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The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
3.89
did not like it
I am profoundly sad to give this book the one star it is currently getting. Truly sad, because up until page 277 I was enjoying myself, enjoying it, a ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
3.74
did not like it
Oh, God, where do I even begin?

Can one give a book half a star? A quarter? How does something so pretentious and egomanical become a popular bestselle
...more
Apr 06, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories
4.27
it was amazing
These stories are amazingly grim. Practically every single one manages to end with the death of someone or another, usually in the grisliest and most ...more
Aug 03, 2013
Jun 28, 2012
 
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
3.38
did not like it
I think I may have actually not enjoyed this book because, and I am going to level with people here, I am prejudiced against Ukrainians.

Let me just el
...more
May 03, 2016
Oct 22, 2014
 
Tropic of Cancer
3.71
did not like it
I'm not saying that Henry Miller is an anti-Semitic misogynist - it might be his "narrator" and "protagonist" voice, intended to convey irony and scan ...more
Oct 06, 2015
Oct 27, 2014
 
The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta)
3.83
did not like it
Ah yes. What I needed in my life is a good dose of Lost Generation antisemitism, macho chauvinism and sanctimonious jerkassery. Oh, and bullfighting g ...more
May 23, 2016
Dec 05, 2015
 
Trilby
3.34
did not like it
Well, this was quite the anti-Semitic rag. Even for the norms of the time, which were notoriously lax about this sort of thing, and a publication date ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
The Goldfinch
3.88
liked it
Really weird reading experience. On the one hand, it is very well-written. So well-written that you really don't feel the burden of the 770+ pages, an ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Dec 23, 2013
 
The Awakening and Selected Stories
3.87
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I have to put this out there straight off; objectively this is a quite good book, a classic, and I have seen many other people like ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Oct 18, 2011
 
A Bend in the River
3.77
did not like it
Why do people read this creep?

Why do they indulge him, give him prizes, accolades, titles? How is this man's being the darling of the literary establi
...more
Mar 09, 2016
Oct 21, 2014
 
The Sheltering Sky
3.91
did not like it
Maybe I just don't enjoy post-colonial existential angst. I don't know. perhaps this sort of thing doesn't age as well as other subjects, but I can sa ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
3.95
really liked it
Disclosure: my review of this book is probably extremely biased, because I am neither a parent, nor American.

It's easy to talk out of one's ass about
...more
not set
Jul 30, 2014
 
Annie's Song
4.20
it was ok
Okay, so, not normally prone to reading romance novels, I really did have a bias problem. The book was not as horrible as I anticipated - though I was ...more
not set
Feb 05, 2011
 
Room
4.04
really liked it
This is really rather a sweet book, for something dealing with so potentially horrendous a subject as incarceration, kidnapping and all the other good ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 20, 2011
 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
3.74
did not like it
Warning: In order to enjoy this book, you have to be Jewish. But not too Jewish. And definitely not an Israeli.

Preferably, you will be a well-educated
...more
not set
Aug 03, 2013
 
Trainspotting
4.08
did not like it
I honestly can't blame this book for the rating I gave it. I was all right... I guess? I didn't get annoyed at the endless Scotch, although I did get ...more
Jul 25, 2016
Dec 05, 2015
 
Middlesex
3.98
liked it
Middlesex was a good, but not staggering, sort of book. I can see why it won a Pulitzer - it tackled not only issues of sexual identity and orientatio ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Dec 21, 2011
 
Great House
3.46
did not like it
Ooh, boy...

I would not normally say that I am afraid of difficult reads. Some are clearly beyond my power - or perhaps just leave me indifferent - lik
...more
Aug 20, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
Melmoth the Wanderer
3.71
really liked it
It's fun to be back, for a little while, to a time in which heroes were heroes, villains were villanious, and passions ran so high they spilled overbo ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
 
Fury
3.29
it was ok
This is the latest of a series of Rushdies I've read in the last year and it will probably also be the last. It has all the things that a Rushdies tau ...more
Aug 03, 2016
Dec 05, 2015
 
Einstein's Dreams
4.08
it was amazing
This is a very clever little book, half speculative fiction, and half metaphor. All the things that happen in it are both completely alien and almost ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
 
Lolita
3.88
it was amazing
Okay, I really did not think I was going to enjoy this one - classic or no - but I actually did. It is so fantastically written and structured, that o ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Oct 06, 2011
 
The Sense of an Ending
3.70
liked it
This was a neat little book, eminently readable, quite good in a lot of ways, but as unreliable narrations go, eh.

To be fair, I'm tired of the unreli
...more
not set
Dec 03, 2016
 
The Crying of Lot 49
3.70
really liked it
Well, this was one heck of a weird book. But it had far too much sense of humour for me to dislike it. The twenty-question striptease scene had me in ...more
May 21, 2013
Apr 28, 2011
 
The Prime Minister (Palliser, #5)
4.06
did not like it
Sometimes, enough is just enough.

I've read through a plethora of 19th century books. Some bothered me. Some bothered me a great deal. Some bothered me
...more
Aug 29, 2017
Nov 16, 2016
 
Pale Fire
4.20
it was amazing
Nabokov is the only author I know of so far who, by some trick of genius, managed to make me like an extremely unlikable narrator. I am not sure how h ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Nov 23, 2013
 
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon
4.10
liked it
This is a cute little book, which, in the tradition of what little I've seen of South American fiction, meanders around a great deal. To say it concer ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Apr 23, 2013
 
מקימי
3.81
liked it
It's an all right book, that tries to touch on the process of becoming newly religious with some amount of candour and insight. The problem, for me, i ...more
Mar 17, 2015
Oct 27, 2014
 
Under the Skin
3.72
it was ok
This book is... okay? I guess?

It's certainly well-written, and tries for a sort of thriller vibe, The problem is, I am not altogether certain this boo
...more
Jun 22, 2015
Oct 22, 2014
 
Flight Behavior
3.76
it was amazing
This is the second novel I am reading this year in which women's lives are saved, somehow, by science. That is not an unremarkable coincidence because ...more
Feb 20, 2014
May 25, 2013
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