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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
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I admire experimentation with form, and this book succeeds on several levels. It's an amazing page-turner -- that's not the highest praise I have for it, but it is the first thing that strikes me in reviewing it. The book lures you onwards into itsel ...more
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The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
The Robber Bride
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)
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I get a sense that this book was conceived in a spirit of experimentation: "What if there's a book about three women, all of whom are lifelong friends, and all of whom one by one befriended and were betrayed by, robbed of love, stolen from and made m ...more
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Automated Alice by Jeff Noon
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Jeff Noon re-used Lewis Carroll's old teabags, and created a weakened, milder, less flavorful sequel to the Alice books. I saw a college theater production of "Alice in Wonderland" at the Fringe while reading this book, and (while that piece had trou ...more
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The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
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one of my all-time favorite philosophical novels, written by an Irish nihilist alcoholic and implicitly comparing the world to hell. put that way it doesn't sound so appealing but the book contains some of the most astonishing, comic, horrifying idea ...more
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
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an illustrated melodramatic adventure story for girls, written in the early 60's and set in a romanticized England of about a hundred years earlier. Interesting to me for its depictions of women and girls as villainesses, heroes, frail/sensitive "goo ...more
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Amerika by Franz Kafka
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like the others currently listed, a dorm-room score in Edinburgh. Lighter and less brilliantly demented than The Castle and The Trial... but it has its moments. & i am interested in the fact that kafka had never been to America and made the count ...more
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Gladiatrix by Amy Zoll
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sensationalized -- but vivid -- account of women warriors in ancient Rome and Britain
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1421 by Gavin Menzies
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a book in my dorm room at the edinburgh fringe festival
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