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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
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Nutshell: racism temporarily defeated by means of more or less permanent sexism. Novel promises to be an exercise in invert...
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
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October 2013
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Like Mary Shelley, McCullers is wunderkind. Set in late ‘30s great crisis, when “times is hard for everybody” (40-41), and b...
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
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Nutshell: surly New York leftists re-enact simulacrum of bourgeois family drama.The presentation annoyed me immediately beca...
Dissident Gardens - Jonathan Lethem
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September 2013
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reviewed: From Karl Mannheim
Very effective collection of Mannheim’s writings. Lengthy introduction by editor. Intro covers the [b:Ideology and Utopia|3...
From Karl Mannheim - Karl Mannheim, Volker Meja, David Kettler
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Nutshell: lumpenproletarians engage local petit bourgeois in effective anti-sobriety campaign during 1930s great crisis.Open...
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
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Opens with pessimistic neo-spenglerian “ours is essentially a tragic age” (1), and only gets more misanthropically rightwing ...
Lady Chatterleys Lover - D.H. Lawrence
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Confirming my ongoing hypothesis that narratives featuring AI will result ultimately in AI slave rebellion against proprietor...
Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson
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Borderline juvenilia. Introduction by author dismisses the collection ab initio as “illustrative of typical problems in entr...
Slow Learner: Early Stories - Thomas Pynchon
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What a waste of space. Reminiscent of [b:Steppenwolf|16631|Steppenwolf|Hermann Hesse|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/bo...
The Stranger - Albert Camus, Matthew    Ward
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A parable of reading. Protagonist is a fallen CFE, with her “skill set being a tendency to look for hidden patterns” (22), w...
Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon
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August 2013
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reviewed: What to Do When the Russians Come: A Survivor's Guide
The paranoia on display here is rooted in Stalin-era issues, and, in some cases, civil war issues, extended dishonestly into ...
What To Do When The Russians Come: A Survivor's Guide - Robert Conquest, John White
reviewed: Triplanetary
Nutshell: first third chronicles intergalactic duel between super-species, through proxies on earth, mostly; remainder involv...
Triplanetary - E.E. "Doc" Smith
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Nutshell: nearly posthumous old testament tomfoolery by Nobel Prize winner.Biblical satire, strangely not more effective over...
Cain - José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
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Nutshell: one-percenter gets haircut, an event worthy of 200 pages.The less looney toons sibling of [b:American Psycho|28676...
Cosmopolis - Don DeLillo
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Nutshell: Nazi nostaligist post-ironically exposed to death-gas and very rationally thereafter obsesses his alleged sexual p...
White Noise - Don DeLillo
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All reading is transformative for the reader, even if it’s merely additive or supplemental--a cumulation of more knowledges, ...
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West - Harold Bloom, Cormac McCarthy
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Pynchon falls to Earth here. At no point does this novel engage in the normal pynchonian analepsis, wherein character 1 flas...
Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
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Part II of multi-part review series.Reading Rand reminds me of teaching freshman composition at university years ago. There...
The Virtue of Selfishness (Signet) - Ayn Rand
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Part III of multi-part review series.A greatest hits: introductory essay and selections from the four novels. Will reserve ...
For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand - Ayn Rand
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Part IIII of multi-part review series.Nutshell: person who has read a half dozen novels and no literary theory writes treat...
The Romantic Manifesto - Ayn Rand
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Early modern French aristocratic sexual politics. Should be read in conjunction with [b:120 Days of Sodom|6351885|The 120 Da...
Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Douglas Parmée
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