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Run
3.48
As an admitted Anne Patchett fan, this is the third novel of hers that I have read. I had the good fortune to start her work with Bel Canto, which st...more
Feb 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Devil's Disciple
3.74
The first play that I have read, the Devils Disciple is an encouraging start. Fast paced, clever, and witty this three act play follows the lives of...more
Aug 2009
Aug 18, 2009
 
On Chesil Beach
3.49
Yet another of McEwans poignant well written novels dealing with the uncomfortable and awkward aspects of love. This particular book finds two newly...more
Mar 2009
Apr 01, 2009
 
A Mercy
3.60
One of a treasure trove of books I received for christmas, I can only hope that one other out of that loot approaches this novel. Morrison's latest n...more
Jan 2009
Jan 23, 2009
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.84
Having just finished this Pulitzer and Book cicrle winner I am still a bit at a loss as to how to describe it. This is the tale of the tragic life Os...more
Feb 2009
Feb 09, 2009
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
Water for Elephants is the retrospective tale of a young veternarian who unexpectedly joins a traveling railroad circus around the start of the great...more
Mar 2008
Mar 29, 2008
 
Le Divorce
2.81
This second novel of Johnson's which I have read traces the adventures of Isabel Walker, an attractive young film school drop out who travels to Fran...more
Dec 2008
Dec 18, 2008
 
The Plot Against America
3.65
In the recent past few events in American History weight in our collective rightousness like our involvement in World War 2; particularly in our effo...more
Nov 2008
Dec 03, 2008
 
Three Early Novels: The Old Boys, The Boarding-House, The Love Department
3.77
This collection of three novels all feature Sienfeldian-like plots, that for the most part made up of small aspects of various characters daily lives...more
Jan 2009
Jan 30, 2009
 
Cutting for Stone
4.26
The second novel by Verghese that I have read (My Own Country) is delightful, not only as a individual work of fiction, but as a demonstration of how...more
Sep 2011
Jun 18, 2012
 
The Little Stranger
3.48
The second of Waters novels which I have read (the other being The Fingersmith) this is the gothic tale, told in the first person by a Dr. Faraday wh...more
Jan 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
A Sudden Country
3.52
A well traveled book in my family, from my aunt in Seattle to my mother and on to me, this novel recounts a much more arduous and life changing journ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 10, 2009
 
Kate Vaiden
3.84
A winner of the National Bokk Critics Circle Award this is painfully obvious story of the title character, Kate Vaiden. Reynolds Price amongst his ma...more
Jan 2010
Feb 01, 2010
 
The Seven Sisters
3.36
This, the first work I have read by Drabble left me with mixed feelings. This work traces Candida (all sorts of allusion and inferences can be made b...more
Aug 2011
Dec 02, 2011
 
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.81
A very lovely book that does not fit well into any one specific category, this work loosely traces the historical trail of a collection of netsuke (s...more
Feb 2011
Mar 01, 2011
 
The Voyage Out
3.73
Never having read anything by Woolf before, yet acknowledging her place in the literary world I somehow expected more from this classic. This is the...more
Feb 2010
Mar 05, 2010
 
Cry, the Beloved Country
3.83
Patons deceptively simple prose belies a powerful spiritual work of touching redemption for many of its main characters. The elegant and uncomplicate...more
Jul 2009
Jul 10, 2009
 
The Art of Fielding
3.99
An interesting tale, that at the end of it all left me wanting, for reasons I can not completely articulate. This is the tale primarily of a baseball...more
Sep 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
The Patrick Melrose Novels
4.04
Having seen Edward St. Aubyn referenced in many a past book review (and universally glowingly so) I figured it was time to try one of his novels. Thi...more
Oct 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
God on the Rocks
3.65
The third of Gardam's novels I have read (Old FILTH, Queen of the Tambourines), this proved to be every bit as enjoyable as the first two. Overall th...more
Nov 2012
Nov 08, 2012
 
Delirio
3.80
Translated from Spanish this is the tale of a woman's madness (delerium) and the lives of three people central to her story. Set in Columbia in the m...more
Aug 2009
Aug 12, 2009
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
Always a fan of Atwood's writing this chilling tale of a handmaid in a repressive theocracy is a thought provoking well written work. Having read thi...more
Oct 2008
Dec 03, 2008
 
The Outlander
3.65
This is the delightful tale of "the widow" a 19 year old barely woman who has murdered her husband because of abusive emotionally distant behaviors....more
Feb 2009
Apr 01, 2009
 
The Tenderness of Wolves
3.71
The winner of the Costa award this was a wonderful tale that reminds me of other similar timepieces (Cold Mountain and the Outlander) that feature ch...more
May 2009
May 21, 2009
 
Comedy in a Minor Key
3.74
What an intriguing and wonderful book. Introduced to this work through a review that both my parents and I read in the New York Times by Francine Pro...more
Aug 2010
Sep 19, 2010
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02
What a wonderful book! A challenge to succinctly summarize, this is certainly amongst my favorite books I have read this year.

This novel is essentia...more
Oct 2010
Oct 27, 2010
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.08
This brief work by Jackson was tough for me to get a good handle on. The tale of two misanthropic women living alone in a small town in Vermont after...more
Jan 2011
Jan 09, 2011
 
Tigers Wife
3.35
An incredible novel by a first time writer in her 20's. This novel is set in a fictional country during a civil war, a setting which is a the thinest...more
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Jun 18, 2012
 
C
3.08
I still do not exactly know what to make of this novel, the first I have read by McCarthy. Composed roughly of four parts, it traces the events of a...more
Nov 2011
Jun 18, 2012
 
Brideshead Revisited
3.98
One of the great classics from which I somehow escaped schooling without being exposed to, this is the tale of the decline and fading of the great gi...more
Dec 2011
Jun 18, 2012
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