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I Am Not Your Negro by James     Baldwin
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The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
The Autograph Man
by Zadie Smith
read in January, 2017
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I actually liked this. Am I the only one? Probably. The themes of fame, gesture, symbol, involvement, metaphor, and problematic priorities are well articulated and never feel aggressively in yer face. Also I enjoyed that Smith extends her world to th ...more
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Beyond Belief by V.S. Naipaul
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Insightful and rough. Naipaul investigates the nations that have converted to Islam again, coming back with the conclusions about rewriting history and a narrative to allow for a more fundamentalist government and mindset. There's an active act of er ...more
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White Teeth by Zadie Smith
White Teeth
by Zadie Smith
read in January, 2017
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Whoosh! I ripped through this one, which is a romp, an ecstatic look at English society and its ridiculousness when it clings to socioreligious beliefs with no other rationale than 'well we've done it in the past this way'. A timely book, even today, ...more
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Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson
Eros the Bittersweet
by Anne Carson
read in January, 2017
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Dammit Anne - you're so insightful. This is clearly an early Carson work, since ideas are brought to conclusions and essays feel full. Life on the threshold is the thesis, and Anne truly explores the classics through this lens, even with the help of ...more
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Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Cat's Eye
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2017
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I can't recall the last time I read a Bildungsroman this impressive - funny, sad, rough, less interested in the art and inspiration than the narrative arc. Plus, isn't the cover art inviting?
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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2016
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Sweeping historical fiction about a notorious murderess (or was she?). Séance, early psychology, and Ithaca NY all play a role, obviously. I've realized I also prefer Atwood in her earlier, moodier writings.
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The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
The Edible Woman
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2016
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A great entertainment, a fun critique on all of our given social roles, no matter what gender etc. Food obviously plays an important role - although not as much of a role as the title and the descriptive copy would make you think. However, I did enjo ...more
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2666 by Roberto Bolaño
2666 (3-Volume Boxed Set)
by Roberto Bolaño
read in December, 2016
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What a beautiful mess of a novel! Huge, rambling, insane, chilling, monotonous, scary, quiet, loud, bold, boring, typical, ridiculous - adjectives! Story lines fall out of season then jump back in. Connections are broken, then remade. Academics fail ...more
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Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez
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Pared down - writing, characterization, plot, intrigue - very very pared down, and yet still interesting. This novel seems to be birthed out of Gabo's story 'The Airplane of the Sleeping Beauty', which in turn is birthed out of Kawabata's own tale of ...more
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