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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
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Smart. Enjoyable read, from the first page to the last paragraph. Paris is fast and entertaining; the tone is more socially conscious in London but not overbearing. Surprising moments of sly humor everywhere.
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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
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I finally understand his greatness; just reading one short story will not do it because his writing is so uneven and his brilliance is accumulative. When he gets it right, story to story, it's easy to see how and why Hemingway, Faulkner, Miller, Stei ...more
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Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
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The woman has major issues. Hard for me to say this is a full 4 stars, but very close, because the author has the magic; it's obviously there on the page, sometimes clumsy like a child, sometimes slumbering, but quite often radiant. I would take issu ...more
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The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist
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My first Pär Lagerkvist book impressed me from the first paragraph (which you can read at Amazon). While I cannot say it is a great book, I cannot say it is not either; it is dark, funny, odd, meticulous, and easy to breeze through (short book).
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Fable for Another Time by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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Turned out to be a disappointment even though it ended strong enough. A gifted touch still glows to life here and there, but in toto this book was too fractured, hysterical, and maniacal - which is the point, of course, but I found it almost unreadab ...more
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Winter Notes on Summer Impressions by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Dostoevsky's 'journalism.' Bilious humor strikes the first note; cruel candor, the second; and still, I enjoyed it, particularly the last, bitterest chapter, where Dostoevsky savages the bourgeois Parisian couple. The style here reminds me of Notes f ...more
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Maigret and the Headless Corpse by Georges Simenon
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The Maigret novels are curious examples of 'detective' fiction. Oh sure, there might be a headless corpse, but not much really happens, not even in the resolution (spoiler alert: it's an abrupt ending and they don’t even find the missing head). But i ...more
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The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
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Manhasset is a good setting, the story is fluid, and the characters come to life with small sparks. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this memoir. Moehringer is a skilled storyteller with the gift of the ear and eye for intelligent sentences. ...more
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Harvest by Jean Giono
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Giono's dreamy style is not what I chase in a writer, but once I dip into his stream, very few other writers color my mood so dreamily and deeply.

Giono does so many small things right: the astute touches; the intuitive grace; the gentle touches; the
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