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Becky and 2 other people liked Yvann S's review of Remembering Babylon:
Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
""Strange how unimportant eyebrows can be, as long as there are two of them"

In David Malouf's IMPAC-winning novel (novelette? 182 pages), a group of children in 1840s Queensland happen across a young man, unkempt and racially white, but exhibiting..." Read more of this review »
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Libra by Don DeLillo
by Don DeLillo
read in October, 2014
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Don DeLillo went a bit bonkers for Libra, and it actually really suits him. Taking on the assassination of Kennedy, playing on conspiracy theories and the tumultuous life that Lee Harvey Oswald led in the run up to the event, it hops from Japan to So ...more
Becky and 28 other people liked Shovelmonkey1's review of Moon Palace:
Moon Palace by Paul Auster
"This is a book about gettin' nekkid.

I discovered Paul Auster through the 1001 books list and then went on a big PA binge. I suppose I should have been more restrained because very soon all the PA plots and machinations and convoluted po-mo madness..." Read more of this review »
Becky and 39 other people liked Paul's review of The Rings of Saturn:
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
In the autumn of 1993 I undertook a walking tour of Sherwood high street in the folorn hope of throwing off a sense of crepuscular ennui which enfolds me whenever I complete one of my walking tours. As I made my way up drab Haydn Road, an epitome..." Read more of this review »
Becky rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
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The Rings of Saturn is an exceptionally peculiar book. Although nominally a walking tour of the Suffolk coast, the author is struck by quite rampant ADHD with a somewhat macabre bent, managing to shoehorn in World War Two, rather obscure Chinese hist ...more
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Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
by Peter Ackroyd
read in April, 2014
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Yawn yawn yawn. More historical fiction from Peter Ackroyd. This tale is supposed to be dark, and there are some interesting sections, particularly during the plague at the start, but it's overwritten in general. Nicholas Dyer, one of Christopher Wre ...more
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The Book of Evidence by John Banville
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Well, the whole world has turned upside down for me this week! I really didn't enjoy Saramago that much, but this was a fascinating piece of work from Banville. I'm usually turned off by his poetic turn of phrase, but this was a very different book t ...more
Becky rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The History of the Siege of Lisbon by José Saramago
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Ohhh maaaan, this was so disappointing. After the first Saramago I read off the list, I zipped off list to read a couple of his others. I have been excited about reaching this one for weeks. But it just couldn't hold my attention. Raimundo Silva, a c ...more
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House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Is this even a novel? It's completely insane. For those of you who have read Infinite Jest and loved it, stop reading this and go buy this book now. For those of you who need a little more persuading, I'll see what I can do. House of Leaves is three ...more
Becky rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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I guess I've been reading too much Jezebel recently, because this novel felt like "Inappropriate Obsession In The Time Of Cholera" may have been a better title. I thought it was going to be a tale of high society and romance in a country that is prob ...more
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