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Let the Right One In
Having seen the film before reading the novel, I'm less impressed than I might have been had the experiences been reversed. I was engaged throughout, ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 26, 2008
“In panic, time stops: past, present and future exist as a single overwhelming force. You then, perversely, want time to appear to run forwards becaus ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 26, 2007
The Necessity of Theater: The Art of Watching and Being Watched
Woodruff, a professor of philosophy and classics at UT-Austin, has written his very own poetics, exploring why theatre is very much a necessity in the ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
This is only my fourth Roth novel (though I do believe American Pastoral to be one of the great American novels of the 20th century) so I don't really ...more
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Sep 26, 2008
I don't know what to say! This novel is truly a tour de force, a tense and suspenseful day in the life of a beautifully blonde, sixteen-year-old boy w ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Man from Primrose Lane
The enthusiastic blurb on the back cover from the amazingly under-appreciated Jonathan Carroll is all you really need to know. I want to give Renner's ...more
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May 07, 2012
Call Me by Your Name
This is a well-written though somewhat familiar queer coming-of-age novel in the stylistic tradition of Henry James, Thomas Mann, and (more overtly) E ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 18, 2007
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
A great introduction to Iranian history in the latter half of the twentieth century and a thoughtful, engaging coming-of-age memoir . . . but . . . di ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
This is a difficult novel to review. First, though I couldn't pick Ms. Lepucki out of a lineup, I am one degree removed from the novelist. I have a bu ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
The Hour I First Believed
I'm giving this three stars because I'm generous in nature. It's a whale of a novel full of BIG, IMPORTANT ideas about the messiness of living. It fea ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
Ben Tanaka is a passive-aggressive, grad school drop out who manages a cinema in Berkeley, CA. His girlfriend, Miko Hayashi, is growing tired of his p ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 30, 2007
His Illegal Self
Peter Carey's latest novel tells the story of eight-year-old Che, the son of SDS radicals long since gone underground for crimes against the state, wh ...more
Mar 02, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
The End of Everything
This one took me by surprise - a nearly perfect coming-of-age novel about the complexities of desire, sexual knowingness, female adolescence, loss, lo ...more
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Aug 20, 2011
Grasshopper Jungle
If Russ Meyer and Todd Haynes spawned a profane yet completely adorable love child, he might look and sound something like Austin Szerba, a sexually c ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
Golden Boy
Well, as a novel Golden Boy is an overwrought mess - an everything and the kitchen sink coming-of-age melodrama of epic proportions. The central chara ...more
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Jun 02, 2013
Olive Kitteridge
I found this novel to be overwrought and overly sentimental (particularly in its attempt to avoid overt sentimentality). Stout's narrative gimmicks gr ...more
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Jul 07, 2009
The Cement Garden
This very strange, surreal, uncomfortably erotic novel chronicles three British teenagers and their six-year-old brother who unexpectedly find themsel ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
Telex from Cuba
Kushner's melancholic--often nostalgic--first novel tells the stories of a wide variety of players/observers in the years (1952-1958) leading up to th ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
Tenth of December
Damn! Saunders taps into a kind of 21st century cultural dysplasia. Utilizing idiosyncratic language and tragi-comic situations, his stories chronicle ...more
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Jun 02, 2013
Await Your Reply
I am a huge fan of Chaon's You Remind Me of Me. It is one of the best American novels I've read in the last decade or so. Await Your Reply, however, w ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
My friend Gio used many expletives to describe what I can only imagine to be frustration with this novel. Actually, all Gio offered were expletives--s ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
Beautiful Ruins
Some might call it middlebrow, but hey, I don't mind the middle. Walter's novel is warm, generous, funny, moving, sentimental and very satisfying. Cov ...more
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Jun 26, 2012
Disappointingly, I fell for the upscale, paperback edition's highminded literary delusions. Boy is little more than a crudely drawn, overtly Romantic ...more
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May 29, 2009
The Caller
This really caught me by surprise - haunting, sad, full of memorable characters and narrative ambiguities. I'm not familiar with the writer nor her re ...more
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Aug 26, 2012
Night Film
Amateurish nonsense.
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Jan 21, 2014
Last Night at the Lobster
This excellent short novel is set five days before Christmas and chronicles the final day at a Red Lobster Restaurant located on the outskirts of a Ne ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
I'm wondering if this is not an aborted "adult" novel as it appears to have been marketed as YA. It's not bad but certainly not in the same league wit ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 30, 2007
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
Big thumb's up for Carl Wilson's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste. Ostensibly, this is an in-depth examination of Celine Dion's 19 ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Dec 20, 2013
This is a nearly perfect graphic memoir; a portrait of an artist as a young man. David Small is a product of both parental and medical abuse (his radi ...more
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Oct 30, 2009
& Sons
It doesn't fully come together, and I was disappointed by the ending, but & Sons is a very ambitious and entertaining novel full of big ideas, wel ...more
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Aug 30, 2013
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