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U.S.A.
4.08
Attempting to tackle Dos Passos' U.S.A. trilogy in one week, Thanksgiving week, nonetheless, was quite a challenge and has put my "book a week" schedu ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 22, 2010
 
Tobacco Road
3.73
By God and by Jesus (oft repeated by Tobacco Road’s Jeeter Lester), this was a distressing read. If this is any indication of the effects of severe po ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
The Wapshot Chronicle
3.75
Set in the fictional seaside town of St. Bostolphs, Massachusetts, we meet the Wapshot family. Written with such flair, we get to know many of the Wap ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Point Counter Point
3.82
I am still shaking my head in disbelief that Huxley penned this drivel just four years prior to the publication of Brave New World. Perhaps I’ve misse ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
The Ambassadors
3.64
**spoiler alert** Okay, so I had a bit of a sour taste in my mouth after reading James’ The Wings of the Dove, but I truly went into The Ambassadors h ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
 
The Day of the Locust
3.80
I felt as though I’d clicked on TCM and was watching a film with one of those actors whose name you can’t recall, yet you know you’ve seen him in…oh, ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
 
The Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale for Tired Men
4.50
After my introduction to Beerbohm via Zuleika Dobson, I promised to revisit this master storyteller and am pleased to say I have done so with my readi ...more
Apr 14, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Ivanhoe
3.72
This was not necessarily a book I was looking forward to. I feared the language would prove distracting (it was not) and the swashbuckling tiresome (i ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Jennie Gerhardt
3.98
Having read Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie from the Modern Library List, I wanted more, yet feared I might be disappointed this time ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
 
Death in Venice
3.72
This work made me very uncomfortable and I felt somewhat hypocritical in that I previously praised Lolita without focusing on the subject matter. Not ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
 
Angle of Repose
4.27
Another masterpiece is upon me and its praises I must sing. Does thee wonder at such declarations? Do not, for Angle of Repose has delivered me into b ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
 
God's Little Acre
3.67
After being enthralled with Tobacco Road, I was ready for more Erskine Caldwell. Equally if not even more disturbing, God’s Little Acre took human ind ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
No Longer at Ease
3.81
Reading No Longer at Ease was such a pleasure, as if I were walking barefoot, enjoying all things around me and taking in every little nuance. I truly ...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.85
This could have, and should have been a great book. Unfortunately, Faulkner’s use of the stream of consciousness technique served only to confuse and ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1)
3.94
What an unexpected gem this was. There is certainly no wondering why this is considered one of the best novels of the 20th century. My one disappointm ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
 
Darkness at Noon
4.04
Darkness at Noon was a heavy read that piqued my curiosity about the real life of Arthur Koestler.

Koestler lived with a zest for righteousness and he
...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
3.96
This was my second reading of Catch 22 and let’s just say, it’s been a number of years since my original perusal. I do recall laughing aloud, however, ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
Beloved
3.71
This selection is one that has been on my radar for quite some time and recently I feared I had omitted it from my current list of 100. Quite fortunat ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
 
Under the Volcano
3.80
I was hoping to enjoy Under the Volcano, but unfortunately I did not. My initial trepidation was fueled by knowledge that the author, Malcolm Lowry ha ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
 
Nineteen Eighty-Four
4.09
This was a disturbing book, not only, as expected, due to its forewarnings, but to its very graphic details especially with regards to human suffering ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
 
The Way of All Flesh
3.60
What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be. I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to reading a book written in the 1800′s and published in 19 ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
 
Winesburg, Ohio: Text and Criticism
3.83
Another pleasant surprise in my journey was Winesburg, Ohio. While I don't like to know much regarding plot in advance of reading each book, I do rout ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
4.08
The sordid tale of two drug addled sojourners in search of the American Dream in Las Vegas in an attempt to fulfill an assignment with a magazine.

What
...more
Dec 2014
Nov 24, 2014
 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
3.94
After finishing the lengthy An American Tragedy, I was pondering a break, however, I'm a sucker for a good southern tale and The Heart is a Lonely Hun ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
 
The Good Soldier
3.72
Ford is quite the storyteller and does so with great humor and wit with The Good Soldier, a sad tale, or rather, if I may, a tragic love quadrangle.

Th
...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
 
The Return
3.61
Having come to respect this famed author, I was insistent on reading more of his work and without any specific recommendation, discovered this early p ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
A Bend in the River
3.76
For most of A Bend in the River, I was able to put aside my personal feelings about Mr. Naipaul, but it didn’t carry me all the way through (see more ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
 
A Farewell to Arms
3.76
Hemingway’s stint as an ambulance driver with the Italian Red Cross during WWI was the driving force (pun intended) behind A Farewell to Arms. Its gen ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
 
Finnegans Wake
3.65
Anyone who has read my other Joyce reviews is well aware that I am most certainly no fan of the enigmatic writing style many consider genius. I am not ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
 
The Secret Agent
3.56
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Perhaps it was due to actual events that unfolded last week that made me less than enthusiastic about p ...more
May 09, 2011
May 02, 2011
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