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A very different novel in style and approach to McEwan's recent Booker-prize winning novel Atonement. Somewhat reminiscent of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece "Mrs. Dalloway," this novel takes a day-in-the-life look at one man, Henry Perowne, as he goes through a Saturday in February, the day of the largest anti-war march in UK history, with an undercurrent of pending dread. McEwan's narrative hooks you in from page one and doesn't let up until you've turned the final page. Expertly captures the paranoia and fear that have affected us all and has become a part of life since September 11.
Tom Wolfe's new 700-page opus is an entertaining read. It moves quickly and keeps you turning pages. You may even laugh out loud on occasion and be reminded of similar situations/characters from your college days.
Is this good literature? No. The book has too many faults to be considered "quality fiction." It is sub-par Tom Wolfe ... though sub-par Tom Wolfe is better than most of the drivel that gets published these days. Still, after following the trials and tribulations of our heroine for 700 pages, you wish the payoff at the end was better, which leaves the reader feeling gyped and pretty annoyed.
Tom does a good job evoking campus life, though (and it's been a while since I've been in a university environment) it reads a bit extreme.
The book though suffers most from lack of editing. Whole sections are overwritten (almost embarrassingly so) and extremely repetitive. The book would have benefited were it half as long.
At any rate, I enjoyed it as I read it, but by its ending, I found myself asking why I'd bothered.
Adam Phillips writing is extremely thought-provoking, though a little more academic than I'd expected. Also, another reviewer has written that a more than fundamental knowledge of Freud's philosophies are important before tackling Mr. Phillips' text. I agree. It's been fifteen years since I've read Freud, so the memory was a little rusty.
From someone who never reads philosophy, this really held my interest. Time well spent...
Yes, this is a work of fiction, but Roth spins this story with the conviction of truth. Told through the eyes of a nine year-old child, The Plot Against America is an oftentimes horrific account of what might have happened had Charles Lindbergh, celebrity pilot and rabid anti-Semite, beaten FDR in the 1940 presidential election. Characters and scenes unfold on a stunning canvas that grab you by the throat and don't easily let go.
One of Philip Roth's best.
Excellent and concise...a very readable management text on setting up hardball initiatives in your organization with plenty of applicable and eye-opening real-life case scenarios of companies that have implemented these strategies and met tremendous success because of them. I read this book in one sitting and have filed away several strategies that I hope to use in my own business dealings....Read more
"The Inner Circle" provides a fascinating fictionalized inside look at Alfred Kinsey and the creation of the infamous Kinsey Report, soon also to be documented in a feature film starring Liam Neeson. The story is told through the perspective of young John Milk, a student at Indiana University who goes on to become one of Kinsey's research assistants.
The narrative voice is strong, often compelling, particularly in its depiction of the ambivalent sexuality of its central characters, propelled by Kinsey himself, but the long-expected, somewhat inevitable denouement (which should pack an emotional punch) somehow manages to fall short and the story wraps up a little too tidily.
Still, this is an entertaining read and a worthy introduction to TC Boyle, whose works I had never read. "Drop City," which I imagine to be a superior book to this, is next on my list.
A lot better than I expected ... nothing new here -- the business tips aren't anything unique from what you'd get in any other business/life management book, but Bill has an engaging voice, his story is more often than not inspiring, and the chapter summations at the end of each chapter provide adequate food for thought. A quick read, which is more than you can say for most business titles......Read more
Certainly not the easiest novel to get into, but with time and effort, "Be My Knife" packs an emotional punch that stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned. The narrative develops at a pace not unlike a snowball, gathering in intensity as it progresses ... and the final image burns itself deep into the reader's consciousness.
A love story between two ordinary people (told only through impassioned letters) dealing with loss, disillusionment, and the everyday. "Be My Knife" haunts...
I've read all of Michael Cunningham's novels, and I think this rates as my favorite. He writes with such a fluid narrative style and shows such a compassion for his characters -- even at their worst and most selfish -- that all of them (even the supporting ones) are fully realized and utterly real.
This is a story about family -- both traditional and non-traditional -- and how home is really where you make it. A beautiful novel from one of our most gifted writers today.
I was a big fan of Mr. Garland's debut novel "The Beach," less so of "The Tesseract," and while I was entertained by his latest effort, I can't say it compares favorably to the narrative drive and thrill of his first book. "The Coma" is essentially a short story interspersed with some interesting wood cut illustrations by his father that really serve little purpose beyond bulking up the page count. You keep turning the pages in hopes that some sort of narrative thread will be picked up, only to discover by book's end that you're more-or-less right back where you started with little illumination, and you'll be hard-pressed an hour later to even remember the characters' names.
Still, Garland is a talented writer and I will keep buying his books in hopes that the next one will achieve the same literary heights as his debut....Read more