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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
it was ok
What a long day. By mid-morning, I got -- it's bad, it's cold, and the weird thing is how life can go on in the midst of such deprivation. All I wante ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
The Professor's House
it was ok
I picked this up because I think of Willa Cather's novels as tender soft songs for the midwest or southwest, sparsely populated with sincere people wh ...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories
really liked it
Stasis never felt so brutal. And though nearly every story seems to be about not being able to leave your godforsaken past or place, there are so many ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
Short Stories in Spanish: New Penguin Parallel Text
it was ok
Like chips without salsa, this was never quite satisfying, I suspect because the collection was intended not to present great stories, but instead sto ...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 27, 2012
Sweet Tooth
liked it
For a good while (the first half or so) you say, well this is interesting, this slowly twisting plot, this portrait of a threadbare 1970s London, all ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
The Home Jar: Stories
really liked it
You don't forget these characters, where they live, what they are worried about, the roads they take. Except for "White's Lake," which I didn't connec ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
The Oxford Project
really liked it
Marvelous. The stories get you. The diversity! of humans, even in this small town. How we age is never not fascinating. I didn't actually read the who ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
The Dinner
it was ok
Several sparks but for me no fire. Weird to see this book promoted on a billboard in the London Underground. As if it were a thriller.
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
it was ok
Pleh. Like many reviewers, I found the first several chapters lively and promising. So it was especially disappointing to wade into thicker, duller wa ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 20, 2012