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The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot
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Jan 23, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

The whole enterprise of "liking" or "really liking" books on Goodreads feels profoundly stupid when you find yourself giving four stars to The Waste Land. I mean, it's beside the point to "really like" The Waste Land, isn't it? That's kind of like "liking" oxygen or music. They just exist, don't they?

Anyway, I will say that I read this to prepare for John Beer's book, and I came away with two insights: 1.) I'm much more interested in The Waste Land now that I'm older, as it reads to me like a deeply confessional poem about a man's midlife breakdown (to call it a "crisis" seems a little unfair to Eliot), and 2.) I still prefer Four Quartets and Prufrock to The Waste Land, though that might be the same as preferring the person I once was or the person I hope to be to the person that I am.

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