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Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations
3.65
Quotes

"Freud tellingly depicted the strong and lingering effects of an even younger age, how the child's passionate desires, inadequate understanding,...more
Aug 17, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
 
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
3.99
"Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues."

"Belief in God? An afterlife? I believe in rock...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
 
Last Night at the Lobster
3.52
O'Nan does not plead Manny Deleons'case... he just let's his action speak; the good, the bad, and the dumbstruck. A far more compelling, and empatheti...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
Arkansas
3.74
“Finished with a tight flourish, yet meandered throughout. Some comical and memorable scenes but lacks the clean focus of his newer releases. Think, "...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
 
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond
3.89
"The villagers sit close together, everyone touching someone else, steeped in a contentment that seems, at this moment, perpetual. It occurs to the wr...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
 
A Thousand Mornings
4.19
For me, reading Mary Oliver is like meeting a rarely seen, but much-loved and admired friend; a conversation and a glimpse into their life feels like...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
 
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
3.98


Wow. Just... wow.
Until you've lived long enough to see yourself "physically" age, and have that realization that you will eventually grow old and die...more
Dec 07, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
 
The Last Day of a Condemned Man
3.95
The cold rain, the shackles, the dingy cell, the blood-thirsty crowds, and of course the galleys.
If you haven't read Hugo, this slim volume is a nice...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
 
Candide
3.74
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
refrain from, "All Things Bright and...more
Jan 06, 2008
Nov 23, 2012
 
It All Turns on Affection: The Jefferson Lecture and Other Essays
4.23
A few quotes:

"It is a great oddity that a corporation, which properly speaking has no self, is by definition selfish, responsible only to itself. Thi...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
The Journey to the East
3.70

"Welcome to McDonalds, go ahead with your order..."

Order? Why yes... I had just had a rather frightful scare
from a beast... I must have drifted off.....more
Dec 11, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
Smut
3.45
I presume that there will be a similar response to Bennett's "Smut," as to Albee's "The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?"; replacing zoophilia with a sort of s...more
Dec 11, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
3.70
‎"If you're constantly ruminating about what you just did, or what you should have done, or what you would have done ... You WILL miss your life."- Sa...more
Jan 07, 2008
Dec 03, 2012
 
Of Wolves and Men
4.27
A few random quotes:

"Imagine a wolf moving through the northern woods. The movement, over a trail he has traversed many times before, is distinctive,...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
 
One for the Books
3.57
Queenan is refreshingly opinionated from a reader who's "reading life" cannot be separated from his actual life.

"For me, books have always been a sa...more
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
 
The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky's Red River Gorge
4.15
"There is something suicidal, and more sinister than that, in this quest for easy wealth and easy answers, for it proposes goals that are dead ends, t...more
May 30, 2014
May 30, 2014
 
Given Ground
4.34
A few notable quotes:


"Every Christmas Lindy'd stand beside the conveyor belt under electronic monitors with the other passengers, well-dressed and col...more
Aug 07, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
The Bookshop
3.36
The small and petty desires of the well-connected win the day, with reverberating effect.
Florence, is a wonderful "Everyman"; familiar yet short of h...more
Jan 2013
Jan 01, 2013
 
The Tartar Steppe
4.08
Giovanni Drogo, a young officer with hopes of battlefield glory is stationed at a remote fort overlooking the vast Tartar Steppe. Discovering too late...more
Mar 29, 2008
Dec 05, 2012
 
We Others: New and Selected Stories
3.89
Not a review, just quotes:

"Matthew had his own theory, which he sometimes believed: that everyone had a secret, a shameful thing they had done, and th...more
Aug 20, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
 
Pan
3.92
“He was a warrior, a warrior for mankind, and a prophet of the gospel of justice for all nations.”

Hamsun wrote this in 1945, after the suicide of Hitl...more
Apr 06, 2008
Dec 05, 2012
 
Levels of Life
3.87
Wow...
What a privilege.
Thank you Mr. Barnes.


On Felix Tournachon:

"He was born in 1820 and died in 1910. He was a tall, gangling figure with a mane of r...more
Apr 11, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
 
We
3.97
Zamyatin may have cleared way for other Dystopian novels, such as Brave New World and 1984... but criticizing Communism was not his only target; he wa...more
Mar 16, 2008
Dec 05, 2012
 
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
4.12
word of advice: consider reading this book a single chapter a sitting... put it down, come back to it later. It may be under 300pgs but spread it over...more
Sep 08, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
El túnel
4.04
sabato creates a misanthropic artist whose task it is to prove that the world is inhabited by frauds even at the expense of love and his sanity.

I'd fo...more
Mar 14, 2008
Dec 05, 2012
 
Siddhartha
3.94
“It took awhile to get past the "holy" mumb jumbo-ness and just allow the story to unfold into the bittersweet tale of "seeking and finding" that it i...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
 
The Stranger
3.92
The ennui of a psychopath.

... I got nothin'.

So, here's a song:

"Time to get a gun
That's what I've been thinking
I could afford one
If I did just a lit...more
Apr 10, 2008
Dec 05, 2012
 
Snuff
3.15
Up until this novel, I had been a faithful Palahniuk reader.
I don't mind a gross out as long as it rewards with a great story and characters to connec...more
May 25, 2008
Dec 13, 2012
 
Fiskadoro
3.50
So much seems to be going on in this book that perhaps it's crammed too tightly in just over 200 pages. Every memorable and vivid character is their o...more
Apr 17, 2008
Dec 05, 2012
 
The Violent Bear it Away
4.15
Populated with religious lunatics, and spiritual eunuchs; naturally I loved it.

However, it's been four years, and I'm still hesitant to read more fro...more
May 12, 2008
Dec 13, 2012
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