Category: Book Notes

Post #3168: One-sentence reviews for the first half of 2019

Reads and reactions in brief since January 1st, 2019. How to be Alone – Lane MooreEssays. Lane Moore is youngish, funny, and figuring out her life. These essays are part of her process. This House is Haunted – John BoyneNovel. Forgettable. In other words,…

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Responses to Crisis: Apocalypse

“But here’s what I’ve come to believe. That maybe it’s no different now than it ever was. Maybe it’s always the end of the world. Maybe you’re alive for a while and then you realize you’re going to die, and that’s such an insane…

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Book Notes: Le Père Goriot

“Holding this book in your hand, sinking back in your soft armchair, you will say to yourself: perhaps it will amuse me. And after you have read this story of great misfortunes, you will no doubt dine well, blaming the author for your own…

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Book Notes: Disgrace

‘How humiliating,’ he says finally. ‘Such high hopes, and to end like this.’ ‘Yes, I agree, it is humiliating. But perhaps that is a good point to start from again. Perhaps that is what I must learn to accept. To start at ground level….

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Preventing the world from destroying itself….

And I even think that we should understand – without ceasing to fight it – the error of those who in an excess of despair have asserted their right to dishonour and have rushed into the nihilism of the era. But the fact remains…

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