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Infidel
4.19
it was amazing
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
3.84
really liked it
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
...more
Jun 2008
Sep 22, 2007
 
All the Names
3.88
it was amazing
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
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Jun 2007
Sep 10, 2007
 
The Elephant Vanishes
3.88
it was amazing
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
 
Lizard
3.65
liked it
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
 
About Looking
4.01
really liked it
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
 
Collected Stories, 1939-1976
4.43
it was amazing
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
 
Fireflies in the Mist
3.93
it was amazing
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
4.09
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
...more
Sep 19, 2010
Apr 14, 2009
 
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
3.98
really liked it
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
 
Vertical Motion
3.56
really liked it
When I finished the first story, I went directly back to the beginning and started it again. It didn't take long to realize that I was in the presence ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
 
Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir
3.34
did not like it
Truly horrible. Boring, self-indulgent, with no sense of what is of interest to the reader. I love the work of so many of the artists included that I' ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Baltasar and Blimunda
3.90
it was ok
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 Gospel According to Jesus Christ
4.26
really liked it
as hesitant as i am to name a "favorite" author, when pressed, it's saramago i choose. this novel contains, as do all of saramago's works, innumerable ...more
Jun 2007
Sep 09, 2007
 
I Write What I Like: Selected Writings
4.32
it was amazing
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
...more
Sep 10, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
 
Half-Blood Blues
3.63
it was amazing
Half-Blood Blues lifted me right out of Berlin of 2011 and dumped me like a sack of potatoes into the Berlin of 1939, the Paris of 1940, and the Berli ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art
4.32
it was amazing
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
 
The Submission
3.66
it was amazing
**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
 
A Grain of Wheat
3.82
it was amazing
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
 
Not a Chance: Fictions
4.33
really liked it
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
 
Letters to My Mother
3.43
it was amazing
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
 
Decir casi lo mismo
3.97
it was ok
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
 
Seeing
3.75
it was amazing
_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
 
The Queen of Jhansi
3.66
it was amazing
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
 
Gestures
4.37
it was amazing
Courageous, gently tragic, humanistic.

I can't understand how this, the fictional memoir of an 83-year-old, with all of the wisdom one would expect th
...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
Csirkefej: Darabok
4.00
it was amazing
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
3.74
it was amazing
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
 
Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death
3.75
really liked it
Magical, maddening, provocative, poorly argued. It occurs to me that Antigone's attachment of great importance to the burying of her brother's body, w ...more
Dec 11, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
 
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir
3.76
it was amazing
To savor.

Early on, like Joyce that one could understand. More coherent later, mirroring (as I see it) Binyavanga's integration into the World and his
...more
Sep 14, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
Glass Grapes: and Other Stories
4.26
really liked it
Effective, with a wonderful voice. Perhaps too effective. I felt that the five or six stories I read all had a similar, vaguely sick voice which took ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
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