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David rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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I am just not sure how I feel about this novel. I am not a fast reader by any means. But it sure took a while for me to plow through this book. I think that says something. I did not look forward to picking it up. Not that it is a bad read. More like...more
David rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
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Handed to me by a friend, I found this to be an engaging and, at times, exciting read. The tale of the worst hurricane in American history, it also touches upon the hubris of men - especially those who carry the conviction of their technological prow...more
David rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne
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Interesting to see this side of Byrne who I know only from the Talking Heads. He is obviously artistic and interesting in many ways beyond that. He has some interesting observations on society, city life, transportation, etc.
David rated a book 3 of 5 stars
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
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This book is beautifully written. But it is a dark book and the reader should be prepared for this. This rendering drifts back and forth from English to Spanish in the dialog which, while obviously natural for the author, leaves the ignorant reader c...more
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The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
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Like its predecessor, All The Pretty Horses, this book contains some beautifully written prose. But it is an exceedingly dark book that at times proved difficult to assimilate - even for me - and my outlook tends to echo that of the author. Like All...more
David rated a book 4 of 5 stars
To Have or to Be? The Nature of the Psyche by Erich Fromm
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This is a worthy book. Not easy reading as the ideas are dense. But the writing and ideas are compelling. However, you should be prepared to be disappointed by how little our society (and our species) has progressed along Fromm's recommended lines (w...more
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Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
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This book is interesting to me in a technical way. The author cycles between two different perspectives and voices in alternating chapters. I greatly appreciated the skill with which the author is able to muster two such different and believable voic...more
David rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder
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Very good, fast read. Interesting subject and story well told.
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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
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Enjoyable and interesting. A well-written invention of imagination.
David rated a book 3 of 5 stars
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
We Were the Mulvaneys
by Joyce Carol Oates
read in August, 2011
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Well written but seems a bit long and drawn out.
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