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My Ántonia (Great Plains Trilogy, #3)
3.77
it was amazing
My latest encounter with a masterwork -- a novel I just completed in order to teach, and one that seduced me wonderfully and quite unexpectedly. Cathe ...more
Apr 09, 2009
May 25, 2008
 
Dubliners
3.86
it was amazing
Brilliant and encyclopedic as James Joyce was -- the artist who, more than any other, hauled the ancient storytellers' calling to distill an entire cu ...more
Sep 1969
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Aug 03, 2008
 
The Complete Stories
4.35
it was amazing
The recent so-called scandalous revelations about Kafka's personal library (as if -- turns out he read a slightly edgy quarterly of arts & literat ...more
Aug 19, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
 
The Rings of Saturn
4.27
it was amazing
The epigraph informs us that the "rings" of the 6th planet are in fact nothing but rubble. Worse, I can't think of any recent work of imagination -- S ...more
Nov 1998
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Mar 16, 2009
 
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
3.99
it was amazing
In this review I'm speaking only on the title piece, a "short novel" according to Porter, but I do have to say that "Old Mortality" (in the same colle ...more
Jan 1999
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Sep 25, 2008
 
JR
4.28
it was amazing
An essential, a masterwork: uproarious yet profoundly troubling, syllable-perfect in its rendering of voices both adolescent and doddering, and gather ...more
Mar 1979
Jun 12, 2008
 
Invisible Cities
4.19
it was amazing
Membership in Goodreads has its requirements, and I'd have to turn in my badge if I didn't post something on the late-century grandmaster Calvino. INV ...more
Jun 30, 1975
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Sep 27, 2008
 
Dog Soldiers
3.72
it was amazing
Robert Stone, let's all remember, joined his Stanford classmate Ken Kesey & the rest of the Merry Pranksters aboard the LSD-fueled bus "Further," ...more
Jan 1981
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Apr 18, 2009
 
Heart of Darkness
3.42
it was amazing
Morally questionable & structurally shaky, a tragic shaggy-dog story, HEART OF DARKNESS nevertheless is one of those books I just can't get beyond ...more
Jun 1969
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Feb 27, 2009
 
Blindness
4.09
it was amazing
(1st, special thanks to Michelle W for the cattle prod)

Recently I dipped again into this one, as I dusted off a few of the artifacts picked up during
...more
Jan 2005
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May 17, 2009
 
The Gallery
3.98
it was amazing
If this suggestion seems to come out of left field, that's fitting, since my rediscovery of this mid-century American masterpiece swept me away from o ...more
Sep 2011
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Dec 04, 2011
 
Cheri and The Last of Cheri
3.89
it was amazing
Virginia Woolf, though rather a she-wolf herself, declared that reading Colette made her feel "dowdy." So too, getting into these twinned short master ...more
Aug 2011
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Aug 03, 2011
 
Drop City
3.84
it was amazing
Already a clear-cut five-star, even before I finish, TC Boyle's ripe and agitated revisit to the hippie extremes of the late '60s offers both a celebr ...more
Apr 09, 2009
Sep 05, 2008
 
Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme
4.25
it was amazing
This one reached my desk last week, I finished it over the weekend, & rightly or wrongly, I've bumped aside a few GR-worthy items in order to put ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
 
The Names
3.65
it was amazing
This man's got all sorts of work to celebrate. Start w/ GREAT JONES STREET, DeLillo's vision of the banality that suffocates the famous, more pertinen ...more
Mar 1996
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Dec 07, 2008
 
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
3.81
really liked it
At times Ishmael Reed can seem to matter most for his snake-sensitive tongue, felt in flickering personal essays that play across every soft spot in A ...more
Jan 1975
Aug 25, 2008
 
The Gift
3.99
it was amazing
Nabokov looms as one of the navigational stars, glimmering against a novelist's horizon just when things seem darkest. THE GIFT makes my Goodreads lis ...more
Jan 2005
Jul 06, 2008
 
Metamorphoses
4.04
it was amazing
The changes that teem in Ovid's rambunctious & altogether wonderful catalogue -- a reinvention of the fairytales he grew up with, at once fat & ...more
Feb 2012
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Mar 19, 2012
 
Labyrinths:  Selected Stories and Other Writings
4.46
it was amazing
BOAR-hez? The name met with blank looks, I was shocked to discover, when I mentioned it on this year's first day of fiction workshop. Look, the man re ...more
Feb 1973
Sep 06, 2008
 
Aureole: An Erotic Sequence
3.93
it was amazing
Mercy -- just choosing a shelf for this magnificent genre- & gender-bender is a task beyond the oversimplifications of agate type! Carole Maso has ...more
Jun 2003
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Jan 16, 2009
 
Malone Dies
3.90
it was amazing
The seamed & hawkish gaze of this harrowing master, this grim reaper w/ a rapier wit, haunted me ever more alarmingly over the past weekend, as I ...more
Oct 1971
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Feb 17, 2009
 
The End
3.40
it was amazing
My God, the sentences of Signore Scibona! Constructions hard-headed yet lovely, precise yet inventive: "Night, for children, was more a place than a t ...more
Sep 2008
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Nov 20, 2008
 
Bogeywoman
3.66
it was amazing
Jaimy Gordon lifted literary hearts all over these States when, after decades of inexplicable obscurity, she captured the 2010 Nat'l Book Award with h ...more
Jan 1999
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Feb 26, 2011
 
Ladies' Man
3.53
really liked it
Richard Price had already begun to get into screen work when this book appeared, about 1980, and he went on to fame for his movies, and for novels lik ...more
Aug 1980
Jul 03, 2008
 
The Tenants
3.68
it was amazing
(First, for the record: the review that posted a couple of days ago was incomplete. The mistake was mine, not GR's. Thanks to Alan & Shane for hel ...more
Jan 1986
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Apr 02, 2009
 
EVER
4.00
it was amazing
Blake Butler brings off sentences that at once estrange & seduce, their phrasing & pacing like some 21st-Century resurrection of the Middle En ...more
Apr 2009
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Jun 01, 2009
 
Michael Martone
3.91
it was amazing
Michael Martone's got a imagination that ticks, one in which the manifold cogs & springs crank up something extra at each revolution of an idea. T ...more
Jul 2006
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Jan 03, 2009
 
The Dream Songs
4.19
it was amazing
Here it is Columbus Day weekend, & again I'm setting out in the too-small boats of my brains & sensibility across the turbulence of these DREA ...more
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
 
Centring the Margins: Essays and Reviews
4.29
it was amazing
By any fair standard, Bursey's selection of reviews & criticism must be counted insightful, wide-ranging, & humane -- a winner, really. Still, ...more
Dec 2016
Jan 07, 2017
 
Wittgenstein's Nephew
4.08
it was amazing
Call it the contra-convalescent novel, in which laughter is the worst medicine & yet we can't help sticking out our arms for a fresh shot, because ...more
Jun 1984
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Oct 10, 2008
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