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Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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Either I've come to dislike biographies, or this is just not a good biography. It provided only superficial analyses of Einstein's thoughts and motivations, was written in a fairly simplistic style and it also had the annoying tendency of rationalizi ...more
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The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
The Tin Drum
by Günter Grass
read in March, 2011
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This was a really unusual book. It was quite entertaining, at times sad, at times funny, at times lighthearted and at times heavy in political and cultural commentary. Most striking is the peculiar narrator Oskar, whose story is mostly believable but ...more
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The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
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This was an enjoyable book. I'm sure that I enjoyed it partly because I was already among the gastronomically converted before reading it and so I was able to enjoy many of Steingarten's intentionally childlike misadventures with, for example, fad di ...more
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Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
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(I wrote a lot more earlier today and then lost it to a failed internet connection. I have summarized the essence of my critique; the rest of what I wrote was not a particularly personalized take on the book and could be reconstructed from other revi ...more
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
read in December, 2010
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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince
by Niccolò Machiavelli
read in December, 2010
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This book was really entertaining. What was most striking to me is Machiavelli's candor in regard to his view of human nature. His entire philosophy derives logically from the stated assumption that humans as a species are inherently greedy, evil and ...more
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A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré
A Most Wanted Man
by John le Carré
read in December, 2010
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A pretty quick and mostly entertaining read. But the emotional development of the characters was unrealistic --- too many people falling in love with people that they just met, and several unreasonably large changes in heart, all over the course of w ...more
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