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Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
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Although I appreciated the snapshots of Nigeria from the lens of the expatriate. That said, I struggled to connect with the author, as - a couple of asides here or there - the utter lack of any kind of real reflection on class division undermined any ...more
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The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
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Bleak as all hell, and about the driest coming of age novel you'll ever read. Lots of silence, lots of short terse dialogue, lots of Spanish to work through...

Desolate, cold and with a heavy melancholy throughout, this is not for the fainthearted. I
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The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard
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I enjoyed this little romp through the golden age of US bank robbers. The good guy is suitably good, the bad guy utterly irredeemable, and even the molls have hearts of gold. Well worth picking up.
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Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
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Probably more 2.5 than 2, this had a couple of quite funny moments. However, the reliance on clichéd parenting tropes and middle class snobbishness wore me down. Yeah, for a divergence I could cope with this, but I wouldn’t make a habit of reading th ...more
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Hey! Listen! by Steve McNeil
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Good fun right through, this one is both illustrative and very funny at the same time. A great romp down memory lane for the casual gamer.
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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord by George MacDonald Fraser
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Another wonderful romp featuring our hero Flashman. As expected, this one offers a scathing critique of the pre-Civil War machinations of the US political classes, and a surprisingly wistful portrait of Old John Brown. Although he remains an arch cow ...more
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George Orwell
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
George Orwell, 1984

Joseph Heller
“Whatever his elders told him to do, he did. They told him to look before he leaped, and he always looked before he leaped. They told him never to put off until the next day what he could do the day before, and he never did. He was told to honor his father and his mother, and he honored his father and his mother. He was told that he should not kill, and he did not kill, until he got into the Army. Then he was told to kill, and he killed. He turned the other cheek on every occasion and always did unto others exactly as he would have had others do unto him. When he gave to charity, his left hand never knew what his right hand was doing. He never once took the name of the Lord his God in vain, committed adultery or coveted his neighbor's ass. In fact, he loved his neighbor and never even bore false witness against him. Major Major's elders disliked him because he was such a flagrant nonconformist.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Joseph Heller
“They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
And what difference does that make?”
Joseph Heller, Catch 22

Joseph Heller
“What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can't all be worth dying for.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22

John Steinbeck
“Anything that just costs money is cheap.”
John Steinbeck

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