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The Ladies' Paradise (Les Rougon-Macquart, #11)
Holy Mother of God...

I do not know where to begin with this.

You see this title, and you look up the book: "Oh, a novel about women and shopping, this
Mar 10, 2012
Jun 08, 2011
Forbidden Colors
It's such a pity that Forbidden Colours will always be foreshadowed by Mishima's other works that had closer ties to his eventual death, because if he ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
The Library of Babel
Found this to be a great analogy to the world we live in. Everyone seems to have the answer to all of life's problems, but the issue is it's not so si ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Lord Jim
The first half of this book is heavy work, Conrad throws a lot at you without a lot of dialogue to break it up. A very psychological novel based on th ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2012
Invitation to a Beheading
This was great, I love Nabokov when he`s not being so pompous in his prose.

But if I hear one more person label this as `Kafkaesque` I`ll smack them go
Mar 25, 2012
Sep 26, 2010
Thérèse Raquin
Zola Zola Zola.

Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am
Sep 08, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics
What an interesting little book! As many of my Goodreads friends know, I have a keen interest in Japan, although I've never really read into its' hist ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
On Liberty
It's amazing how it appears as if the older the work, the more relevant it is to today. Sure, this is anything but 'old' in comparison to Socrates and ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Grass for My Pillow
How can I review a book so unique, and yet so foreign to me?

To the core, this is an anti-war work written during the Vietnam War. It is decades after
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
The Glass Bead Game
Could have been 200 pages less. On a similar note, I received an email from a Chinese friend of mine today who is in Australia for student exchange. T ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Nov 16, 2010
Grass on the Wayside (Michikusa)
Definitely Soseki`s most serious book. His only autobiographical novel (excluding perhaps fragments of Botchan in which he used his own experiences as ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Three stars for me is pretty low, and it`s disappointing that I am giving it to an author like Orwell. Generally I love his works, they are so diverse ...more
Jun 11, 2012
Sep 10, 2010
I realise this was probably written for the average individual in mind, given the political nature of the novel (and the fact that Gorky was one of th ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Dec 17, 2010
Cousin Bette (Poor Relations)
Stupid men falling for vicious and manipulative women. You don't see that every day!
Apr 18, 2012
Jun 20, 2011
August 1914
Ever wanted to smack someone in the face because of their insistent incompetency and blatant disregard for others just because of their own self-inter ...more
May 12, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
In Praise of Shadows
A beautiful little essay that I certainly enjoyed more than I thought I would. I tend to shy away from non-fiction works as a result of their normally ...more
Jul 23, 2011
May 09, 2011
At the end of it, enjoyed this more than Crime and Punishment. This may be from the incessant praise and talking up of C&P, and the criticism I ha ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Sep 10, 2010
The Communist Manifesto
If you've done any units on economics or have read quite a bit of European literature from the 1800's to early 1900's, probably you won't take that mu ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Sep 08, 2010
Алые паруса
That was a sweet little story, it truly is a nice thing when you stumble across an author like Grin by chance and are rewarded with such beautiful pro ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
I watched this performed on a Youtube video, think BBC did it. I am pretty confused, but from what I gather is that they are waiting for death and eve ...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 10, 2011
I actually prefer this to some of the Nabokov I've already read. It doesn't have the pretentiousness and arrogance evident in many of his later books. ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Oct 01, 2010
The Importance of Being Earnest
Insert everything that has been said about how witty Wilde is blah blah blah
Mar 21, 2011
Nov 05, 2010
The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi: Detective Stories of Old Edo
I didn`t mind the read for what it was, I just wish that Hanshichi`s antagonists put up more resistance when he had them cornered. Seemed a bit too ea ...more
Aug 07, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Oh boy, here we go.
May 12, 2012
Jul 03, 2011
The Black Sheep
Balzac you Boss
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Note: I generally go for more modern translations for the classics, but for this I went with the public domain one, and it was fine.

Gustave Flaubert,
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Seven Japanese Tales
Certainly a nice variation of stories to get a grasp on whether or not you're a fan of Tanizaki, as each story has very different things on offer. His ...more
May 21, 2011
May 05, 2011
Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
Not doing it anymore. This is painstaking.

I refuse to go through any more of a 1000+ page book where almost the entirety of it is laced with dialogue,
May 18, 2011
May 16, 2011
Zen Haiku
I know it's retarded to read Japanese Haiku in other languages, but I'm never going to be reading it in Japanese so I should check it out as best I ca ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World
This is an amazing little gem, and its applicability for today is amazing! If you can find this, please spare the twenty or so minutes it would take f ...more
May 28, 2011
May 24, 2011
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