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Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe
by Madeline Miller (Goodreads Author)
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So, it turns out that men are pigs. Whether Circe turns humans into them, or spares them. So are most of the gods. The notion that gods are just as (even more?) petty than humans, and equally addicted to power and gamesmanship, if something to think ...more
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A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers
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Quite a follow-up to "There, There." Powers plumbs two of America's other ugliest legacies: our sad history of race relations and sick embrace of violence. From the Civil War to the late 20th century, Faulkner is here, in the characters, the settings ...more
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There There by Tommy Orange
There There
by Tommy Orange (Goodreads Author)
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The relentlessness of the bad things that happen to and are done by Orange's urban Native Americans nearly overwhelms his project here: to tell their stories, whatever they end up meaning. But, reminiscent of Beckett's protagonists, indomitable natur ...more
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A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
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Looks like I'll have to read another trilogy, if the rest is anywhere near as fine as this. Doyle deeply explores identity as he tells the tale of a budding young Irish nationalist Henry Smart. What does it mean to be a mother, a brother, a father, a ...more
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On Trails by Robert Moor
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Insightful, delightful and provocative.
An AT thru-hiker, Moor explores trails of all sorts, from the slime left by the earliest forms of life to the internet, natch. Some of his musings are more persuasive and bang-on than others, but they are almost
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Less by Andrew Sean Greer
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Less is not more in this case. Quite the contrary. Not quite sure I've ever had a reaction so distant from the blurbs. (Who are these people and what they reading otherwise?) In any case, Greer proves that glib, self-indulgent, repetitive writing abo ...more
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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
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Tyler's a great enough writer to make Willa Drake's odd path to independence highly readable. She's not quite great enough to make it compelling or convincing.
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Improvement by Joan Silber
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I love the structure of the narrative -- telling the story from the perspectives of different characters whose paths cross over decades and dramatic incidents. But some of the characters, their decisions and their perspectives, are simply less persua ...more
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Life Work by Donald Hall
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Donald Hall's reflections on and celebration of his forebears' massive work habits in New England are both touching and provocative, as is much of his poetry. The book is deeper than it seems at first, often humorous, and the notion of "absorbedness" ...more
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O caso Mersault by Kamel Daoud
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An inspired idea, well- but not brilliantly executed. (I'd go with the Goodreads avg of 3.5 if I could.) Daoud recasts Camus' The Stranger from the Arab victim's brother's perspective. Harun expresses his rage and disappointment at Camus, the French ...more
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