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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
recommended for: Everyone
read in March, 2007
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I haven't read this in years and years and I don't even usually re-read much besides short stories and the occasional poem, but I picked this up, wanting to remember how Kafka makes this absurd story mean so much. Once you get beyond the heavy insect ...more
The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures
by Louis Theroux
recommended for: Freaks and geeks
read in April, 2007
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I have a total literary crush on Louis Theroux. His thoughtful, searingly honest and wryly funny account of encounters with all sorts of American subcultures makes a great read for someone who wants to toe the literary line between travel lit and non ...more
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
recommended for: Anyone who liked her short stories collection
read in March, 2007
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This was such a quick read, not because it was in any way pulpy but because of Lahiri's fluid language and ability to keep up the momentum of even something so meandering as the 35-year span of a family's story. The key with Lahiri -- and this was tr ...more
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
recommended for: revolutionaries
read in October, 2007
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There are parts of the general arc of this novel that remind me of both Nadine Gordimer (a favorite) and Chinua Achebe (respected--by me--but not beloved), like story's epic grandeur, its unapologetic nationalism and multi-polar racial politics. What ...more
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
recommended for: Someone who won't start singing Lion Sleeps Tonight whenever they see 'Chinua'
read in April, 2007
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For me this book was too parable-esque. It read a lot like Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist, which I definitely enjoyed when I was like 16, but I'm looking for something a little deeper at this point. Things Fall Apart shows up on so many "modern classic ...more
The Middle Passage by V.S. Naipaul
The Middle Passage
by V.S. Naipaul
recommended for: meh
read in August, 2007
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Too boring and dry to finish.
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote by Truman Capote
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
by Truman Capote
recommended for: Everyone
read in January, 2007
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I've never been a HUGE Truman Capote fan (after reading In Cold Blood and the one that was published posthumously that I can't remember) until reading this collection. Short stories were his true calling.
Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
Tales of Ordinary Madness
by Charles Bukowski
recommended for: Misanthropes
read in January, 2007
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I try and I try to understand the fanboy fascination with Bukowski... and yet. It had its funny moments and its stunning moments but it's just so self-indulgently disgusting and disgustingly self-indulgent throughout.
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint
by Philip Roth
recommended for: Ummm
read in April, 2007
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Argh! Enough with the masturbating. I don't have a ton of patience with the kvetching m.c. of nearly all Roth's books that I've tried to pick up. It's just me, probably, because I have a different aesthetic and cringe threshold. The voice struck me a ...more
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