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The Vintage Turgenev: Smoke, Fathers & Sons, First Love
Smoke seems to be Turgenev's reattempt at achieving political notoriety like that of Fathers and Sons, which I've already read. It seems unnaturally i...more
Feb 23, 2011
Nov 14, 2010
I'm giving this five stars, because it's right up my alley style-wise (the Eastern pilgrimage tale), and I can't stop thinking about some clever point...more
Apr 10, 2012
Aug 23, 2010
Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance
"Both critics and admirers of Russian thinkers have remarked on their tendency to develop Western ideas to their logical (and often absurd) extremes."...more
Jun 21, 2012
Dec 09, 2010
The House of the Dead/Poor Folk
What always strikes me about The House of the Dead is the journalistic style. You don't see much of it from Dostoevsky, though I am looking forward to...more
Jan 2001
Mar 03, 2009
A Confederacy of Dunces
I'm glad I read this again. It always makes me laugh. Ignatius is such an original character. Where most characters of his type, the chronically over-...more
Jan 2003
Mar 03, 2008
Dead Souls
Tom, one of my goodreads friends, said "The first half is brilliant; the second half is a mess that just bumps along like a broken britzka before fall...more
Mar 31, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
A Casebook On Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw
I've read The Turn of the Screw more than once with different conclusions each time. This collection of essays, however, relates a grocery list of int...more
Mar 13, 2009
Nov 24, 2008
Midnight's Children
I'm ashamed that I haven't read this before now. What an incredible book. Rushdie's magical realism rivals Garcia-Marquez while taking on original for...more
May 06, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
Incredible Tales: Saki Short Stories
Saki has been recommended to me many times by friends. His stories could be considered short short fiction, as most of them range from 3 to 5 pages. H...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
A Writer's Diary, Volume One, 1873-1876
It's tough to review this book. It's like describing a busy day to someone briefly, when there were a dozen good and bad events – you usually just say...more
Apr 30, 2010
Mar 24, 2009
The World of Copley: 1738-1815 (Time-Life Library of Art)
This work covered Copley and a few other colonial American artists, especially those who painted portraiture as an art imported from the London market...more
Jun 10, 2013
Nov 20, 2012
The Illustrated Man
Taking into account that most of the stories were written around 1950, I have to respect Bradbury's vision. It's not so much his imaginative invention...more
Jun 26, 2008
May 12, 2008
War and Peace
Reading this sizable cliché wasn't as difficult as I thought, although the Epilogue was a trial for me. The Epilogue included a wrap-up of the main an...more
Dec 2010
Jul 11, 2010
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
Stunned. I've never read a book so packed with new revelations and well-researched, referenced ideas. The text moves at breakneck speed, elucidating e...more
Jul 23, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Finding Time Again (In Search of Lost Time #6)
The remarkable thing about the series, looking back, is that Proust embeds his memory into the reader so comprehensively. You find yourself rememberin...more
Dec 07, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The Rhetoric of Fiction
It's a daunting book. Readable certainly and not too pretentious, but daunting in its comprehensive nature. The technical jargon in places doesn't pau...more
Aug 20, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
The Prisoner and The Fugitive (In Search of Lost Time, Volume 5)
Suave mari magno is an expression mentioned several times in the series. It refers to a passage by Lucretius noting the joy one feels standing on the...more
Nov 14, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Finnegans Wake
First of all, I have to admit that I read this aloud and at a steady pace, and I won't brag that I understood it fully. I'd like to go back to it when...more
Jul 13, 2013
May 31, 2012
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Script-Only Edition)
Admittedly, the only reason I read this is because I found a rare script edition, with dustjacket intact. I especially like this edition for its photo...more
Apr 12, 2011
Aug 23, 2010
Fahrenheit 451
Genre fiction intimidates me a little because there is so much, often written so hurriedly. Luckily, over time the classics come drifting up to the su...more
Jul 24, 2013
Feb 27, 2012
How to Read a Word
Though the title seems presumptuous, I was excited to hear of this book by a lexicographer from the staff at Oxford. I expected myriad allusions to th...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
The Creativity Of Perception: Essays In The Genesis Of Literature And Art
With little of the "lit crit" egotism, this work managed to be incisively critical and creative at the same time. I picked it up out of interest for t...more
Apr 20, 2012
Mar 06, 2011
The Sun Also Rises
I love the clean style of Hemingway, but this is definitely a freshman attempt compared with his later works. His characters are weakly Fitzgeraldian...more
Apr 15, 2012
Jul 11, 2010
Fathers and Sons
I must admit influence from Joseph Frank's biographies of Dostoevsky led me to read this. Though he (Dostoevsky) praised the work at publication, his...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
The Eternal Husband and Other Stories
A Nasty Anecdote, also known as An Unpleasant Predicament along with every other possible translation of the words, is not as pristine of plot as D's...more
Mar 04, 2010
Mar 04, 2009
Seize the Day
I'm reading Saul Bellow backwards. I should've read Augie March, then Seize the Day, then Herzog. Instead I read Herzog first, the tale of a man at ro...more
Nov 22, 2012
May 31, 2012
A Room of One's Own
This has been suggested to me by several friends, men and women, so I'm not surprised to find it so well written. Woolf, in following her own advice t...more
Mar 22, 2011
Aug 22, 2010
To The Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf's ability to take on characters from start to finish, birth to death, has always been cause for admiration. My first experience of this...more
Apr 08, 2012
Aug 22, 2010
Dostoevsky: Child and Man in His Works
I'm interested in any unique study on Dostoevsky, and a book specifically on the child angle excited me. This is a well-researched text by a qualified...more
Feb 11, 2011
Jul 11, 2010
A Farewell to Arms
This book hooked me and reeled me in. I thought I knew what to expect from EH but he shocked me a bit. Not just the plot – with its flat, uneventful c...more
May 28, 2012
Jul 11, 2010