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The Great Gatsby
So much of the lore surrounding this book focuses on Gatsby that I was surprised to finally meet him a quarter of the way into the book.

More than Gats
Feb 29, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
People often focus on the time-travel, but gloss over the significance of the beginning. Vonnegut himself really did go back to Dresden, really did wi ...more
Apr 17, 2008
Apr 14, 2008
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
I read this over the course of three weeks and blogged about it along with several other writers. (The Big Read II) That kind of slow, reflective read ...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
Democracy in America
I read selections this time around, as I did years ago.

de Tocqueville toured and studied America not long after the French Revolution. He was hoping t
Sep 2008
Sep 18, 2008
My favorite author only gets better with age. Her usual sci-fi genre is only hinted at in this more literary work, with one character escaping into th ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 19, 2007
The Sun Also Rises
**spoiler alert** This was great fun to discuss with other classics readers.

I can finally say I've read Hemingway, but I'm not so inspired to read mor
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
The Great Gatsby
This book just gets better with more reads. When I first read it 4 or 5 years ago, I thought it was about Carraway rather than Gatsby. Now I think it' ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Turn of the Screw
Guests gather around the fire on Christmas eve and tell ghost stories. One, Douglas, was not so impressed as the others. He says, "But it's not the fi ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 12, 2007
The Good Soldier
After discussing this in our Classics book group, I revised my rating from 3 to 4 stars. This is a book that definitely is improved with conversation. ...more
Sep 13, 2012
Feb 21, 2011
The Golden Ass: Or Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics)

A bit bawdy, more modern than you'd think...or rather, modern is more ancient than you'd think. I am so glad I read this, and discussed it at one of m
May 08, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
The Lottery and Other Stories
It's worth it to read these stories with other people. There's a lot going on, no matter how short the story. Notice the names that show up from story ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
King Lear
(not reading this edition...just reading "King Lear"
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
A Tale of Two Cities
see my personal blog, contains spoilers. I appreciated the writing. I appreciated the plot, and could think some more about the two cities. I felt a l ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation
Best read over time, pick it up, read, put it down, mull over a poem...a sample....

Homcoming by Wendell Berry

One faith is bondage. Two
are free. In the
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
The Odyssey
If one wants to understand the literature of the West, one has to read The Odyssey.

This is a very readable translation. If you had to read The Odyssey
Dec 05, 2008
Nov 08, 2008
Ethan Frome
I was a little underwhelmed by this one. I didn't buy the narrator, who had to have filled in a lot of gaps in his imagination to be able to tell this ...more
May 2008
May 04, 2008
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
This book is difficult to read but worth it, mostly I think because the author doesn't try to make any of his characters likable. This is a great book ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Jul 01, 2011
Candide and Other Stories
(I just read Candide)

I haven't yet talked about it with others, so my rating could change. I feel like I should cut it a break because it is a first o
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 01, 2011
Absalom, Absalom!
If you let yourself get carried by the prose, don't worry that people don't talk like that (or wonder if someone somewhere does) you will find this is ...more
Jun 20, 2010
May 09, 2010
The Earthly Paradise: A Poem, Part 2 (Collected Works, Vol 4)
This epic poem contains the story of Eros and Psyche.

Heard of it here:

not set
Nov 22, 2012
Family Happiness and Other Stories
I'm reading the stories contained in this book but not necessarily the same translations. It's for my book group. (I have the title story available to ...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
Mrs. Dalloway
posts here, contain spoilers:
Feb 03, 2010
Dec 26, 2009
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
I read this long ago. My memory blurs with the movie, but I recall it is the sort of book one could finish, and flip over and start reading all over a ...more
Jan 1989
Nov 25, 2007
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
Dec 04, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
The Golden Bowl
I picked this up for a book group. I liked the book, but my life was much more interesting, so I just didn't spend enough time reading. Maybe another ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
The Group
Jun 15, 2008
May 29, 2008
War and Peace
Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

I still like it as much as when I read it over 25 years ago, but I just didn't have the time to stick with it.
Aug 18, 2014
Feb 21, 2011
Little Dorrit
Don't read this with a deadline. Allow yourself the time to read slowly and savor the details.
May 21, 2013
Feb 21, 2011
The Intuitionist
Surreal, allegorical, great writing. This is one I could read again.
Jan 2006
Oct 31, 2008
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
I'll be reading and blogging about this book for a month.
Jan 21, 2009
Dec 09, 2008
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