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Om høsten by Karl Ove Knausgård
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Read this in English as Autumn, but for some reason Goodreads doesn't have a listing for it yet.

The critical reception of this book is mixed, but I really enjoyed it. Critics seem to misunderstand the purpose of it, not think that purpose is worthwh
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The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
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Written in the autofictional style of Knausgaard or Ferrante, this excellent "novel" deals with the author's childhood growing up gay in a conservative rural town in France. It's vivid, frank to the point of explicit, and no longer than it needs to b ...more
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The Door by Magda Szabó
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Not a perfect five-star book, but close. Szabo offers a deep portrait of two women -- one a writer and one a housekeeper -- and the relationship they form over decades. They are of very different backgrounds, education levels, and temperaments, and t ...more
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Invisible Hands by Stig Sæterbakken
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Can I give this book six stars? Ten? It's so good it makes me want to go back and be harsher on the last several books I've rated.

Roughly speaking, it's a neo-noir centered on a detective investigating the case of a missing girl. He starts an affair
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Purity by Jonathan Franzen
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Not as good as Freedom -- which I count as one of the best books I've ever read -- but still brilliant. It might not deserve a full five stars, but I'm giving it that to make up for the contrarian reviews. Somewhere along the way it became fashionabl ...more
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On the Yard by Malcolm Braly
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In the canon of prison narratives, this deserves to be ranked up there with House of the Dead, Papillon, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Braly spent 40 years in prison, so he's something of an authority on its culture. But he's also a rea ...more
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The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
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Written in the autofictional style of Knausgaard or Ferrante, this excellent "novel" deals with the author's childhood growing up gay in a conservative rural town in France. It's vivid, frank to the point of explicit, and no longer than it needs to b ...more
Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar
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Oh, Julio, if I could just have a moment to talk to you. You are up here in your heavenly jazz tree, on a higher branch then where I am sitting, laughing at the sadness of the world stuck in its own grass and mortar rather than taking a ride in th..." Read more of this review »
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Simone de Beauvoir by Deirdre Bair
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Richard Brautigan
“My Name

“I guess you are kind of curious as to who I am, but I am one of those who do not have a regular name. My name depends on you. Just call me whatever is in your mind.
If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: Somebody asked you a question and you did not know the answer.
That is my name.
Perhaps it was raining very hard.
That is my name.
Or somebody wanted you to do something. You did it. Then they told you what you did was wrong—“Sorry for the mistake,”—and you had to do something else.
That is my name.
Perhaps it was a game you played when you were a child or something that came idly into your mind when you were old and sitting in a chair near the window.
That is my name.
Or you walked someplace. There were flowers all around.
That is my name.
Perhaps you stared into a river. There as something near you who loved you. They were about to touch you. You could feel this before it happened. Then it happened.
That is my name.”
Richard Brautigan, In Watermelon Sugar

James A. Michener
“The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.”
James A. Michener, The Drifters

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