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Early Irish Myths and Sagas by Anonymous
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Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by W.B. Yeats
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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
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Is it spite masquerading as divine revelation or divine revelation riding on the wings of spite?
Whichever it is, Dante seized the opportunity of his exile to write a complex allusive encyclopedic poem that prefigured centuries of writing, art, theol
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The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
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“...when the rubble of ‘ineffectual feelings,’ which every period bequeaths to the next, has grown into mountains without anything being done about it. So the War Ministry can sit back and serenely wait the next mass catastrophe.”

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The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
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What Musil would have done with the Meme. I don’t know if Dawkins read Musil before he coined that term, but considering Musil’s novel traces the elliptical pathways that ideas take from generation through reflection, refraction and rejection- until ...more
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The Complete Ballet by John  Haskell
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I picture a pool, Olympic sized with windows for walls. Instead of water, a solution that ensures everything dropped in floats, balanced in relation to anything else dropped in. Haskell’s books all relate to each other, this book fits somewhere betwe ...more
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Mating by Norman Rush
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I wasn’t able to sum up my thoughts on this one right away. On the one hand the narrator’s voice is mesmerizing, complete and tangible- and also insufferable at times. The story too seems balanced on the border of the implausible but the voice and de ...more
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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The main narrative voice is a marvel but the breaks in perspective to Lola’s story are swifter, not as detailed and feel less realized- likewise the story of Ybon felt a little one dimensional- while fitting the momentum of the story, Ybon herself fe ...more
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Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
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Alexievich catches a range of voices, that delivers the range and depth of the tragedy of a lost national identity. Parastroika and what followed- the evaporation of the Soviet Union- the deep personal commitments set within the wider scene of death ...more
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The Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Teilhard de Chardin’s ambition is admirable- show that the evolution of human consciousness is the shape and purpose of the history of the universe. To do so he asks some probing questions about why life on this planet has taken the form it has, he u ...more
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