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Canada by Richard Ford
" Interesting. I guess because you don't have to stay on a particular tightrope for such a long time. "
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Essays and Lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essays and Lectures
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
read in December, 2014
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James Murphy and 26 other people liked Teresa's review of Canada:
Canada by Richard Ford
"Something is bothering me about this book, but I'm not sure what it is. In the beginning, I found the narratorial tic of Dell's constantly telling us that he'd already said something a bit much, though that tic faded as the novel went on. And thou..." Read more of this review »
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The Barbarous Years by Bernard Bailyn
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This is big history. The description "the peopling of North America" tells the scope of Bailyn's history, though he's writing solely about the European migration to the eastern seaboard of what became British North America. In the early 17th century ...more
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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The Letters of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett
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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
" I thought Asliya Beckettian. Despite the ending you can't help liking the novel. "
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Philip Larkin by James Booth
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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
An Unnecessary Woman
by Rabih Alameddine
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In this meditative, philosophical work, an old woman sits in her Beirut apartment remembering her city and her life, especially her reading life. She also translates favorite works into Arabic and stores them in boxes in the maid's bathroom of the ol ...more
James Murphy and 7 other people liked Teresa's review of Midnight's Children:
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
"I know someone who compared this novel to Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum; and though I didn't think of the parallel, I agree. In both there's an overwhelming sense of absurdity in the world, a world that both main characters are trying to make sense..." Read more of this review »
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“Every second of every day, a man is the sum effect of every second that has touched him before; he routinely encounters influences that will produce changes and actions that he cannot begin to predict or understand. And yet to acknowledge the complexity of these causes and motives was not to disallow agency. In that, all men are equal, even the cloistered monk--equally innocent, equally guilty. A man is not wholly responsible for what he becomes, but he is absolutely accountable for who he is.”
John Pipkin, Woodsburner

John Berger
“The past is the one thing we are not prisoners of. We can do with the past exactly what we wish. What we can't do is to change its consequences.”
John Berger

Anne Carson
“A man moves through time. It means nothing except that, like a harpoon, once thrown he will arrive.”
Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

George Eliot
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Shirley Hazzard
“I was moved, too, to see her excited as a child--but no, for there is no childhood excitement to equal the adult journey to the beloved.”
Shirley Hazzard

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