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The Sellout
3.80
really liked it
Scathing, febrile, and darkly comic satire about the neverending American conversation on race and the implications of that conversation on our identi ...more
May 08, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.88
it was amazing
A surprisingly dazzling novel about two low-income girls growing up in 1950s Naples. I say “surprisingly” because there is something about Elena Ferra ...more
Apr 09, 2015
May 29, 2014
 
Unaccustomed Earth
4.11
it was ok
I have now read all of Lahiri's published work, and this is what I have to say: Jhumpa Lahiri is good with words, but she is only capable of telling t ...more
Jul 13, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Can't and Won't: Stories
3.60
it was amazing
"Oh, we writers may think we invent too much — but reality is worse every time!"

LYDIA DAVIS! She could not be more perfect. This collection is weird a
...more
May 12, 2014
Apr 24, 2014
 
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
4.14
it was amazing
First read: May 2008
Second read: July 2016

"But even with respect to the most insignificant things in life, none of us constitutes a material whole, id
...more
Jul 26, 2016
Sep 10, 2011
 
The Moviegoer
3.70
did not like it
“Nowadays when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him. More than likely he will live there sadly and the empt ...more
Jul 2015
Mar 27, 2014
 
Infinite Jest
4.31
it was amazing
Brilliant, mad, dark, and delightful. I had no idea this gargantuan novel was going to be so funny or so pleasurable, for one thing. With IJ, DFW brou ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Sep 10, 2011
 
Americanah
4.25
it was amazing
Three-quarters through Americanah, a character says, “You can’t write an honest novel about race in this country.”

And yet I think that is what Chimama
...more
Jul 02, 2014
Dec 19, 2013
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
it was amazing
“I would like to believe this is a story I’m telling. I need to believe it. I must believe it. Those who can believe that such stories are only storie
...more
Mar 20, 2017
Sep 10, 2011
 
The Complete Stories
4.41
it was amazing
“She’d returned so completely: now she got tired every day, every day her face would sag at dusk, and then night would take on its former purpose, it ...more
Jan 31, 2017
May 24, 2016
 
In Persuasion Nation
4.10
it was amazing
“What America is, to me, is a guy doesn’t want to buy, you let him not buy, you respect his not buying. A guy has a crazy notion different from your c ...more
Jan 31, 2015
May 29, 2014
 
Madame Bovary
3.64
it was amazing
"Madame Bovary, c'est moi!" (Gustave Flaubert's repeated answer, when people asked him who inspired the character of Emma Bovary.)

I don't know if it's
...more
Jul 12, 2012
Sep 10, 2011
 
Station Eleven
4.01
really liked it
This was an unsettling novel to read during the first week of the Trump administration, because if anyone can actually bring about the end of the worl ...more
Jan 28, 2017
Nov 12, 2016
 
Cane
3.89
it was amazing
“Cane” blew me away. Southern literature, in my opinion, contains some of the most powerful and immortal books in the American literary canon. The dar ...more
Apr 2009
Sep 10, 2011
 
Alexis
3.94
it was amazing
Brilliant. Just really brilliant. I'm quickly becoming a huge fan of Marguerite Yourcenar, who was a total genius and who has been woefully under-read ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
 
The Secret History
4.07
liked it
**spoiler alert** Riveting! And well done, the way it unfolds, falls apart intentionally, keeps surprising you, but at some point, I am just tired of ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Nov 10, 2012
 
Autobiography of Red
4.32
it was amazing
“There is no person without a world.”

Deliciously bizarre. I felt breathlessly intrigued and confused the entire time, and I was so swept away by it th
...more
Mar 22, 2016
Jan 07, 2016
 
Human Acts
4.20
liked it
"Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling ...more
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 03, 2017
 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
4.00
did not like it
Yick. The haiku interludes by Basho and Issa were the best part of this novel.

Artless and needlessly florid, I could not bear the prose. I found it s
...more
Jun 08, 2016
Jul 24, 2014
 
The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3)
4.15
it was amazing
John Galsworthy was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932, primarily for this book. The Nobel committee usually gives the prize for a lifetim ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Nov 17, 2012
 
Lady Chatterley's Lover
3.48
liked it
“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new li ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Jul 08, 2014
 
Memoirs of Hadrian
4.25
it was amazing
"I begin to discern the profile of my death."

Really marvelous. I'm kind of flabbergasted by this novel, actually. Marguerite Yourcenar spent nearly 30
...more
Jul 09, 2013
Aug 30, 2012
 
Between the Acts
3.64
it was amazing
“If we’re left asking questions, isn’t it a failure, as a play? I must say I like to feel sure if I go to the theatre, that I’ve grasped the meaning… ...more
Mar 17, 2015
Sep 12, 2011
 
Hard Times
3.50
did not like it
Lord, I cannot bear this. I don't even feel like criticizing Dickens directly but rather people who profess to LIKE Dickens. (I have so many strong wo ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Aug 08, 2014
 
The Big Rock Candy Mountain
4.12
it was amazing
“A man is not a static organism to be taken apart and analyzed and classified. A man is movement, motion, a continuum. There is no beginning to him. H
...more
Apr 11, 2017
Nov 05, 2016
 
Giovanni's Room
4.21
it was amazing
“People are too various to be treated lightly. I am too various to be trusted.”

A heartbreaking and beautifully told little novel of a star-crossed cou
...more
Jan 08, 2017
Jan 07, 2016
 
The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels #4)
4.39
it was amazing
“Every intense relationship between human beings is full of traps, and if you want it to endure you have to learn to avoid them.”

Increasingly intense
...more
Oct 10, 2015
Aug 06, 2015
 
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
3.98
really liked it
Katherine Anne Porter seems sadly under-read, and this is a truly strong and impressive collection of stories. Most notable, I think, is Porter’s impr ...more
Jan 16, 2016
Nov 16, 2011
 
Fates and Furies
3.56
it was amazing
Gasp! I had no idea what to expect from this novel, but I found myself utterly riveted by it over the Christmas holiday; I read it in huge gulps. Grof ...more
Jan 2016
Sep 17, 2015
 
The Leopard
3.99
it was amazing
“Don Fabrizio has always known that sensation. For a dozen years or so he had been feeling as if the vital fluid, the faculty of existing, life itself ...more
Nov 23, 2016
Nov 05, 2016
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