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White Teeth
It's hard to determine my stance on this book. Zadie Smith is clearly an extremely gifted prose writer, but on the whole it seemed like an excessively...more
Dec 2007
Dec 24, 2007
Black Swan Green
Mitchell comes awfully close to kitsch at points, writing a coming-of-age novel dealing with social awkwardness, first kisses, familial disharmony, ea...more
Sep 2011
Sep 21, 2011
The Sense of an Ending
A novel that started strong and ended in a bit of a mire, which is always disappointing. But I have to say that it isn't bad, it just ended on a somew...more
Jan 2013
Jan 23, 2013
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Any fan of Cloud Atlas will recognize the similar themes: the necessity of keeping one mind's free in a fascist milieu, the violence of the colonial e...more
Mar 2013
Mar 26, 2013
At its best, Saturday is a story of ordinary lives against a slightly carnivalesque backdrop, told by a judicious and charming authorial voice-- it re...more
Feb 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Cloud Atlas
Whoa! Tour de force! It's a story of a post-apocalyptic Hawaiian society that worships a Korean clone inspired by a film about a British publisher tra...more
Nov 2010
Oct 28, 2010
Something to Tell You
Lots of lapsed Muslims squirt semen on one another amid punk rockers and champagne socialists right as London lost its swing. Yes, it's a Hanif Kureis...more
Mar 2014
Mar 30, 2014
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