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Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
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The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell
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The word "epic" comes to mind when I think of The Alexandria Quartet. I read it several years ago when I was about 20, and I recognized then as I do now that it is largely above my head. That is not to say that it was not worth reading; I know that w...more
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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
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Into the Wild is a solid and believable account of what Christopher McCandless did/might have done during his two-year foray outside of society. Krakauer professes that he is the most suitable person to write this book, and at times his digressions i...more
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Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
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Umm, the subtitle on my paperback copy is "A Journey Through Time in China". Whatever.
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Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
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An interesting snapshot of China twenty years ago, when Deng was in power and China was beginning the myriad changes in its society and economy that are changing the world as we know it today. That having been said, I find Theroux a bit cold and dry.
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Mirrors of the Unseen by Jason Elliot
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A necessary addition to modern travel writing, shedding light on a people that are too often misrepresented in Western media. Elliot clearly has a gift for interacting with people of every ilk (screw all you linguistic traditionalists who think I've...more
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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
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Very interesting exploration of Nietzschean themes: the Will to Power, masters and slaves, and the moral structures that emerge from these two classes.
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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Perhaps the most powerful and wrenching book I've ever read. I simply can't recommend it enough. You must read it in one sitting.
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The Sea by John Banville
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Another quality addition to my Banville library. "Nature's indifference" will stick with me for some time. It's getting rave reviews, but frankly, I found it less compelling and memorable than The Book of Evidence or Dr. Copernicus.
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China Road by Rob Gifford
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While redundant at times, Gifford nevertheless provides a valuable account of today's China and a penetrating glimpse into China's potential and future.
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