit that I rushed to the store to buy the book....more
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Sep 06, 2007
L'Art français de la guerre
As soon as I finished this book, I went online to find out if it had already been translated into English... No yet! Too bad! I would like everyone I...more
Mar 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Randomly bought in an airport... what a find! This is my first foray into the Japanese thriller world. The whole atmosphere was so entirely alien it m...more
Feb 2007
Sep 21, 2007
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
A very fine collection of five short stories, all revolving around music and, as in all of Kazuo Ishiguro's books, loneliness. As always, he is a mast...more
Mar 2011
Mar 19, 2011
The Game
The subject of this novel is not original: stories of devastating sibling rivalries, principally between sisters, abound in fiction but also in real l...more
Feb 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Le Dit de Tianyi
I am finding it difficult to write a few lines about such a beautiful and complex book. Set against a horrific background, that of the cultural revolu...more
Dec 2008
Jan 14, 2009
Love Letters: A Celebration Of Jewish Love And Marriage In Words And Images
I was so extremely appalled when I learnt that my father's siblings sealed their marriage vows with a ketubah, a marriage contract. I was stunned at t...more
Jan 2006
Mar 02, 2013
Petit Traite Des Grandes Vertus (Perspectives Critiques)
This is not my first reading of this book, and it will not be the last time I read it either.
When the book came out in 1995, I happened to catch a lon...more
Jan 2009
Dec 03, 2008
My Name is Red
This is a very smart novel: set at the critical time where Western Renaissance art has started to infiltrate and threaten the traditional miniature ar...more
Jul 2007
Oct 02, 2007
While I had loved "Out", I was interested but certainly not enthralled by "Grotesque".
Through recollections, confessions and diaries, we follow the de...more
Jun 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Trois Jours chez ma mère
I am totally perplexed by this book. I had never read anything by Francois Weyergans, a writer-movie maker associated with the "nouvelle vague", winne...more
Jan 2008
Jan 05, 2008
Never Let Me Go
This is not my favorite Ishiguro novel, but I am not sure why that is. It certainly is a very good novel, well thought out and brilliantly crafted.
I r...more
Jan 2011
Jan 13, 2011
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