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Last week, I heard a colleague ranting about Islam and women's rights. He was reading this book and espousing Hirsi Ali's views. The next day, I lent ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
On Photography
I found this book utterly maddening. I'm giving it four stars not for the content itself, but for the quality of thinking I did while reading.

I'm rat
Jun 2008
Sep 22, 2007
All the Names
simply gorgeous. a story of timidity and how a tiny seed of imagination and curiosity can transform a person and his life.

i adore this one because the
Jun 2007
Sep 10, 2007
The Elephant Vanishes
I've been deeply disappointed in Murakami before, and I seem to remember that they're always short stories that I have found useless. But this collect ...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
Yes and no and yes and no... I was concerned about the apparent trendiness of this author, and not without reason. I was attracted to Yoshimoto by cri ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 08, 2008
Fireflies in the Mist
Extremely absorbing. I found it difficult to begin, but as I became more accustomed to the Bengali Urdu as well as Hindu and Muslim vocabulary, charac ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
What We Leave Behind
I don't think I agree with Howard Zinn that this book is a "guide" to any kind of living. For me, it presents two main problems:

1. I could give it all
Sep 19, 2010
Apr 14, 2009
Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art
Part biography and part catalog, this book is quite a find. Carrington is a major imaginative force in both visual art and literature, and she deserve ...more
May 03, 2011
Jul 19, 2008
Collected Stories, 1939-1976
stunning. some of these stories really approach perfection. i read many of them about 10 years ago, but i reread every last one this summer and found ...more
Jun 2007
Sep 09, 2007
About Looking
I had some difficulty with the longer essays in the first section of the book, but strangely, I discovered (after limping through a few pages at a tim ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Sep 25, 2010
Not a Chance: Fictions
Firstly, I want to say how rare it is that an author kidnap me from my own thoughts and life, and twist my mind to fit the vagaries of his or her char ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
The Submission
**spoiler alert** Firstly, in response to this work about prejudice and assumptions, I must confront my own. I almost set this book down without givin ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
Letters to My Mother: A Message of Love, A Plea for Freedom
Se puede leer esto en una hora. Realmente vale la pena; ademas, saber que ha pasado en las vidas de Ingrid Betancourt y sus familiares es, en su maner ...more
Jun 27, 2008
Jun 09, 2008
The Queen of Jhansi
Decidedly not history written by the victors. A sweeping, spirited and proud account of events, precedents, personalities, military details, religion, ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Csirkefej: Darabok
This is a brilliant, life-changing play. I hate reading plays. This is an exception. I'm not sure that it's been published in English, but it's availa ...more
May 12, 2008
May 12, 2008
The City Builder
heavy, thick prose overflowing with precise images heaped upon one another. enormous range of vocabularies and sensations, courageous honesty and anal ...more
May 11, 2008
Feb 01, 2008
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Extraordinary in scope. Makes the news far more interesting even than it already was. However, I withhold star 5 because someone should have run the m ...more
Mar 2009
Jan 12, 2009
Baltasar and Blimunda
i don't know what happened, but this is one of the few books i've not been able to finish. although i revere saramago, i was not at all drawn in to th ...more
Jan 2004
Sep 10, 2007
The Western Illusion of Human Nature: With Reflections on the Long History of Hierarchy, Equality and the Sublimation of Anarchy in the West, and Comparative Notes on Other Conceptions of the Human Condition
Very, very good. Very good indeed. A bit involved at times, as one would expect, but mostly fairly easy reading. Calls into question just about everyt ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
El Asco: Thomas Bernhard en San Salvador
Aunque sea una imitacion (y una muy precisa) del estilo de Bernhard, me parece bastante original. Sumamente desagradable, chistoso, y merecedor.
Aug 06, 2009
May 28, 2009
The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations
I have developed an uncharacteristically problematic relationship with this book. I find it rife with unsubstantiated and undeveloped arguments, disor ...more
Aug 10, 2013
May 07, 2013
A Journey to the End of the Millennium - A Novel of the Middle Ages
The story revolves around a legal dispute, taking place just before the year 1000, between Sephardic and Ashkenazi in-laws. The issue: a North African ...more
Dec 31, 2013
May 29, 2010
I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
I bought this book without any idea of what it was about. I liked the title.

I thought I had "race" figured out, especially after some very meaningful
Sep 10, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
The first part: simply a random string of inflammatory, sarcastic statements. Not particularly well-crafted. However, it grew on me. Extremely informa ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
The Coming Community
yes! in a bound of fabulous fortune, i am reading agamben directly after _zen mind, beginner's mind_. i'm not sure that i could handle agamben's prose ...more
Apr 06, 2008
Nov 09, 2007
A Grain of Wheat
A masterpiece. The characters are sharply drawn and the plot is indisputably powerful. I am very moved by the depth of characterization (helped along ...more
May 12, 2012
Oct 17, 2011
The Year of Magical Thinking
It is probably a mistake to seek help in a book. Certainly it was a mistake for me to hope to find something resembling help in this particular one.

Mar 08, 2015
Mar 08, 2015
Decir casi lo mismo
I started to read this book several years ago and, without knowing why, set it aside. My copy ended up in the wrong country for a while, and recently ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Nov 22, 2008
Maps: Finding Our Place in the World
This is One of Those Books. I imagine that a relatively small number of people who've bought it have actually read any substantial portion of it, beca ...more
May 26, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
Seeing (Blindness, #2)
_Seeing_ is vintage Saramago, by turns provocative and humble, sardonic and sincere. Although he's one of my favorite writers of fiction, I've found o ...more
May 21, 2008
Apr 05, 2008
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