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The Lover
3.75
it was amazing
I loved the strangeness of this woman's interior, her voice, the way such a slim volume can sum up an entire life, compelling and erotic and intellect ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Mar 04, 2009
 
Cane
3.89
it was amazing
An astonishingly beautiful, sensual, lyrical, formally experimental book. In character vignettes of one, two, three pages interleaved with short poems ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
 
The Hour of the Star
3.97
it was amazing
I had never heard of Clarice Lispector until I saw it on Les Plesko's reading list (see my Goodreads blog on this mindblowing list), which I am gradua ...more
Oct 07, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
 
The Street of Crocodiles
4.17
it was amazing
A strange and magical experience. The small stories in this book are language-drunk, old-world-surrealism, the emphasis on the weird life of objects, ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
This Is Why I Came
3.83
it was amazing
In this small, brilliant collection, Mary Rakow strips the skin of centuries from the central narratives of Western Culture--the stories of the Bible, ...more
Oct 18, 2015
Dec 20, 2015
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.70
it was amazing
First taste of Pynchon--introduction to the paranoid universe. W.A.S.T.E.
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Feb 16, 2009
 
Siddhartha
3.99
it was amazing
Let's just not even mention the trails and veils of the time and place where one first encountered Hesse, and usually this was the introduction... a w ...more
not set
Oct 07, 2009
 
Ninety-two in the Shade
3.82
really liked it
I always remember this as a contemporary Western, but it's actually set in Key West--a man's attempt to turn his back on cynical, corrupt, addicted, p ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2012
 
The Wild Party
4.13
it was amazing
The darker side of paradise, which Fitzgerald shows us by tipping up a corner of the rug here and there, is front and center in this weird, fabulous b ...more
not set
Oct 07, 2009
 
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
3.95
it was amazing
A near perfect book. The two 1000-page volumes of the Gulag Archipelago cannot bring the emotional impact of one slim novel, a single day in the shoes ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2009
 
Heart of a Dog
4.14
it was amazing
Darkly comic short novel, a Soviet twist on the Frankenstein theme, what happens when the glands of a human are put into a dog--he becomes a human, bu ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2009
 
Archy and Mehitabel
4.28
it was amazing
the 1920's adventures in verse of the typewriting cockroach and the kitty who was Cleopatra in a former life. A Beat favorite.
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Jul 06, 2009
 
Horseman, Pass by
3.94
it was amazing
A brilliant short contemporary Western--written in 1961--the story of a "not-quite-stranger comes to town"--the devil himself, only he's not quite a s ...more
not set
Feb 24, 2012
 
Being There
3.87
it was amazing
We find what we're looking for, whether it's there or not. This charming tale of Chauncey Gardener is another of the great short books I give people w ...more
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Mar 04, 2009
 
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
3.84
it was amazing
My uber-favorite Mark Twain short story as a stand-alone book. Nobody does the devil like Twain. Oh, maybe Ambrose Bierce, but there's a richer qualit ...more
not set
Oct 07, 2009
 
Death in Venice and Other Tales
3.87
it was amazing
Love in time of Cholera... in decadent Venice at the century's end. Ravishing. You could see why Werther wanted to kill himself.
not set
Mar 04, 2009
 
Heart of Darkness
3.42
it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2009