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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
4.03
really liked it
Mesmerizing, powerful story-telling of European colonialism and its resultant cultural clashes and misunderstandings
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 01, 2010
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.21
did not like it
My reason for one star is that this novel simply didn't work for me. I love both writers, Austen and James, but there are too many years and literary ...more
May 07, 2012
May 05, 2012
 
The Children's Book
3.66
liked it
I've given it 4 stars but I'm really not sure it deserves such a high rating. Perhaps my evaluation was based upon my admiration for the enormous amou ...more
Aug 2011
Jun 06, 2010
 
קיצור תולדות האנושות
4.41
it was amazing
I took Professor Harari's MOOC from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem this year. It was by far the best university course I have ever taken. The book ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
 
Why Translation Matters
3.63
really liked it


Another brilliant exposé of the cultural world of literature. Edith Grossman writes fluently and insightfully on the role of translation in dissemina
...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
The Mountain of Light
3.39
liked it
Interesting historical details but rather long winded.
Sep 18, 2016
Sep 01, 2016
 
The Last Interview and Other Conversations
4.01
liked it
Very interesting. Has added to my understanding.
Jul 2016
Jun 15, 2016
 
The Luminaries
3.70
liked it
Fascinating Dickensian characters all wrapped up in several mysteries, great descriptive passages and beautiful prose. I gave it 3 stars because that' ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
And the Birds Rained Down
3.98
liked it
Clunking prose in the translation, but a unique perspective on historic events, death and freedom. Interesting!
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 01, 2015
 
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
3.85
really liked it


A finely crafted biography/memoir of a powerful family, and how, due to the forces of antisemitism they are dislocated, disenfranchised, and displace
...more
Oct 30, 2012
May 20, 2011
 
State of Wonder
3.85
liked it
What is it to live a life for an ideal? ... to give one's life for science? This the question Ann Patchet attempts to explore in this fast-paced story ...more
not set
May 21, 2011
 
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
4.02
really liked it
A quick, but enjoyable read; sparkling characterization, deftly plotted with satisfying descriptions of Egypt in 1880s. Amelia Peabody is reminiscent ...more
Sep 2010
Aug 14, 2010
 
The White Garden: A Novel of Virginia Woolf
3.44
it was ok
A fast read, with all the trappings of a creative literary mystery,romance and gardening novel all rolled into one. A great introduction to Virginia W ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 05, 2010
 
The Ethics of Identity
3.88
really liked it
Clear and distinct examination of our identities. Wonderful prose. Very helpful in untangling the myriad challenging concepts of my philosophy course.
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
The Human Stain (The American Trilogy, #3)
3.84
really liked it
Powerful insightful writing about the human condition, and the American obsession with race, religion, art, violence, sex, freedom and prejudice.
Apr 2012
Sep 30, 2011
 
The Hungry Tide
3.91
really liked it


Brilliant as always.
Jun 02, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
 
The Devil's Company (Benjamin Weaver #3)
3.94
liked it
David Liss at his best; an adventurous romp through the murky world of 18th century England. Government intrigues and plots, the East India Company, a ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jun 06, 2010
 
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
4.08
really liked it
A young person's guide to the world of Sherlock Holmes. This Holmes has retired to the countryside around Sussex, totally removing himself from the sh ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
 
The Secret of Lost Things
3.11
liked it
A compelling read for the bookish set! Sheridan Hay creates a cabinet of curiosities in New York city's antiquarian book trade. Her deftly drawn chara ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
 
Classic Australian Short Stories
4.33
liked it
A re-issue of a classic selection, first published around the 1950s. The earliest story dates from the nineteenth century and the latest from 1946. Ma ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2010
 
The Jew in the Lotus
3.98
liked it
A delightful look at the world of the Jews and the Tibetans -- about exile and cultural survival. The discussions at this historic meeting in the mid- ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
 
A Spirit of Play
4.00
liked it
ABC Boyer Lecture, 1998. The making of the Autralian consciousness, is an examination of the blend of circumstances that formed the Australian charact ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2010
 
The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet
2.82
liked it
Colleen McCullough has a sure deft hand and her continuation of the Pride & Prejudice saga (20 years on) is quite a page turner. A wonderful read ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
 
Manning Clark's History of Australia
3.69
liked it
In six abridged sections from Manning Clark's original epic six (6) volume "History of Australia" Michael Cathcart manages to condense and yet still b ...more
Aug 1996
Dec 28, 2010
 
Espresso Tales (44 Scotland Street, #2)
3.87
liked it
As with most of his writings, Alexander McCall Smith regales us with his gentle musings on life, the universe and everything. It is always a pleasure ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
The Impersonator (Roaring Twenties Mystery, #1)
3.73
liked it
A fast moving adventure murder-mystery set in the 1920's, with background provided by the bootlegging trade and life on the vaudeville circuit in the ...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
 
White Lily
3.65
really liked it
Based on Chinese folk lore this simple tale of a young girls longing for learning had deeper meaning but still endures as a metaphor for freedom and c ...more
not set
Nov 09, 2012
 
Map of the Invisible World
3.36
liked it
An engrossing account of the political struggle between Indonesia and Malaysia in the Sukarno era. The ideological machinations of the US and its effe ...more
May 25, 2010
May 09, 2010
 
Claude Monet, Private Eye: The Case of the Pilfered Paintings
3.22
it was ok
Disappointing. Not what I would have expected from Harris. Just discovered that this work was written by another Robert Harris. How very confusing ;(
Jan 05, 2017
Jan 03, 2017
 
The Language of Flowers
4.07
it was ok
A sweet story; more for young adults. The Victorian 'language of flowers' reminds one that we so easily lose past knowledge in a changing world.
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
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