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Black Spring
I've read that Miller is out of fashion at the moment. I can see why he might have been in fashion in just the same way as James Joyce and D H Lawrenc ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Feb 03, 2010
Exile and the Kingdom
Exile and the Kingdom consists of half a dozen short stories. Like Camus’s famous novel, each story deals with an outsider.

The first story presents u
Sep 2007
Sep 01, 2007
In The Wake
When I first decided to buy this novel it was because I believed it dealt with loss. It does but if loss is the disease then what are its symptoms? On ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
The Lighthouse
Reviews of this book are all over the place. I can see why people would give up on it. There really isn’t a likeable character in the whole book. That ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
Ping Time & Other Tales of Revenge
What’s good about this collection is that a single tone permeates it rather than a theme. None of the protagonists are especially nice which might put ...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 14, 2013
Tamarisk Row
Tamarisk Row is the story of a young boy growing up in Australia. He is a solitary-type and prefers to immerse himself in an imaginary world rather th ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Apr 01, 2012
The Plains
The Plains is a dense story about a filmmaker who spends years researching a film on the seemingly featureless Australian plains country and its peopl ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 01, 2007
Among Women Only
The title of this book in Italian is Tra donne sole which transliterates as ‘Among Single Women’. I’m not sure why R.W. Flint went with Among Women On ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
The Handmaid's Tale
I’ve been making a real effort to read more books by women. Some of the books I’ve picked from must-read lists; some I’ve just taken a chance on. The ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
White Lady
I should probably say up front that Jessica and I are friends. I should add that I’m not the friend you turn to to ask if your bum looks too big in so ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
The Boy Who Kicked Pigs. Tom Baker
I picked this book up a dozen times but never bought it. Thank God for Christmas and daughters. It's a grusome little work, a wonderful diversion. If ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 18, 2007
The Yellow Wallpaper
My first thought when it comes to this book has nothing whatsoever to do with its content. The cover of the Virago edition, a British press establishe ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 11, 2007
Little Hands Clapping
This is not a perfect book. The climax comes a little quickly at least it felt like that. It might have simply been me turning the pages at a ferociou ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
I think, for once, the brevity of this book does the subject matter a disservice. The short pieces were originally presented as 90-second interludes o ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 20, 2007
The Ministry of Fear
This is one of Greene’s “entertainments”. When I first started reading it the author who came to mind was Kafka but as I got into the book I started t ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
The Humans
There’s nothing new under the sun. If you’re a writer and you really want to depress yourself spend an hour or so (as I’ve just done) clicking through ...more
May 05, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
The Year of the Hare
Arto Paasilinna was working as a journalist, a job he found was growing "more superficial and meaningless" by the day and he was looking for a change. ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Apr 29, 2013
The Third Policeman
The real problem with this novel for contemporary readers is that it’s been done before. I’m not going to tell you what’s been done before but when th ...more
Apr 27, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
Thirst, like most words, doesn’t always mean dry-mouthed. Men with ‘a thirst on’ will drink long beyond the point of rehydration. This is clearly the ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
We only find out the name of this book’s narrator on the very last page. And the same with his sister who is a constant throughout even though she’s j ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
Briefing for a Descent Into Hell
I have a problem with the word ‘experimental’ because most experiments fail; it’s in their nature. When I use word ‘experiment’ here I mean a test to ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
Comedy in a Minor Key
When you read the history books it’s easy to forget that war is all about the most ordinary of people. There are far more foot soldiers than there are ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Dept. of Speculation
Ah, the best made plans…
My plan was to never get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
The Blue Fox
In 1868, while scavenging through a shipwreck on the Icelandic coast, locals find a fourteen-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome chained to the timbers ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
The Prague Orgy
Since I’ve been working my way through Roth’s novellas I ended up jumping from the first of the Zuckerman books to this, the last, although to be fair ...more
Sep 29, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
I first encountered Salinger when I was about fourteen and we were given Catcher in the Rye to read at school. I was the right age to read the book an ...more
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 25, 2013
Train Dreams
In talking about this book a couple of reviewers have referenced Poe who, in his review of Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales. noted: “As it cannot be read ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
The Last of the Just
This is an epic book. Okay 383 pages isn't that epic but it covers a long period of time, from the 12th through to the 20th centuries. I have to say, ...more
Jan 1979
Aug 17, 2007
The Way the Family Got Away
Considering the fact I've given this three stars this is a book I think most people will either love or loathe. And I think that's why it ended up wit ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 19, 2007
Twilight of the Eastern Gods
Twilight of the Eastern Gods is a valid—although not the most significant—contribution to the world literature that underlines the belief that freedom ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
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