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Home by Marilynne Robinson
Home
by Marilynne Robinson
read in May, 2010
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I liked "Gilead" but I loved "Home." It had many of the same wonderful things, subtle language that floated you along until in a quick turn, it slapped you awake, a remarkably rich but uncluttered setting, characters to think about...

Maybe I could re...more
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The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
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I love the whole project of a story told from a different perspective. In this novel, we hear the woman's version of events (see Old Filth for the man's).

I found it very evocative of the time, especially the Hong Kong setting, and of the way we carr...more
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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
read in April, 2010
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Once I got over the narrative stance (in utero commentary), I found the story compelling. I needed a book that would take me away, so to speak, and this did one filled the bill. The characters are interesting, I enjoyed the medical details and what I...more
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Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
Netherland
by Joseph O'Neill
read in April, 2010
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I liked the particularity of the details in this novel, the unaffected tone of the writing.

I read an interview with O'Neill who talked about his goal of intimacy, intimacy with the reader, not getting carried away by plot. Certainly, Netherland is d...more
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Saturday by Ian McEwan
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America America by Ethan Canin
America America
by Ethan Canin
read in October, 2009
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I loved the slow, careful pace of this book. It felt different from other fiction out there, not tricky, not overtly special, but after finishing, I felt satisfied and would recommend it to others.
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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I was helped through Wolf Hall by my eleven year old daughter who explained to me the succession of Henry's wives, and who had babies and which of those babies grew up to rule the land.

I really liked getting my history this way, and found the novel...more
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The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt
The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt
read in December, 2009
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From the first page, A.S. Byatt drops you into a fully imagined world--a very long, but very satisfying read. I learned a lot about turn-of-the century concerns, particularly interesting was the whole "woman question," sufragettes, and female sexuali...more
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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
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The history covered in this book (the British controlled opium trade from India to China, coolie transport in former slave ships) is fascinating. Also, the language of the sailors, coming from many different countries and language backgrounds. Richly...more
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