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The Hive by Camilo José Cela
The Hive
by Camilo José Cela
read in August, 2008
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This is an interesting slice of life showing the comings and goings of various characters in Madrid in the 50s under Franco's regime. The reader gets the sense that life is hard and somewhat grim, but that it is life nonetheless.
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Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
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I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It also had a lot more heart than I was expecting. I liked the mix of Jewish folklore told in flashback with narration being from the point of view of someone who doesn't quite understand why it...more
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The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand
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Interesting, yet dense. Finally slogged my way through it (third time's the charm). Very interesting, especially for the ideas about how American society changed after the civil war, becoming more industrialized and standardization began to take hold...more
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Sepharad by Antonio Muñoz Molina
Sepharad
by Antonio Muñoz Molina
read in January, 2004
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Nearly impossible to find in bookstores, but well worth the search.
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The Rebel by Albert Camus
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Very dense. The kind of book that you really need to concentrate on to understand it. Best read in a quiet place. Also, helps if you know French history. Still, very enlightening intellectually.
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The Known World by Edward P. Jones
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A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes
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Everything you ever needed to know about the Russian Revolution, but didn't know to ask. Incredibly comprehensive and incredibly readable.
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The Orwell Reader by George Orwell
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