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The Savage Detectives
4.04
What I love about this book, and what justifies all the buzz and adulation Bolano has received, is the way he brings to life his generation of ardent...more
Jul 10, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
Pudd'nhead Wilson
3.72
This was the first audio book I ever listened to (on a road trip to Danville, KY, eerily reminiscent of the early 19th c. Missouri river town of the n...more
Jun 14, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
 
Disgrace
3.81
A spare, riveting, perfect book--every word and thought counts. More than anything I've ever read or heard about the clash of races/cultures/politics...more
Mar 14, 2008
Jun 09, 2009
 
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
4.05
In this book, Pollan expounds on his essential principles on diet: "eat food (actually pretty hard to do these days); not too much; mostly fruits and...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Chesapeake
4.05
I almost put this down after 200 pages because it's so ferociously non-literary, but I'm glad I slogged through. Michener takes a god's eye view of th...more
Sep 05, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
The White Tiger
3.68
I appreciated the energy of Adiga's writing, and his portrayal of the seamy, wretched underbelly of contemporary India. He spent some time hanging out...more
Oct 22, 2009
Feb 07, 2010
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.69
I was curious about this because it was such a sensation in Europe, and enjoyed the insider's view of contemporary French culture--seen through the ey...more
May 10, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
3.59
A very sweet and touching book about a young man in the Ethiopian/African immigrant community in Washington DC, his efforts to connect with an America...more
Mar 28, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
The Things They Carried
4.10
This is a very moving book. It made me feel that I have at least some sense of what it must have been like to fight in Viet Nam,the great nightmare of...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
 
Oscar and Lucinda
3.70
A wonderful love story about two eccentric loners, a God-haunted cleric from England and a young Australian heiress and feminist, who embark on a mad...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
 
Rock 'n' Roll
3.71
This should have been terrific, with its focus on the resistance of the dissidents in communist Czechoslovakia and the role of rock 'n' roll in the yo...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
3.89
Only 100 pages, but intense, eloquent, and illuminating. This made the experience of slavery in America real to me in a way it's never been before. As...more
Sep 06, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Herzog
3.78
I think you may have to be middle-aged to appreciate this book. Poor old Herzog is mired in mid-like crisis, skulking around his ex-wife and her lover...more
Nov 11, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
 
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
3.45
Entertaining but oddly superficial. There's pathos in the aging, jaded art/gossip journalist's last fling in Venice, but his disintegration in Varanas...more
Aug 29, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
 
Pale Fire
4.19
Not as profound and compelling a story as Lolita, and the academic parody can seem a little overwrought sometimes, but this is ultimately very beautif...more
Apr 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
The Winter Vault
3.51
Her previous novel, Fugitive Pieces, was absolutely amazing. Now, a movie, I see...
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Ravelstein
3.58
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Feb 04, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
The Liars' Club
3.89
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Feb 25, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
Divisadero
3.45
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Dreamtigers
4.26
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Oct 15, 2009
 
A Place of Greater Safety
4.03
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite
4.11
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Lucky Jim
3.80
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Jun 30, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
 
Rules for Old Men Waiting
3.66
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Sep 15, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
 
Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
4.34
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Aug 15, 2009
 
The Great Fire
3.38
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Feb 28, 2010
 
Season of Migration to the North
3.77
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Oct 15, 2009
 
Belle du Seigneur
4.14
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Mar 06, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
Netherland
3.40
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Jun 09, 2009
 
Under the Glacier
3.62
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Mar 25, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
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