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Molloy
4.12
I had this book with me while at the beach. The beach was cold. It was mid-spring and it was New England. I stood and I looked at the sea. The sea loo ...more
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Apr 30, 2008
 
Post Office
4.02
Bukowski was once an idol of mine. I've since grown up. He took himself too seriously (while pretending that he didn't). And he was practically talent ...more
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Oct 11, 2007
 
Freedom
3.69
Shamelessly conventional, both in style (especially in style) and subject. Packed with adverbs. Multitudes of awkward passages. Lacking in musicality. ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 17, 2010
 
Howl and Other Poems
4.15
Muddled, addled and overrated. In fact, any rating, even a single star or half-moon, is too much for this amateur-hour of a "poem." It might have play ...more
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Apr 23, 2008
 
Jesus' Son
4.18
This book ruined my reading bone for a long time. I wanted every story I read, every story by every other author, to be just like the stories in Jesus ...more
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Mar 15, 2008
 
Eeeee Eee Eeee
3.34
Let me first say that I love and admire the title of this novel. I love and especially admire that each line of e's is a different length: 5, 3, 4. I ...more
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Jul 01, 2008
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
There are many admirable words associated with this novel. "Genius." "Messianic." "Free-wheeling fantasy." These words aren't my words. My words (But ...more
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Jun 29, 2012
 
The Colossus and Other Poems
4.20
Perhaps I shouldn't have tried to read The Colossus all at once. It's had, it's had an, it's made me. . . I'm sorry, I have to sit down and start agai ...more
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Apr 05, 2008
 
In Watermelon Sugar
4.04
This is the book that made me realize that Brautigan was a sham writer. I had my suspicions after reading Revenge of the Lawn and Trout Fishing in Ame ...more
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Oct 23, 2007
 
Cosmos
4.09
The copy of Cosmos that I own had been read previously by a college student who clearly wouldn't have read it otherwise. At first, his marginalia are ...more
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May 11, 2009
 
Laughter in the Dark
3.92
The trick with Nabokov, with any novelist, is to sympathize not with the characters but with characters' creator. There is no one in this novel to get ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 19, 2007
 
My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist
3.68
I had a crush on this book when I was a kid. The book, not the man behind the book. I remember reading the story, The Suggestiveness of One Stray Hair ...more
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Mar 03, 2008
 
Huge
3.23
If I took the time, I'm sure I could think up a kitbag of cheap shots to hurl at Huge. Instead, all I have to offer is this soiled hanky of a Goodread ...more
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Jul 21, 2009
 
Karoo
3.82
It's a pity. A pity that Steve Tesich didn't live longer, didn't write more novels. Instead he spent his time writing screenplays or fixing up the scr ...more
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Jun 17, 2008
 
The Land of Laughs
3.94
Here's what I think: it has a lot of "Boy, howdy!" dialogue. Sometimes the narration reads like an eager family newsletter and is infested with as man ...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
 
Wild at Heart
3.76
I read this for the first time while working at a bookstore on Decatur Street in New Orleans. There was a scene where a character (the sleazy private ...more
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Jan 04, 2008
 
Watt
4.02
The first and last chapters read like the first and last acts of a strange, sad, often hilarious, always absurd play. And in-between there is much str ...more
not set
Apr 12, 2011
 
Lolita
3.86
I feel stupid for even talking about this book. That is, I don't think I have anything to add to what's been said better by others more important, mor ...more
Apr 1992
Oct 04, 2007
 
The Palm-Wine Drinkard
3.84
I'm puzzled by the popularity of this novel. I own a small new and used book store and I cannot keep this book stocked. It simply won't linger on the ...more
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Jan 31, 2012
 
Mr Palomar
3.88
If this were a novel (it isn't), it would have the rare distinction of being entirely characterless. (Which is not to say it is without character. Cha ...more
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Dec 01, 2011
 
The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov
3.91
The lasering of her thesis* quickly grows wearisome. And I think Nabokov would look dourly upon the many, many stock phrases and phoned-in language us ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
 
Nazi Literature in the Americas
3.87
Nazi Literature in the Americas, by Roberto Bolaño, New York, 2008. A collection of faux-criticism and thumbnail biographies of authors who never exis ...more
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Apr 20, 2008
 
Havana Lunar
3.48
You have coffee?

There is a lot of want in Bob's novel but not a lot left wanting. Oh, there were times when I wished he'd be more careful about his la
...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Mr. Sammler's Planet
3.73
At first it was the all the lists that did me in, that weighed on me like work undone. Lists of words, on every other page it seemed, clogging the cap ...more
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Feb 05, 2009
 
Tropic of Capricorn
3.85
Should have been banned for its banality rather than its sexual content. I recently reread the first page and counted five cliches.* I'd've found more ...more
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Jan 10, 2008
 
Transmission
3.37
Reads like a college-class treatment for a movie I'd never want to see. Of the many, many examples of its otherworldly unwriterliness, here is one tha ...more
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Mar 28, 2008
 
Adverbs
3.44
I've never read Handler's kid stuff but Adverbs did make me feel young again, if you don't mind that dust-smudged cliche. Not that I'm old even. And I ...more
Jul 2007
Oct 03, 2007
 
Bottomless Belly Button
3.81
The things that Shaw does with light, with water, with sand will confound your eyes and uproot your mind.

There is detail here. Shaw has paid attentio
...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
Altmann's Tongue: Stories and a Novella
4.19
Bit of a mixed bag. But what a bag! Imagine it: orange velvet exterior, lined with crushed glass, brimful with tasty treats and tender traps. There's ...more
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Mar 12, 2008
 
Partial List of People to Bleach
4.26
This book has stung me. This book is a scorpian in the shoe, a wasp in the potato salad. It is always that way with Lutz and me. With Lutz's words, I ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
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