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Redeployment by Phil Klay
by Phil Klay
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I have one critique regarding the audiobook only. Since this is not a continuous novel with one narrative voice, each chapter is a unique perspective of the Iraq War, having a single voice read the entire book detracts from the audio version. It woul...more
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A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs by Marcel Proust
" There's a lot of stuff in Volume 2 of A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu, and people see different things in it. To me, though, the unifying theme is a continuation of Proust's analysis of how romantic relationships work, which he started in Un Amour d... " Read more of this review »
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
" Clear off the biggest wall in the gallery of novels about beloved paintings. You’ll need lots of space for “The Goldfinch,” Donna Tartt’s giant new masterpiece about a small masterpiece by Carel Fabritius. Don’t worry if you can’t recall that name... " Read more of this review »
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
" So listen. Look. I am a READER, right? I mean, I read all the time, everywhere, every day, a book a week. But most of the time the book I'm reading is a dull throb beneath my fingers, a soft hum behind my eyes, a lovely way to spend a bit of time... " Read more of this review »
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The Goldfinch
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Doris Lessing
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: 'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Angela Carter
“There was a house we all had in common and it was called the past, even though we'd lived in different rooms.”
Angela Carter, Wise Children

Oscar Wilde
“We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Umberto Eco
“When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.”
Umberto Eco

Oscar Wilde
“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things. ”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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