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liked it
As an admitted Anne Patchett fan, this is the third novel of hers that I have read. I had the good fortune to start her work with Bel Canto, which st ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 09, 2008
The Devil's Disciple
really liked it
The first play that I have read, the Devils Disciple is an encouraging start. Fast paced, clever, and witty this three act play follows the lives of ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 18, 2009
A Sudden Country
really liked it
A well traveled book in my family, from my aunt in Seattle to my mother and on to me, this novel recounts a much more arduous and life changing journ ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Le Divorce
really liked it
This second novel of Johnson's which I have read traces the adventures of Isabel Walker, an attractive young film school drop out who travels to Fran ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 18, 2008
God on the Rocks
really liked it
The third of Gardam's novels I have read (Old FILTH, Queen of the Tambourines), this proved to be every bit as enjoyable as the first two. Overall th ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Seven Sisters
liked it
This, the first work I have read by Drabble left me with mixed feelings. This work traces Candida (all sorts of allusion and inferences can be made b ...more
Aug 2011
Dec 02, 2011
On Chesil Beach
really liked it
Yet another of McEwans poignant well written novels dealing with the uncomfortable and awkward aspects of love. This particular book finds two newly ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 01, 2009
The Queen of the Tambourine
liked it
**spoiler alert** The second of Gardam's novels that I have read, this traces the descent of a well bred middle age lady into madness after learning o ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Three Early Novels: The Old Boys / The Boarding-House / The Love Department
really liked it
This collection of three novels all feature Sienfeldian-like plots, that for the most part made up of small aspects of various characters daily lives ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 30, 2009
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
liked it
Having just finished this Pulitzer and Book cicrle winner I am still a bit at a loss as to how to describe it. This is the tale of the tragic life Os ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Water for Elephants
really liked it
Water for Elephants is the retrospective tale of a young veternarian who unexpectedly joins a traveling railroad circus around the start of the great ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 29, 2008
A Mercy
it was amazing
One of a treasure trove of books I received for christmas, I can only hope that one other out of that loot approaches this novel. Morrison's latest n ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 23, 2009
The Plot Against America
really liked it
In the recent past few events in American History weight in our collective rightousness like our involvement in World War 2; particularly in our effo ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 03, 2008
Cutting for Stone
really liked it
The second novel by Verghese that I have read (My Own Country) is delightful, not only as a individual work of fiction, but as a demonstration of how ...more
Sep 2011
Jun 18, 2012
Cry, the Beloved Country
really liked it
Patons deceptively simple prose belies a powerful spiritual work of touching redemption for many of its main characters. The elegant and uncomplicate ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 10, 2009
The Art of Fielding
liked it
An interesting tale, that at the end of it all left me wanting, for reasons I can not completely articulate. This is the tale primarily of a baseball ...more
Sep 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
really liked it
A very lovely book that does not fit well into any one specific category, this work loosely traces the historical trail of a collection of netsuke (s ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Patrick Melrose Novels (Patrick Melrose #1-4)
it was amazing
Having seen Edward St. Aubyn referenced in many a past book review (and universally glowingly so) I figured it was time to try one of his novels. Thi ...more
Oct 2012
Nov 08, 2012
The Little Stranger
liked it
The second of Waters novels which I have read (the other being The Fingersmith) this is the gothic tale, told in the first person by a Dr. Faraday wh ...more
Jan 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Voyage Out
liked it
Never having read anything by Woolf before, yet acknowledging her place in the literary world I somehow expected more from this classic. This is the ...more
Feb 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Kate Vaiden
really liked it
A winner of the National Bokk Critics Circle Award this is painfully obvious story of the title character, Kate Vaiden. Reynolds Price amongst his ma ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 01, 2010
really liked it
Translated from Spanish this is the tale of a woman's madness (delerium) and the lives of three people central to her story. Set in Columbia in the m ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 12, 2009
The Handmaid's Tale
really liked it
Always a fan of Atwood's writing this chilling tale of a handmaid in a repressive theocracy is a thought provoking well written work. Having read thi ...more
Oct 2008
Dec 03, 2008
The Outlander
really liked it
This is the delightful tale of "the widow" a 19 year old barely woman who has murdered her husband because of abusive emotionally distant behaviors. ...more
Feb 2009
Apr 01, 2009
The Tenderness of Wolves
really liked it
The winner of the Costa award this was a wonderful tale that reminds me of other similar timepieces (Cold Mountain and the Outlander) that feature ch ...more
May 2009
May 21, 2009
Comedy in a Minor Key
it was amazing
What an intriguing and wonderful book. Introduced to this work through a review that both my parents and I read in the New York Times by Francine Pro ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 19, 2010
Cloud Atlas
it was amazing
What a wonderful book! A challenge to succinctly summarize, this is certainly amongst my favorite books I have read this year.

This novel is essentia
Oct 2010
Oct 27, 2010
The Tiger's Wife
it was amazing
An incredible novel by a first time writer in her 20's. This novel is set in a fictional country during a civil war, a setting which is a the thinest ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2012
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
liked it
This brief work by Jackson was tough for me to get a good handle on. The tale of two misanthropic women living alone in a small town in Vermont after ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 09, 2011
it was ok
I still do not exactly know what to make of this novel, the first I have read by McCarthy. Composed roughly of four parts, it traces the events of a ...more
Nov 2011
Jun 18, 2012
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