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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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There are moments of simple beauty and poignancy in this book. There are also passages chronicling some of the more mundane details of domesticity that have a monotonous, obligatory feel to them, as if the author is no more than a jaded reporter cove ...more
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The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Gunslinger
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
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I never like to tell people too much about it because as a reader you want to let the journey unfold with all of its nuance and horror and love and malice and beauty and even if you're a spoilerholic in every other aspect of your life, you do not wan ...more
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The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
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My favorite Narnia book so far! I loved the descriptions and the fully-rendered story. The characters were also much more likable than in previous books.
And perhaps I am simply growing used to the Lewis style, but I thought the mannerism and stiffne
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In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
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I did not even come close to finishing this interminable novel. I read the first volume in French and "Swann's Way" in English as part of my Comp. Lit. degree. I was sorry not to like someone who is considered a great French novelist, but I hated thi ...more
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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
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The way the book Ethan Frome opens is told in a very desrcriptive, vivid tone which I like. The dance and lightness that Mattie is described with is a sweet tone that is heartwarming, but somewhat mischevious because he has a wife. The author's tone ...more
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Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
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I was an innocent graduate student when I picked this up, having enjoyed The Name of the Rose (especially the movie version, with Sean Connery and the kid who thinks he's Jack Nicholson. What was his name? Whatever...)
But now, having plumbed the lit
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A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
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Sometimes, you just need to read a book about a dog -- a good dog, a faithful dog.
We all want to believe in Ultimate Goodness. I suppose that's why religion as a belief system persists; it purports to represent Ultimate Goodness and nobility. Unfort
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