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A Visit to Don Otavio by Sybille Bedford
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Elizabeth and 21 other people liked Buck's review of A Visit to Don Otavio:
A Visit to Don Otavio by Sybille Bedford
"After açaí berries and recycling, travel’s one of the most overrated things around. It’s just one long pain in the ass. There’s the expense, the indignities of airport security, the further indignities of economy class, crowds, sand in your crotch..." Read more of this review »
Elizabeth and 15 other people liked Teresa's review of My Cave Life in Vicksburg:
My Cave Life in Vicksburg by Mary Ann Webster Loughborough
"On our way home, after a Midwest road trip, we stopped in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for lunch, but first went into the visitors' center of the Civil War battlefield(Vicksburg National Military Park). Inside the center was a small exhibit to which I..." Read more of this review »
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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
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Elizabeth and 6 other people liked Elaine's review of Burial Rites:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
"Kent creates a great atmosphere, all foreboding isolation outdoors and cramped claustrophobia and dirt indoors. But her characters don't live up to the menace and rigors of her setting.

Everyone behaves rather conventionally, and the touches of my..." Read more of this review »
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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Burial Rites
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2 and a half. An interesting premise and some lovely lyrical writing, but the story and characters are ultimately too thin to sustain 300+ pages.
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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Imperfectionists
by Tom Rachman
read in December, 2014
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A 4-plus. Substantive, believable characters and a zippy prose style. More after the book group discussion in January.
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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
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Elizabeth is on page 225 of 314 of Burial Rites: I think Kent had about 100, 150 pages of story tops, but is taking over 300 pages to tell it. While I've enjoyed aspects, it is definitely feeling tedious.
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“He's heard Unitarianism called a featherbed for falling Christians, but his mother doesn't seem like a woman who has fallen anywhere. (Where is the featherbed for falling Unitarians, he wonders? Such as himself.) [From "Life Before Man," 1979)”
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Mark Twain
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