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Smilla's Sense of Snow
3.73
it was amazing
Smilla is, I think, my hands-down favourite fictional character. Which makes it easy for me to keep returning to this book. It's a translation from Da ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2007
 
The Diviners
4.16
it was amazing
I haven't been much of a fan of Margaret Laurence's work in the past, mainly because I found many of her characters a little on the whiny side. And if ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 27, 2007
 
Alphabeasts
4.12
it was amazing
ALPHABEASTS is a far cry from your average A-is-for-apple-I'm-so-bored-I-think-I'll-skip-learning-to-read-and-won't-you-kill-me-now alphabet book. Bec ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2007
 
Hard Light
4.12
it was amazing
So I'm a bit in love with Michael Crummey. And this is the book that did it. It contains near-verbatim anecdotal accounts of his father's childhood in ...more
not set
Aug 05, 2007
 
Lolita
3.88
it was amazing
John Updike once said of him, "Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." I found myself laughing spontaneously t ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 26, 2007
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.34
liked it
I found this to be a pretty quick read, mostly because I was intrigued by the story and couldn't stay away for long. I appreciate any setting that is ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 29, 2007
 
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour, an Introduction
4.11
really liked it
Sure I have a special place in my heart for Holden Caulfield, but the narrator of the first part of this book ("Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters") ...more
not set
Aug 07, 2007
 
Margaret Laurence - Al Purdy, A Friendship in Letters: Selected Correspondence
3.79
it was amazing
Al Purdy makes me laugh (guffaw, really) unrestrainedly and I wish he were my uncle. Margaret Laurence, on the other hand, makes me feel that it's nor ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 28, 2007
 
Divisadero
3.48
really liked it
Because it's Michael Ondaatje, and because it's been seven years (SEVEN YEARS) since "Anil's Ghost", and because I know I can trust this man, I unwont ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2007
 
The Money Tree
4.02
it was amazing
This book encapsulates my ideal reclusive, rural, self-sufficient life, complete with three dogs and a working fireplace. A cozy book, but with a fain ...more
not set
Nov 30, 2007
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