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Camera Lucida:  Reflections On Photography
3.96
while to many this book is another of barthes extended fragmentary ramblings on modern media, this is actually a touching novella about a solitary man ...more
Feb 2000
Mar 05, 2007
 
Dogs and Demons: Tales From the Dark Side of Modern Japan
3.76
I read this book while i was living and working in japan and I thought it was spot on. Kerr might be overly critical of the erosion of "traditional" j ...more
Feb 2003
Feb 22, 2007
 
Bleeding Edge
3.54
As a Pynchon fan I was a bit disappointed in this one. It has all the typical eccentricities of Pynchon: hyper-real characterizations of everyday peop ...more
Dec 2013
Jan 15, 2014
 
Blankets
4.06
a story about first love. about losing your faith. the oblivion it casts you in. the self-hate and loathing that follows. and learning to love despite ...more
Jan 2005
Feb 22, 2007
 
number9dream
3.93
I should begin by saying that I have been on a Mitchell kick over the past year. After reading "Cloud Atlas" Cloud Atlas - a modern masterpiece -- I f ...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
 
The Marriage Plot
3.40
Originally I was drawn to this book because the opening was set at Brown and dealt with the then burgeoning Semiotics scene on campus. I could write a ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Nov 02, 2011
 
The Flamethrowers
3.45
Kusner's writing is excellent. The subject matter is fascinating. I wanted more. I felt like this was the tip of the iceberg for the story. The only t ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
4.15
...a fascinating insight into the mindset of american youth living in the late 60s and 70s that gave birth to the American punk movement, which reinvi ...more
May 2011
Jul 19, 2011
 
Waterland
3.93
...i read this book for a class in which the book was being used to illustrate "post-modern" writing. In all honesty, other than its self-conscious wr ...more
Sep 1997
Feb 22, 2007
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63
for those that love episodic fiction told in modern prose style, I would highly recommend this book. Also if you love music and the characters that co ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 28, 2011
 
The Master and Margarita (Modern Plays)
4.28
The opening of the book is fascinatingly surreal. For countless pages one wonder what masterful trick the devil/bulkahov will turn up next... there is ...more
Dec 2003
Feb 23, 2007
 
Salt: A World History
3.71
... this book totally blew my mind. people have no idea how integral salt was to the development of and perpetuation of ancient civilizations. Or mayb ...more
Feb 2004
Feb 22, 2007
 
Inherent Vice
3.68
pynchon having a lot of fun with a Lebowski-esque private detective.
Jan 2010
Nov 02, 2011
 
Epileptic
3.90
one of the most original and touching graphic novels i have ever read. David B. really uses the graphic form as another tool in telling and communicat ...more
Jan 2005
Feb 22, 2007
 
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
3.95
theorux's account is heartbreaking, angering and revalatory. it is the account of one those lofty 60s idealist who went to africa as part of the peace ...more
Jul 2006
Feb 22, 2007
 
Jesus' Son
4.18
these stories about a guy trying to find his way through drug addictions, alcohol problems and tortured relationships made me constantly laugh and cry ...more
Jun 2000
Feb 22, 2007
 
The Plays of Anton Chekhov
4.31
First off this translation by paul schmidt is amazing! Both to read and for the stage, he captures the sense of hopeless, ennui and psychosis rampant ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2007
 
Naked
4.07
...probably the funniest book i've ever read. it is near impossibel to read this book without stopping every two minutes to gather you breath. for tho ...more
Aug 2002
Feb 22, 2007
 
Moby-Dick
3.40
the opening and closing of this novel are amazing. the middle portion is down right painful, but it so captures what i can only imagine the tedium of ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 05, 2007
 
Literary Theory: An Introduction
3.91
terry eagleton explains complex systems of literary analysis as though it were as easy as a DIY project. he also manages to illustrate the core princi ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 05, 2007
 
A Separate Peace
3.54
when i first read this book as a teenager i totally felt the desire to get away like these characters. when i read this a couple of years later i saw ...more
Jan 1993
Feb 22, 2007
 
Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories
4.16
K- is a palestinian writer who received little recognition because he is without a homeland and at the crossroads of much political strife. wherever y ...more
Mar 2000
Feb 22, 2007
 
Box Office Poison
3.95
...ever read a book and thought to yourself... wow has someone been reading my diary and going through my old photos? then you are probably a nerdy, i ...more
Apr 2006
Feb 22, 2007
 
Light in August
3.91
the closest faulkner gets to popular fiction. This book is such strange "whodonit" you wonder what compelled him to write. nonetheless faulkner brings ...more
Jun 2000
Feb 22, 2007
 
Mythologies
4.11
admittedly i orignally read this for class, but nonetheless it is actually very amusing and eye opening. only barthes can take the most mundand of mod ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 05, 2007
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
3.99
all i remember about the buendias was the unending movement in this book. it flowed unlike any piece of prose i've ever read, and yet i can hardly rem ...more
Jan 1995
Feb 22, 2007
 
Mason and Dixon
4.01
pynchon paints the canvas of america as a land of promise, magic and merriment. a drunken ben franklin, talking mirrors, and escapedes into closets as ...more
Nov 2003
Feb 21, 2007
 
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
4.15
Know little about the fall of the Ottoman Empire? Neither did the "great powers." A frightening depcition of the first great war and how ill-prepared ...more
Mar 2004
Feb 22, 2007
 
A People's History of the United States
4.12
...what the good people who settled and oppressed this country don't want you to read. You don't know American "history" unitl you've read this book. ...more
Jan 1993
Feb 28, 2007
 
The Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder, Volume 2
4.05
... i adore wilder. such a force of simple language and heavy handed symbolism. he moves you with little because it is the language of solitude and si ...more
Jan 1998
Oct 27, 2007
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