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The Saskiad
[What follows is my original review of this book, which I posted to (which was pretty new back then!) on July 22, 1997. I haven't re-read t ...more
Jul 21, 1997
Aug 16, 2012
Valences of the Dialectic
inspired to read this by review at London Review of Books.
not set
Apr 18, 2010
The Underground Railroad
it was amazing
At the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, you get a passport of someone who lived in 1930s Europe and start at the top floor, then turn the page each ...more
Jan 16, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
it was amazing
The first question that occurred to me when I stepped into this sequel to the excellent Wolf Hall was "Why was that book titled Wolf Hall? This one sh ...more
Jul 09, 2015
Jul 11, 2015
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
it was amazing
(Re-)reading this novel after Death of a Salesman made me think: Biff...but worse. Biff's mother, Linda, scolds him as being "such a boy!" He's got no ...more
Mar 25, 2012
not set
Mar 25, 2012
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
At turns brilliantly funny satire, politically pungent commentary, structurally deft innovation, and mournful musing on war and the modern warrior, th ...more
Jun 29, 2012
May 21, 2012
Never Let Me Go
[some spoilers possible -- I tried to be discreet]

Perhaps the most challenging of devices is the unreliable narrator. Its success depends so heavily o
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
Crime and Punishment
it was amazing
Okay, I know, I know, many great readers hate hate hate this old-style novel for its indulgences, its ruminations, its many nicknames, and its lack of ...more
Jan 2001
Dec 27, 2008
Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry
I have read a lot of science in the past few years but not much math. This humbling reading experience helps me realize just how little I know.

Jul 18, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
The Tragedy of Arthur
it was amazing
To call a novel "clever" is usually to damn it with faint praise. In the case of this novel, I feel inordinately compelled to have "clever" be the fir ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
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