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Revenge by Yōko Ogawa
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I read Ogawa's popular novel The Housekeeper and the Professor in a sort of "oh well" kind of way--and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I expected it to be sentimental and saccharine, and found instead that it was a simple story well told. Sti...more
Karen and 6 other people liked Nancy Oakes's review of Revenge: Stories:
Revenge by Yōko Ogawa
" Seriously I have never in my life felt so off kilter during and after reading a book as I did with this one. It is truly a masterpiece of darkness like I've never seen before. You can read my discussion of this book here. My advice: go get a copy... " Read more of this review »
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Revenge by Yōko Ogawa
" Yoko Ogawa has made a name for herself as a writer who can unsettle her readers with her precise, detailed, impassive prose. Two of her previously published books, Hotel Iris: A Novel and The Diving Pool: Three Novellas, introduce themes of unsett... " Read more of this review »
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So, a world where people can't sleep seems really, really bleak.
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Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich
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My main takeaway: Japan got seriously f***ed by the tsunami.
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In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell
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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
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Brenda Ueland
“The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ”
Brenda Ueland

Oscar Wilde
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Randall Jarrell
“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”
Randall Jarrell

Michael Chabon
“The problem, if anything, was precisely the opposite. I had too much to write:

too many fine and miserable buildings to construct and streets to name and clock towers to set chiming,

too many characters to raise up from the dirt like flowers whose petals I peeled down to the intricate frail organs within,

too many terrible genetic and fiduciary secrets to dig up and bury and dig up again,

too many divorces to grant,

heirs to disinherit,

trysts to arrange,

letters to misdirect into evil hands,

innocent children to slay with rheumatic fever,

women to leave unfulfilled and hopeless,

men to drive to adultery and theft,

fires to ignite at the hearts of ancient houses. ”
Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

Charles Bukowski
“the writing of some
men
is like a vast bridge
that carries you
over
the many things
that claw and tear.

The Wine of Forever”
Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

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