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The Golden Notebook
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The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
"Nobody can accuse me of not trying to understand the appeal of WGS to so many trustworthy readers, but for the life of me, I can't come up with a good reason for his popularity. This review is a really a group review of 'Rings,' 'Emigrants,' 'Camp..." Read more of this review »
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The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
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A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
"I found a lot of this book incredibly tedious. I tend to avoid the winners of the Man / Booker – they make me a little depressed. The only Carey I haven’t liked won the Booker (Oscar and Lucinda), I really didn’t like the little bit of Vernon God..." Read more of this review »
Living in and Visiting Costa Rica by Greg Seymour
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I conjecture that this book has spared me the initial shock at many Costa Rican idiosyncrasies that I would have found appalling had I not been forewarned. (For example: bring your own toilet paper) I felt like I was getting the re..." Read more of this review »
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
“Like all failed experiments, that one taught me something I didn’t expect: one key ingredient of so-called experience is the delusional faith that it is unique and special, that those included in it are privileged and those excluded from it are missing out.”
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The Lost City of Z by David Grann
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Fascinating subject. He distorts the structure of the book pretty severely in order to assemble some suspense, unfortunately.
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Jennifer Egan
“Like all failed experiments, that one taught me something I didn’t expect: one key ingredient of so-called experience is the delusional faith that it is unique and special, that those included in it are privileged and those excluded from it are missing out.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

Herman Melville
“All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life. And if you be a philosopher, though seated in the whale-boat, you would not at heart feel one whit more of terror, than though seated before your evening fire with a poker, and not a harpoon, by your side.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

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