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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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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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Bookish: The Lazarus Project

Before I went on holidays I finished this Aleksander Hemon novel and was charged to discover that this novel (released last year) lives up to the promise of Hemon’s short fiction. Unlike Nowhere Man, his first “novel”, The Lazarus Project holds throughout with a…

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Bookish: The Believers

About three-quarters of the way through Zoe Heller’s recent novel The Believers I realized that not only did I not like (or believe) any of the book’s characters, but none of them were going to be redeemed by the end either. Indeed, a bitter…

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