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Humiliated and Insulted
4.22
it was amazing
Why is this one not as 'famous' as Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov? It may not be as deep philosophically as either of those, but trust ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.86
it was amazing
Neither my girlfriend nor I had read Faulkner, so we decided to read The Sound and the Fury together. It's interesting—and one of the most wonderful exper ...more
Feb 03, 2017
Jul 11, 2012
 
A Russian Journal
4.07
it was amazing
Steinbeck met photographer Robert Capa and together they decided to take a trip to the Soviet Union. They sought to discover the people of the Soviet ...more
Jan 09, 2018
Dec 29, 2017
 
The Idiot
4.18
it was amazing
"'She just looks at him, can't take her eyes away; hangs on his every little word; snatches at it, snatches at it!' Lizaveta Prokovyevna said later to
...more
not set
Feb 09, 2012
 
A Man Without a Country
4.07
really liked it
"Life is no way to treat an animal." (123)
A Man Without a Country is a somewhat loose collection, thematically speaking, of writings and reflections by Vonnegut on everyth(123)A
...more
Feb 09, 2018
Jan 11, 2014
 
The Village of Stepanchikovo
3.87
liked it
I was going through my Dostoevsky collection looking for one of his works to re-read, when I came across The Village of Stepanchikovo. I picked it out of my shelf a ...more
May 06, 2018
Jun 11, 2013
 
Absalom, Absalom!
3.96
it was amazing
"I love, I will accept no substitute; something has happened between him and my father; if my father was right, I will never see him again, if wrong h
...more
Mar 15, 2017
Jan 28, 2012
 
Snow Country
3.68
liked it
Snow Country is the fourth novel by Kawabata that I've read—after Beauty and Sadness and The Sound of the Mountain, which were okay, and Thousand Cranes, which was very good. I thi ...more
Dec 08, 2018
Nov 15, 2012
 
Letter to the Father / Brief an den Vater
3.91
"…it is, after all, not necessary to fly right into the middle of the sun, but it is necessary to crawl to a clean little spot on earth where the sun
...more
Jan 31, 2017
Jul 18, 2012
 
A Room of One's Own
4.14
really liked it
"A very queer, composite being thus emerges. Imaginatively [woman] is of the highest importance; practically she is completely insignificant. She perv
...more
Feb 23, 2016
Feb 21, 2016
 
Women & Power: A Manifesto
4.07
it was amazing
"If we want to give women as a gender—and not just in the shape of a few determined individuals—their place inside the structures of power, we have to
...more
Jan 18, 2018
Jan 19, 2018
 
Glass, Irony and God
4.32
really liked it
"Who in a nightmare
can help himself?
(84)
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 04, 2018
 
When I Whistle
3.96
really liked it
"Why do pure and simple people like Flatfish have to die?

A plain, unassuming fellow. A fellow maybe a little cunning, but one who, somewhere in his h
...more
Apr 2018
not set
Mar 19, 2018
 
A Single Man
4.10
it was amazing
"But your book is wrong, Mrs. Strunk, says George, when it tells you that Jim is the substitute I found for a real son, a real kid brother, a real hus
...more
Dec 04, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
 
The Golovlyov Family
4.04
really liked it
"A kind of doom seems to hang over some families. One notices it particularly among the class of small landowners scattered all over Russia who, havin
...more
Aug 08, 2016
Mar 29, 2013
 
I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories
3.79
liked it
"Her eyes were full of tears for the unpreventable sadness in the world." (28)
In a way, as a true Fitzgerald fan, aside from being delighted by this collection of
...more
Nov 07, 2017
Oct 26, 2017
 
No Longer at Ease
3.84
really liked it
"Our women made black patterns on their bodies with the juice of the uli tree. It was beautiful, but it soon faded. If it lasted two market weeks it lastuli
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not set
Jun 11, 2017
 
Poor Folk and Other Stories
3.97
liked it
Aside from Poor Folk, which is very good (“and though I suffer for you, yet it eases my heart to suffer for you” - I’ll never tire of quoting that), t ...more
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 18, 2015
 
Wittgenstein's Nephew
4.04
really liked it
"The only difference between us is that Paul allowed himself to be utterly dominated by his madness, whereas I have never let myself be dominated by m
...more
Nov 29, 2017
May 28, 2012
 
A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
3.61
it was amazing
I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world.
Isn't that the deep-seated, usually carefully hidden feeling of every pe
...more
Dec 04, 2015
Nov 14, 2012
 
If This Isn't Nice What Is? (Much) Expanded Second Edition: The Graduation Speeches and Other Words to Live By
3.90
really liked it
"And that tiny part of the population which appreciates the arts is well taken care of, is often appalled by how much good stuff there is to read and
...more
Feb 20, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
 
Eugenie Grandet
3.79
really liked it
"...Other women bow their heads and suffer in silence; they go their way dying, resigned, weeping, forgiving, praying, and recollecting, till they dra
...more
Feb 07, 2017
Jan 17, 2013
 
A Faint Heart
3.53
liked it
"Because you are happy, you want every one, absolutely every one, to become happy at once. It hurts and troubles you to be happy alone."
Nov 30, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
 
Notes on Suicide
3.70
liked it
To be human is to have the capacity, at each and every moment, of killing oneself. Incarceration, humiliation, disappointment, disease – the world can
...more
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 22, 2016
 
Yerma
3.83
it was amazing
María: Have you ever held a live bird in your hand?
Yerma: Yes.
María: It's the same…but it's right inside your blood.
This is how pregnancy is described early on in
...more
not set
Dec 16, 2012
 
Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
3.92
it was ok
This book is kind of a mess, but its subject is interesting enough—and some of the findings are intriguing and potentially important enough—to make yo ...more
Jul 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018
 
Spring Snow
4.15
liked it
"The only thing that seemed valid to him was to live for the emotions - gratuitous and unstable, dying only to quicken again, dwindling and flaring wi
...more
Sep 04, 2016
Jan 23, 2014
 
Illness as Metaphor
3.94
really liked it
“But how to be morally severe in the late twentieth century? How, when there is so much to be severe about; how, when we have a sense of evil but no
...more
not set
Feb 14, 2016
 
Diaboliad
3.74
really liked it
One of the things against which Bulgakov railed at the time he was writing these five stories—Diaboliad, The Fatal Eggs (really more of a novella), No. 13, the Elpit-Workerstories—, ...more
Aug 03, 2017
Feb 08, 2012
 
What Art Is
3.74
liked it
"In my first book on the philosophy of art I thought that works of art are about something, and I decided that works of art accordingly have meaning. We inabout
...more
Nov 17, 2018
Nov 17, 2018
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