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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
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The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin
The Queue
by Vladimir Sorokin
read in March, 2015
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A great book, quick to read and thoroughly entertaining. It almost reminds me of Waiting for Godot filtered through Soviet Russia.
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Krapp's Last Tape and Other Dramatic Pieces by Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape is by far my favorite of the pieces presented here; it is as dark and harrowing as the best of Beckett's work. The other pieces are worthy of a read, as well.
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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
read in March, 2015
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This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest books I've ever read; this is easily my fourth or fifth reading, and the power and impact of Catch-22 hasn't diminished in the least bit. So hysterically funny, so tragically heartbreaking... I really hav ...more
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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
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A great little book. Seriously funny, engaging and easy to read.
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The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence
The Plumed Serpent
by D.H. Lawrence
read in March, 2015
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"I really hate Mexico and Mexicans." > "Oh hey look, neoprimitive religion is making a comeback, human sacrifice and all." > "I really love Mexico and Mexicans."

Boring, boring, boring.
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Slow Learner by Thomas Pynchon
Slow Learner: Early Stories
by Thomas Pynchon
read in February, 2015
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My enjoyment of this book never diminishes, no matter how many times I pick it up when I'm in a pinch for something to read. From the introduction to the twist ending of "The Secret Integration," this is pure gold.
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Slow Learner by Thomas Pynchon
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The Recognitions by William Gaddis
The Recognitions
by William Gaddis
read in February, 2015
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This book is good. Really good. I can certainly see anticipation of Pynchon (especially V) in the massive cast of characters Gaddis manipulates across the world. For a novel this dense and epic, I never felt lost, and was rarely, if ever, disengaged ...more
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Knowledge of Hell by António Lobo Antunes
Knowledge of Hell
by António Lobo Antunes
read in February, 2015
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My first exposure to Antunes. The only other Portugese author I've read is Saramago, and it's easy to draw comparisons to his writing style here, especially the passages of long, run-on sentences and paragraphs. Antunes brings a much more palpable se ...more
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