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A Personal Matter - Paperback -

I don't remember ever being as disgusted with the main character in a book as I was with Bird. How could he, upon seeing his new son, not want ...

- April 4, 2010
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Paperback -

This is an amazing book. Oskar Schell is one of the most endearing, lovable, and creative characters I can remember encountering in a book. His constant inventing was fascinating, and ...

- March 15, 2010
Dubliners - Paperback -

I read Dubliners after finishing How to Read Literature Like a Professor because I thought it would present the perfect opportunity to test out the tools that How to presents ...

- March 7, 2010
Botchan - Paperback -
Botchan is a book for those who find (or found) themselves in a world that they can't entirely understand and that doesn't seem to understand them. - Jan. 27, 2010
Catching Fire - Hardcover -

I am so glad that Catching Fire did not devolve into a mere romance novel after the ending of The Hunger Games. The love triangle is still there, of course ...

- Jan. 15, 2010
The Hunger Games - Hardcover -

Early on in The Hunger Games I was disappointed by how similar it was to Battle Royale, a Japanese novel where children are put on an island and forced to ...

- Dec. 27, 2009
Blindness - Paperback -

The first thing that struck me while reading Blindness was the fact that the dialogue in the book is not separated by quotations, or new paragraphs. What this means is ...

- Dec. 26, 2009
Olive Kitteridge - Paperback -

I knew Olive Kitteridge was a pulitzer prize winner, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed reading the book. I was, however, immediately surprised that the first chapter didn ...

- Dec. 2, 2009
East of Eden - Paperback -

There are so many good things that can be said about East of Eden that it is hard to know where to start, so I'll start with something simple ...

- Sept. 29, 2009
America America - Paperback -

America America is a beautifully written book that is full of insight, especially for someone who has just had a child and is often thinking about what being a father ...

- Aug. 8, 2009
Kokoro - Paperback -

Kokoro, according to the foreword by the translator, is best translated as "the heart of things". In many ways, this seems fitting for this book. From the beginning, when the ...

- June 5, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird - Paperback -

Somehow, I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird until now. Yet, so many of the characters (Atticus Finch and Boo Radley in particular) were familiar by name. This just ...

- May 14, 2009
I Am a Cat - Paperback -

As with the synopsis above, I apologize in advance for the length of this critique. However, there is a lot to say! Before I started reading I Am a Cat ...

- April 4, 2009
Firmin - Paperback -

The first chapter of Firmin is wonderful. I was immediately charmed by Firmin as he gushed over literature. I laughed as he described his inability to create a good first ...

- March 17, 2009
The Master of Go - Paperback -

Through the first fourth of The Master of Go, I did not think I would enjoy it. It felt, not surprising considering Kawabata was originally the reporter for the match ...

- Feb. 12, 2009
Flowers for Algernon - Paperback -

The initial effect that reading Charlie's progress reports had upon me was significant. Though I was aware of the general plot of the book, I was not expecting to ...

- Feb. 8, 2009
Snow Country - Paperback -

Snow Country relates the story of a tragic love affair between Shimamura and Komako. The style utilizes frequent sets of contrasting elements and opulent imagery to adapt the haiku style ...

- Jan. 3, 2009
nip the buds, shoot the kids - Paperback -

Nip is a dark, desolate, straightforward book. There is no mystery about what is happening. Though many comparisons might initially be drawn between it and Lord of the Flies, they ...

- Dec. 20, 2008
Snow Country - Paperback -

Yasunari Kawabata's Snow Country is one of the most unique novels I have read in years. The combination of the style, as well as the exploration I was taken ...

- Oct. 17, 2002

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