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Lisa Beaulieu and 29 other people liked Sara's review of The Good Soldier:
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
"This is a story of two marriages, a philandering husband, a controlling wife, living lies, keeping up appearances, misusing religion and pursuing happiness in all the wrong places. It is told by an unreliable narrator who scarcely seems to underst..." Read more of this review »
Lisa Beaulieu and 127 other people liked Darwin8u's review of The Good Soldier:
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
"“I don't know what anyone has to be proud of.”
― Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier


What? You mean this novel isn't about war? Is it possible to hate a book and love it at the same time? This is one of those books where it immediately becomes obviou..." Read more of this review »
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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
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Really beautiful writing, really sad story of a poor orphan trapped with horrible people all around her ... I was rapt, until about halfway through, and I Just. Got. So. Bored. Poor Portia is superbly annoying, even though we are on her side. I can s ...more
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
"What a strange little book!

In The Death of the Heart, you'll find characters who swing wildly and often from sharp bourgeois caricatures to sympathetic portraits of people struggling with the collapse of social mores in post-WWI London to sockpup..." Read more of this review »
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Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
Imagine Me Gone
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The Trespasser by Tana French
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Two stars means "it was ok" according to Goodreads, but this book really was not ok! So sad, I cannot believe Tana French wrote a book I didn't devour with glee. For me, it is soooo boring, and the narrator is too much of a nasty bitter person to spe ...more
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The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
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This, this, this! This is what I'm looking for in a novel! It's like a 200 page Billy Collins poem - not fancy language, but poetic musings and lovely ways of meditating on being human with other humans. The best thing I can say is this book is about ...more
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Despair by Vladimir Nabokov
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
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Ill Will by Dan Chaon
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Jalaluddin Rumi
“You think because you understand 'one' you must also understand 'two', because one and one make two. But you must also understand 'and'.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Jalaluddin Rumi
“We were green: we ripened and grew golden.
The Sea terrified us: we learned how to drown.
Squat and earthbound, we unfolded huge wings.
We started sober: are love's startled drunkards.

You hide me in your cloak of nothingness
Reflect my ghost in your glass of being
I am nothing, yet appear: transparent dream
Where your eternity briefly trembles.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Jalaluddin Rumi
“We gather at night to celebrate
being human. Sometimes we call out low
to the tambourine. Fish drink the sea,
but the sea does not get smaller! We
eat the clouds and evening light. We
are slaves tasting the royal wine.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Jim Harrison
“I did not want to live out my life in the strenuous effort to hold a ghost world together. It was plain as the stars that time herself moved in grand tidal sweeps rather than the tick-tocks we suffocate within, and that I must reshape myself to fully inhabit the earth rather than dawdle in the sump of my foibles.”
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