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Laura and 191 other people liked LeeAnne's review of The Goldfinch:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt



Humans make art, but art makes us human.

The beauty we encounter in life might be what makes it all worth living.

This novel is a love letter to great art, a literary version of a great painting and a philosophy of life...." Read more of this review »
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Not Out of Hate by Ma Ma Lay
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Not Out of Hate by Ma Ma Lay
"Ma Ma Lay was a significant Burmese novelist with a career that started during British colonial rule and lasted long enough to see the coup that ended hopes for democracy. She wrote the novel during the fifties but set in the later colonial period..." Read more of this review »
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Translations by Brian Friel
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Irish Politics and the Spanish Civil War by Fearghal McGarry
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Grand Opportunity by Timothy G. McMahon
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In 1892 Douglas Hyde gave an influential speech at the Irish National Literary Society in Dublin exhorting the Irish people to fight against the Anglicization of the country. According to him, it was imperative to promote the Irish language in order ...more
Laura and 36 other people liked Cecily's review of On Chesil Beach:
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
"This deceptively light novella describes the events of Florence and Edward’s disastrous honeymoon night in 1962, interspersed with details of their childhoods and courtship to suggest how those influenced what happened. It is clinical and understa..." Read more of this review »
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The End of the Hunt by Thomas Flanagan
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There You Are by Thomas Flanagan
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Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
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John Keats
“You are always new. THe last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest. When you pass'd my window home yesterday, I was fill'd with as much admiration as if I had then seen you for the first time...Even if you did not love me I could not help an entire devotion to you.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

John Keats
“My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you … I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Relaxing your hair is like being in prison. You're caged in. Your hair rules you. You didn't go running with Curt today because you don't want to sweat out this straightness. You're always battling to make your hair do what it wasn't meant to do.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“The only reason you say that race was not an issue is because you wish it was not. We all wish it was not. But it’s a lie. I came from a country where race was not an issue; I did not think of myself as black and I only became black when I came to America. When you are black in America and you fall in love with a white person, race doesn’t matter when you’re alone together because it’s just you and your love. But the minute you step outside, race matters. But we don’t talk about it. We don’t even tell our white partners the small things that piss us off and the things we wish they understood better, because we’re worried they will say we’re overreacting, or we’re being too sensitive. And we don’t want them to say, Look how far we’ve come, just forty years ago it would have been illegal for us to even be a couple blah blah blah, because you know what we’re thinking when they say that? We’re thinking why the fuck should it ever have been illegal anyway? But we don’t say any of this stuff. We let it pile up inside our heads and when we come to nice liberal dinners like this, we say that race doesn’t matter because that’s what we’re supposed to say, to keep our nice liberal friends comfortable. It’s true. I speak from experience.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

John Keats
“I never knew before, what such a love as you have made me feel, was; I did not believe in it; my Fancy was afraid of it, lest it should burn me up. But if you will fully love me, though there may be some fire, 'twill not be more than we can bear when moistened and bedewed with Pleasures.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

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