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December 02

The Dream Life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West You sense from this novella that Nathanael West really hated pretension. This is an over-the-top mockery of pomposity, self-importance and just about anyone who takes themselves too seriously on any ‘important’ subject; like, say: religion, death, lo ...more

November 26

Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
rated a book really liked it Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2) by Frank Herbert
read in November, 2022
An interesting study of the balance between free will and predetermination. Because of his talents, the protagonist Paul Atreides is aware of and can watch the interplay between his will and his destiny. When he is making decisions, he knows beforeha ...more

November 18

Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño
rated a book really liked it Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño
read in November, 2022
This reads like a long Kafkaesque doppelganger nightmare and is subtle enough that if I want to honestly understand what's going on thematically I'm gonna have to re-read it in English. I guess. My impression though is that Bolaño is using the real e ...more