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"Murakami's writing can sometimes border on tedious with his descriptions... an interesting fable is told, but as with the last Murakami, will it go anywhere? I am SO curious to know if this reads better in natural language rather than translation which seems stilted and juvenile at times. The word "prettily" and where it was used took me out of what I was reading." Feb 05, 2015 01:05PM

 
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"Finally getting to this... love Diaz's writing." Dec 19, 2014 10:10AM

 
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"This is DENSE... I'm going to cut back on the journal-reading on my commutes since my wrists cannot take the weight! You think I'm kidding..." Mar 21, 2013 06:35AM

 

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Jessica is 35% done with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: Murakami's writing can sometimes border on tedious with his descriptions... an interesting fable is told, but as with the last Murakami, will it go anywhere? I am SO curious to know if this reads better in natural language rather than translation which seems stilted and juvenile at times. The word "prettily" and where it was used took me out of what I was reading.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
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Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
"I saw the movie before I read the book. Like many, I enjoyed the taut, pulpy thriller tone and took a kind of guilty pleasure in how despicable most of the characters were. Like a lot of socially conscious people, I found myself unsure about the g..." Read more of this review »
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Bailey is on page 27 of 262 of Vivian Apple at the End of the World: Just realized I'm meeting Katie on Tuesday night and I still haven't read her book. Whoops!
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Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
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Jessica is 14% done with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A bit hesitant after not liking 1Q84 that much, but the beginning has pulled me in--having dealt with (still dealing with?) friends who cut me off for no discernible reason... let's see where Murakami goes...
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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Notice by Heather Lewis
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The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
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Gustave Flaubert
“Before her marriage she had thought that she had love within her grasp; but since the happiness which she had expected this love to bring her hadn’t come, she supposed she must have been mistaken. And Emma tried to imagine just what was meant, in life, by the words “bliss,” “passion,” and “rapture” - words that had seemed so beautiful to her in books.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Jane Austen
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

Joan Didion
“He ran his fingers over the moist ends of her hair and across her face. Her eyes were wet. Jesus Christ. How many nights had he heard Lily crying. As some parents sleep through fire, thunderstorms, and voices at the back door only to wake at a child’s whisper, so Everett heard Lily crying at night. Her muffled sobs seemed to have broken his dreams for years. He had heard her even at Fort Lewis, even in Georgia, finally at Bliss. That was Lily crying in the wings whenever the priest came to tear up his mother’s grave. Lily cried in the twilight field where he picked wild poppies with Martha; Lily’s was the cry he heard those nights the kiln burned, the levee broke, the ranch went to nothing.”
Joan Didion, Run River

Ron Butlin
“It used to be that each time you fell in love, the effort of loving released in you the energy to hold everything together a little longer. Then, after several months or years, when things began to crack apart again, you would fall in love with someone else. New energy would be released, and for a time you and your world would be safe once more.

By now, however, you have exhausted that. There seems to be no energy left - if you had discovered alcohol earlier it might have saved a few broken hearts. For you, alcohol is not the problem - it's the solution: dissolving all the separate parts into one. A universal solvent. An ocean.”
Ron Butlin, The Sound of My Voice

Cormac McCarthy
“She smiled and sipped from her glass. There was altogether too much of her sitting there, the broad expanse of thigh cradled in the insubstantial stocking and the garters with the pale flesh pursed and her full breasts and the sootblack piping of her eyelids, a gaudish rake of metaldust in prussian blue where cerulean moths fluttered her awake from some outlandish dream. Suttree gradually going awash in the sheer outrageous sentience of her. Their glasses clicked on the tabletop. Her hot spiced tongue fat in his mouth and her hands all over him like the very witch of fuck.”
Cormac McCarthy, Suttree

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