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Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
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A challenging (mostly because of the length of the book), but ultimately satisfying, novel. Wonderful story. Delivers everything it promises.
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Gifts of the Crow by John M. Marzluff
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Fascinating book about the intelligence, and even sense of humor, as well as many other traits of the class of birds known as corvids. The book alternates between very scientific explanations of the inner workings of brains and engaging anecdotal sto ...more
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City of Thieves by David Benioff
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Surprisingly light reading considering the subject matter, the siege of Leningrad by the Nazi army. Enjoyable read. Great story.
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The Siege by Helen Dunmore
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Intense, difficult to put down, compelling, horrible events. Well told story of the siege of Leningrad by the Nazi army. Brings home the reality of hunger and cold in a vivid way.
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Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
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La destrucción de Kreshev by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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This is a wonderful story - part fairytale, part folkmyth, part morality play. Told by the devil, it tells the story of a small Jewish shtetl in rural Poland that is destroyed by the excesses and delusions of the main characters: Lise, the daughter o ...more
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In the Name of Identity by Amin Maalouf
“What makes me myself rather than anyone else is the very fact that I am poised between two countries, two or three languages, and several cultural traditions. It is precisely this that defines my identity. Would I exist more authentically if I cut off a part of myself”
Amin Maalouf
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Passion Play by Jerzy Kosiński
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Had to struggle a little to get to the end of this somewhat stupid and post-pubescent personal fantasy tale. It was, nevertheless, somewhat engaging.
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Politika by Jerome Preisler
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An American high tech billionaire's teams save the world, as Russian terrorists attempt to destabilize the global political situation. A decent read, but fairly predictable in most respects. One wants to finish the novel, pretty much knowing what is ...more
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Amin Maalouf
“What makes me myself rather than anyone else is the very fact that I am poised between two countries, two or three languages, and several cultural traditions. It is precisely this that defines my identity. Would I exist more authentically if I cut off a part of myself”
Amin Maalouf, In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong

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