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Frank O'connor Frank O'connor said: "Saramago's gift for turning anything into a story shines through in this travelogue which even manages to make Portugal seem worth a visit. He has a way of nosing out the interesting: a town with an ancient statue of a pig on a column, for example. T...more "


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Faust, Parts 1-2 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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I've wanted to read Faust for a long time, and I'm a big fan of Louis MacNeice, so I was pleased to find this edition, second hand, in 'The Winding Stair', a Dublin bookshop. Just getting into it, but so far so good...

...and so bad. One problem I hav...more
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
A Long Long Way
by Sebastian Barry
read in February, 2009
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Barry is one for the set piece and the convoluted sentence. He deploys the kind of sentences that everyone is told to avoid in writing school. His lines come laden with adjectives, distorted, oblique and sometimes shaded in purple. It's the kind of t...more
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
read in February, 2009
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Damned good. Restrained and elegant writing. Very believable, too, on corporate life. The narrator is charming, self-effacing, succesful and elegant. The set-up, a dialogue between the narrator and the reader-as-character is clever and more than just...more
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
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Somewhat over-rated, but worth a read nonetheless. Sacks' primary aim seems to be to humanise his case histories by re-telling them as narrative events. At the same time, his secondary aim is to explain their various problems in so far as he is able....more
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Up at the Villa by W. Somerset Maugham
Up at the Villa
by W. Somerset Maugham
read in January, 2009
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This book has the advantage of being both memorable and short. It is technically impeccable and is an enjoyable read for the subtleties of its prose alone. Maugham really nails the dialogue, which is both believable and immediately recognisable as be...more
"I just read Mishima's 'The Temple of the Golden Pavilion' and it's changed everything. Murakami just can't compete, sorry to say... "
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