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jo and 1 other person liked Holly's review of Zero K:
Zero K by Don DeLillo
"It's very rare that a diligent reader (if I may flatter myself) finally "gets" a storied and wizened author with a late (late, late, late) career novel, but here we have it. This was my third DeLillo foray, and to be honest, I only read it because..." Read more of this review »
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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
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rugged macho bullshitry with a side of overwrought language. not interested.

(pls don't slay me in the comments)
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A Free Life by Ha Jin
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dude. i'm not even a fifth of the way through and i've heard that
1. it's very hard for a chinese immigrant in post-tiananmen forced migration of chinese students to get a job, let alone a decent job.
2. the protagonist is unhappy.
3. he doesn't recip
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The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle
The Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle (Goodreads Author)
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no.

the story is nicely paced and relatively fun, i mean, if you are into that kind of stuff, but here are two big problems (the second way bigger than the first):

1. lots of language. a million adjectives. please move the story along.

2. i have no ide
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jo and 19 other people liked Snotchocheez's review of The Harder They Come:
The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle
"2.5 stars

Well, this could should have been a tour de force for TC Boyle. Most of his books (excluding his terrific short story collections) seem to be either slightly off-kilter historical fictions, or contemporary stories used by Boyle as an aven..." Read more of this review »
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The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller
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i read this hot on the heels of The Land of Green Plums, which was written two years later, in 1994. Fox is being translated into english for the first time, by a different translator from the one who translated Plums. this makes it all the more stri ...more
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Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement by Helen Spandler
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The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller
"I had recently moved to Europe in 1989 and was celebrating my first Christmas there when Ceausescu was killed. I was in Western Europe, and so watched from afar, but still, the mood was different than it was in the states, with seemingly daily rev..." Read more of this review »
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Angel of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap
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Liquidation by Imre Kertész
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Jeanette Winterson
“The healing power of art is not a rhetorical fantasy. Fighting to keep language, language became my sanity and my strength. It still is, and I know of no pain that art cannot assuage. For some, music, for some, pictures, for me, primarily, poetry, whether found in poems or in prose, cuts through noise and hurt, opens the wound to clean it, and then gradually teaches it to heal itself. Wounds need to be taught to heal themselves.”
Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery

Maggie Nelson
“So far as I can tell, most worthwhile pleasures on this earth slip between gratifying another and gratifying oneself. Some would call that an ethics.”
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson
“That’s what we both hate about fiction, or at least crappy fiction—it purports to provide occasions for thinking through complex issues, but really it has predetermined the positions, stuffed a narrative full of false choices, and hooked you on them, rendering you less able to see out, to get out.”
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts

Jean Rhys
“She was a shadow, kept alive by a flame of hatred for somebody who had long ago forgotten all about her.”
Jean Rhys, After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie

Harry Brandt
“Castro inhaled again, blew out enough smoke to announce a pope.”
Harry Brandt, The Whites

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