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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
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Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
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Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan
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I wasn't overly charmed by this particular 19-yr old's first effort; while it is oddly frank for the time period, by the 3rd chapter it comes across as petulant rather than honest and there is nothing here that cannot be found in Fitzgerald's Rosemar ...more
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The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov
read in February, 2015
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A majestic romp through the streets of Moscow with an author who delights in conjuring demons and devious devices at every turn with a generous flourish of humour. One of the most pleasantly surprising books I've read - very un-Russian and the opposi ...more
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The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
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Ulysses by James Joyce
“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”
James Joyce
Dubliners by James Joyce
“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.”
James Joyce
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Different Seasons by Stephen King
Different Seasons
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
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Loved shawshank. He should write more of those; getting you to feel for the characters and will them on in so few words is a talent. But the other 3 stories made my skin crawl. I suppose that was what was imtended but i will never read them again. Th ...more
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
read in January, 2013
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There are some stories that shouldn't be bothered with. I'm a stickler for finishing books and I persevered, assuming at some point I would GET what on earth the author was blethering on about but I did not and the big reveal was pants. Not impressed ...more
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James Joyce
“and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood.”
James Joyce, Dubliners

Alexandre Dumas
“True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring.”
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Alexandre Dumas
“If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself. ”
Alexandre Dumas

Deb Caletti
“summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out.”
Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Alexandre Dumas
“What would you not have accomplished if you had been free?"

"Possibly nothing at all; the overflow of my brain would probably, in a state of freedom, have evaporated in a thousand follies; misfortune is needed to bring to light the treasures of the human intellect. Compression is needed to explode gunpowder. Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced — from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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