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Style in Language
it was ok
This is a script of a conference held in '58 combining the essays and comments of almost twenty attendees of three fields: linguistics, psychology and ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
really liked it
I read this collection in parallel with A Confession and Other Religious Writings. The change in style or at least underlying moral scope is evident i ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Jul 11, 2010
Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings
really liked it
I've already read the first 13 stories, plus 4 others, in Ficciones (my review: The remaining short stories ...more
Jul 03, 2012
May 31, 2012
liked it
Arabesques is proof, as with Dostoevsky's journals, that great fiction writers have limitations when writing nonfiction. The three stories that appear ...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
My Mortal Enemy
liked it
At first I expected this to be a turn-of-the-century indictment of marriage. It appears now to be more of an psychological study of a unique case of b ...more
Mar 03, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Incredible Tales: Saki Short Stories
liked it
Saki has been recommended to me many times by friends. His stories could be considered short short fiction, as most of them range from 3 to 5 pages. H ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
The Complete Prose Tales of Alexandr Sergeyevitch Pushkin
liked it
I'm happy to find that Pushkin's prose is as good as his verse, if not easier to comprehend in translation. There are names dropped and (in this editi ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Howl and Other Poems
really liked it
I have to confess, I wasn't too interested in Ginsberg until I watched the film Howl with James Franco. I've alwa ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
The World of Cézanne: 1839-1906 (Time-Life Library of Art)
liked it
My hope is to work my way through all of these Time-Life Artist books. Duchamp was my first, this is my second. I like how the editors alternate the a ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
really liked it
Satire can be either singular or multi-layered in its indignation. Swift's A Modest Proposal feels to me like a singular satire. The point comes acros ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 13, 2009
The World of Winslow Homer: 1836-1910 (Time-Life Library of Art)
liked it
I knew very little about Winslow Homer before reading this, so it really was a lesson for me. As it progressed I was worried that he was going to be a ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy
liked it
I'm only familiar with scenes from the Inferno, I haven't gotten around to reading Purgatorio or Paradiso. The Inferno plates helped my understanding ...more
Jun 17, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
The Best of LIFE
it was amazing
I don't normally go in for coffee-table photo books, there are just too many out there. Life Magazine, however, published from 1936-1972 encapsulates ...more
Aug 07, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
liked it
Tractatus gave me a dull, achy throbbing behind my eyes. I have to admit most of it is beyond me. I made attempts to research the sudden downpour of t ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
The Time Traveler's Wife
liked it
It's a good and entertaining book. Though the sci-fi concept of time travel is well worn, this novel deals with it in an original way. It's more about ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
Introducing Baudrillard
did not like it
This comic-style book helped me a little with Baudrillard. I don't think it's the best way to teach – drawing silly clip art and slapping clowny chara ...more
May 2008
May 20, 2008
The Selected Poetry
it was ok
My earliest memory of Donne is "Death Be Not Proud" and 10th grade stanza and personification lessons in a Christian school that exemplified his simpl ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Cures for Love  (Great Loves, #5)
did not like it
I picked this up as a feeble substitution for reading De L'Amour in its entirety. I realize I may be missing some redeeming parts by not reading the w ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
The Sufferings of Young Werther
really liked it
I didn't care for the morose and often absurd sentimentality of Werther, but I suppose a reader's disgust is purposeful and meant as a warning. I also ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
Daisy Miller
really liked it
this has to be the earliest character sketch of "the flirt." it was interesting to read such an early account of a behaviour that nowadays has inundat ...more
Jan 2000
Mar 16, 2008
liked it
In the first place, it's tough to review a work of such social impact without cheating. The cheat lies in my ability to look back at history and follo ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
liked it
Best described on the Scribner edition's cover as an "ideal introduction" to Hemingway, Snows... is loosely themed as a collection of hunting narrativ ...more
Jul 22, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
The Prophet
it was ok
i don't have much patience for religious works. i can't think of anything unbiased to say that wouldn't reek of secular animosity. i felt i should rea ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 27, 2008
Sodom and Gomorrah (In Search of Lost Time, #4)
really liked it
This volume is nearly as good as the last, particularly for its censorship-defying recognition of the homosexual characters, but I found details of th ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
The Autumn of the Patriarch
really liked it
my 2nd favorite of ggm's. a haunting and disgusting dictator surrounds himself with death and madness. unlike dostoevsky's "notes...", the main charac ...more
Jan 2005
Feb 25, 2008
liked it
I don't recommend this book to be read entry by entry. It was agonizing to read in this way. I suggest reading the chapter introductions and glancing ...more
May 15, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
To the Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy
it was ok
I'll try to avoid seafaring analogies and especially puns. I promise there'll be no "characters walking a plank of sociopolitical behaviour" or such p ...more
Aug 05, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
Propaganda & Dreams(cl)
it was ok
The first half is mostly text, with few images, describing two seemingly opposing movements of the 30s. In the US, government economic recovery agenci ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
really liked it
my favorite book on grammar. i thought i was the only one who noticed the plight of the downtrodden apostrophe. it's funny and short. my copy came wit ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 02, 2008
The Dark Is Rising Sequence  (The Dark Is Rising #1-5)
liked it
an early, uk version of harry potter. they made a movie recently which sputtered in the wake of rowling's series. it reads like an adult series, thoug ...more
Jan 1991
Feb 27, 2008
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