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Tragic Sense of Life
actually a book of philosophy with some true humanity, whether or not you agree with all
of his points. the eternal conflict between head and heart...
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Oct 22, 2007
Bartleby, the Scrivener
a review?
i prefer not to.

har har har de har!
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Oct 26, 2007
Audrey Style
audrey and i share a little heritage (dutch), the same height, and the same shoe size. and that's where the similarities end. but i was tickled to lea ...more
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Oct 25, 2007
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Baudelaire claimed that Dangerous Liaisons was one of the catalysts for the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette kept a copy by her bed. There have bee ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
The Princess and the Goblin
oh, this is truly wonderful. as a child, i was duly terrified by the cobs, and in awe of the grandmother.

it's still positively magic now that i'm a b
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Oct 26, 2007
Midnight's Children
I managed to smuggle a copy from Nepal. Funny how such an undeveloped country, a scarred product of a coup only ten years past, is less restrictive wh ...more
Mar 24, 2010
Mar 07, 2010
Eat, Pray, Love
Grossly self-indulgent. The author's attempts at balancing the mind/body/spirit problem were not believable. I was left with the feeling that she alre ...more
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May 04, 2010
I love that there's a chapter called "The Ethics of Elfland". I also love that the (philosophical) materialists are to be pitied for the smallness of ...more
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May 29, 2010
Istanbul: Memories and the City
Apr 07, 2011
Sep 26, 2010
My Name Is Asher Lev
A book about the conflict between faith and being faithful to your art; between professional legitimacy and familial duty; between love of one's art a ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
Read it for teaching purposes. I liked its snarky tone and that it doesn't shy away from dark topics addressed to children. Also, the funny word defin ...more
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Aug 27, 2012
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
It's absurd to call this objective history. If she called it Jerusalem: Why Jews and Christians Have No Right to Be There, I would perhaps forgive her ...more
Sep 22, 2010
May 30, 2010
Farewell Shanghai
This book reads as though it was written for film. I think it would have fared better as a screenplay. However, I tend to read books about places I've ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
The Innocents Abroad
Twain's irreverence will literally have you laughing out loud. I have not enjoyed a work this much in a long time. He is by turns iconoclastic, hilari ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Girls of Riyadh
banned in Saudi Arabia for its candid portrayal of local women, this book is a fascinating glimpse into their lives. while the prose isn't anything sp ...more
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Sep 18, 2009
Tales of the Alhambra
the prose is not always superlative, and can get downright flowery at moments, but the stories are so intriguing in context. moorish princesses, chris ...more
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Oct 30, 2007
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
Not quite what I was expecting. I am glad to find that the dream frame story was just a Hollywood concoction. Also, no ruby slippers to be found...
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Jan 24, 2010
Vile Bodies
With character names like Lady Fanny Throbbing, Mrs. Ape, and Prime Minister Outrage, how can you go wrong? Too funny-making.
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Jan 24, 2010
The Satanic Verses
This is pretty much contraband in the entire Mid-East, so I feel like an information smuggler. I had to find out what is upsetting enough to inspire a ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 22, 2007
Into the Wild
was he an idealist to be admired and a victim of circumstance... or just a complete idiot? i find that a lot of people fall into the "both" category. ...more
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Oct 22, 2007
A Clockwork Orange
i read this when i had no idea that there was a clockwork orange... thing. didn't know about the movie or the cult following. so i was fairly distress ...more
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Oct 22, 2007
How to Talk American: A Guide to Our Native Tongues
some tidbits from my favorite section,
the South:

Visitin' Icebreakers: How's that ole
heffer doin'? (substitute "man" or
"woman" for "heffer" or leave sa
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Oct 22, 2007
Everything Is Illuminated
a very enjoyable read... particularly the alex bits. very ambitious in form and content, which means that
it is sometimes immature. the ending is... ma
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Oct 22, 2007
The Hours
interesting yet irritating. falls into sentimentalism at times. has moments of exceptional prose, and then suddenly it's a bit purply. i think i enjoy ...more
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Oct 22, 2007
The Father Christmas Letters
jrr tolkien went to the trouble of writing letters to his children from Father Christmas every year, with updates of the goings-on at the North Pole a ...more
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Nov 09, 2007
Franz Kafka's The Castle (Dramatization)
it is very clear from the beginning that he will never reach that bloody castle. it has an argh!-quality about it for that reason. if you've been to p ...more
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Oct 22, 2007
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
while it's pretty dry overall, it has a wealth of information about the elements of suburbia v. the elements of real towns and neighborhoods, or urban ...more
Sep 24, 2009
Nov 09, 2007
In Cold Blood
Strangely addictive. But sleep-disturbing.
Jun 02, 2011
May 16, 2011
i've had a love affair with this play for over ten years now... it is by far my favorite of shakespeare's. i've probably read it at least ten times... ...more
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Oct 22, 2007
On the Road
it's hard to say if this has any literary value beyond its revelation of the beat culture and its tastiness as a road novel. i think i enjoy it so muc ...more
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Oct 22, 2007
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