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The Blind Assassin
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Crabwalk by Günter Grass
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Crabwalk by Günter Grass
"Günter Grass, the Nobel laureate and brilliant chronicler of Germany's tortured relationship to its past, died in April 2015. This short novel, published in 2002 ("Im Krebsgang"), was his last work of fiction. Its narrator tells his story by sidl..." Read more of this review »
The Shift by Lynda Gratton
" Nice review of a shifty premise. She may be on to something, but as she admits, it's tough to make predictions. This kind of book can help us to bette ...more "
The Shift by Lynda Gratton
"This was an unusual choice for me. It probably deserves more than three stars, because I enjoyed thinking it over as I read, because I marked a lot of passages, and because I did not dismiss any of it outright, though I did create a raised eyebrow..." Read more of this review »
The Mill On The Floss by George Eliot
" As an Austen fan, I'm always thrilled when people highlight her influence on subsequent authors. I have't read any Eliot, but I've watched many adapta ...more "
The Mill On The Floss by George Eliot
"Mary Ann Evans – or George Eliot – said that without Jane Austen, there would have been no George Eliot. This was in evidence to me in this novel more than in her masterpiece, Middlemarch, possibly because the latter is a much later work (but so f..." Read more of this review »
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A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas
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A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas
"‘Only because the past is dead are we able to read it.

There is a hole in the literary heart that has not, cannot, be filled since the passing of Jorge Luis Borges. Never has the metaphysical universe been more aligned with our own to where a read..." Read more of this review »
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The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis
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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
" I hadn't thought about the similarities between this and the Old Filth trilogy. I agree. Teddy really is such an engaging character, but I had a great ...more "
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