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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.69
Oh, God, where do I even begin?

Can one give a book half a star? A quarter? How does something so pretentious and egomanical become a popular bestselle...more
Apr 06, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories
4.28
These stories are amazingly grim. Practically every single one manages to end with the death of someone or another, usually in the grisliest and most...more
Aug 03, 2013
Jun 28, 2012
 
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
3.84
I am profoundly sad to give this book the one star it is currently getting. Truly sad, because up until page 277 I was enjoying myself, enjoying it, a...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Goldfinch
3.90
Really weird reading experience. On the one hand, it is very well-written. So well-written that you really don't feel the burden of the 770+ pages, an...more
Jul 19, 2014
Dec 23, 2013
 
The Sheltering Sky
3.92
Maybe I just don't enjoy post-colonial existential angst. I don't know. perhaps this sort of thing doesn't age as well as other subjects, but I can sa...more
Aug 18, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
Trilby
3.37
Well, this was quite the anti-Semitic rag. Even for the norms of the time, which were notoriously lax about this sort of thing, and a publication date...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.89
Disclosure: my review of this book is probably extremely biased, because I am neither a parent, nor American.

It's easy to talk out of one's ass about...more
not set
Jul 30, 2014
 
The Awakening and Other Stories
3.80
I have to put this out there straight off; objectively this is a quite good book, a classic, and I have seen many other people like it.

I cannot tell a...more
Jan 15, 2013
Oct 18, 2011
 
Room
3.95
This is really rather a sweet book, for something dealing with so potentially horrendous a subject as incarceration, kidnapping and all the other good...more
Feb 2012
Feb 20, 2011
 
Middlesex
3.93
Middlesex was a good, but not staggering, sort of book. I can see why it won a Pulitzer - it tackled not only issues of sexual identity and orientatio...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 21, 2011
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.71
Well, this was one heck of a weird book. But it had far too much sense of humour for me to dislike it. The twenty-question striptease scene had me in...more
May 21, 2013
Apr 28, 2011
 
Flight Behavior
3.71
This is the second novel I am reading this year in which women's lives are saved, somehow, by science. That is not an unremarkable coincidence because...more
Feb 20, 2014
May 25, 2013
 
Annie's Song
4.21
Okay, so, not normally prone to reading romance novels, I really did have a bias problem. The book was not as horrible as I anticipated - though I was...more
not set
Feb 05, 2011
 
Einstein's Dreams
4.07
This is a very clever little book, half speculative fiction, and half metaphor. All the things that happen in it are both completely alien and almost...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
Melmoth the Wanderer
3.70
It's fun to be back, for a little while, to a time in which heroes were heroes, villains were villanious, and passions ran so high they spilled overbo...more
Aug 13, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
 
Henderson the Rain King
3.79
Sadly, I found this book to be, not to mince words... dull.

The narrator's unlimited satirical egotism was dull, the plot plodded along and was dull,...more
Feb 25, 2014
Aug 18, 2013
 
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
4.09
This is a cute little book, which, in the tradition of what little I've seen of South American fiction, meanders around a great deal. To say it concer...more
Mar 15, 2014
Apr 23, 2013
 
The Death of the Heart
3.69
A short and surprisingly sweet - for a given sense of sweet - kind of book where nothing much happens, but the nothing much still manages to be engagi...more
Jul 08, 2014
Oct 12, 2013
 
Pale Fire
4.19
Nabokov is the only author I know of so far who, by some trick of genius, managed to make me like an extremely unlikable narrator. I am not sure how h...more
Jan 04, 2014
Nov 23, 2013
 
The Old Wives' Tale
3.79
Apparently reviewers of the time called this book "honest but dull." I can't help agreeing. It was, in no more words than that, honest, but exceptiona...more
Mar 27, 2014
Oct 13, 2013
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
3.73
Warning: In order to enjoy this book, you have to be Jewish. But not too Jewish. And definitely not an Israeli.

Preferably, you will be a well-educated...more
not set
Aug 03, 2013
 
חמסין וציפורים משוגעות
3.00
לא בטוחה איך להסביר את התגבוה שלי לספר הזה מלבד לומר שהוא נורא, נורא, נורא ישראלי. ותאמינו לי – זו לא מחמאה.

יש משהו בסופרים היקרים שלנו שכולם מאוד מנס...more
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
 
If You Awaken Love
3.48
I enjoyed the book, though I never managed to warm up to the protagonist - Shlomzi - who really made all the mistakes a rather foolish person can make...more
May 2012
Sep 10, 2011
 
State of Wonder
3.83
I'm very seldom attracted to books based on their aesthetics. I can't say I am entirely cover-blind - I'm as ashamed as anyone to get on the bus with...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
 
Prodigal Summer
3.94
This was a pretty decent read.

I confess, compared to the other Kingsolvers I've read, this one left me a little bit indifferent; as though I were read...more
Jul 19, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
 
Great House
3.41
Ooh, boy...

I would not normally say that I am afraid of difficult reads. Some are clearly beyond my power - or perhaps just leave me indifferent - lik...more
Aug 20, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
What Maisie Knew
3.45
An actually tolerable Henry James. I am frankly astonished. Perhaps because he was asking to 'dumb it down', I found his dialogue practically comprehe...more
Mar 08, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
 
Cranford
3.83
This is a pretty cute sort of book, so long as one is prepared to the fact that it's not a novel, as such, but a series of vignettes. I wasn't prepare...more
Apr 19, 2013
Aug 01, 2012
 
Lolita
3.85
Okay, I really did not think I was going to enjoy this one - classic or no - but I actually did. It is so fantastically written and structured, that o...more
Apr 22, 2012
Oct 06, 2011
 
The Monk
3.77
This book is so over the top that it practically spills over and pools around the container.
Mar 16, 2013
Oct 25, 2012
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