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Mr. Peanut

May 9, 2011

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When you get a few pages into Adam Ross’s debut novel, you think, ‘Okay, this is a murder mystery.’ A whodunnit. And it is that, but it’s also much more. The novel is a book within a book, and within that, it’s three stories, intertwining and doubling back on themselves, about three men and their […]

C and Remainder

January 5, 2011

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I didn’t know what to expect with Tom McCarthy’s new novel C, and was a little nervous to read it because I had heard it was so full of science and technical terms. Also, I avoid historical novels. This is not one, as it turns out. Or, at least, yes, it’s a fascinating bildungsroman told […]

Unaccustomed Earth

December 5, 2010

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest story collection, Unaccustomed Earth, blew me away. She builds on the strengths of Interpreter of Maladies and explores, often, the same themes but to an even more crushing, gripping degree. She leaves you feeling emotionally devastated from a single thirty-page story. She’s an incredible writer, and among so many talents (subtlety, for […]

Letting Go

December 1, 2010

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That Philip Roth is one of the best writers alive may not be up for debate. There are those who might not be fans of his long-winded style, as well as many who believe his writing is chauvinistic. But even most critics of his work acknowledge his enormous stature in the modern American canon; he […]

Never Let Me Go, book vs. movie

October 27, 2009

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This is a great novel and a terrific introduction to Ishiguro. Never Let Me Go really flows naturally, all under the narrator’s commanding voice, which is the book’s biggest strength. It eases you in, then surprises you. As for the plot “secret,” I’m not even sure I would tout that part of it when recommending […]

The Humbling

October 18, 2009

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Philip Roth’s new novel has only been out a couple weeks now, but I knew I had to read it right away. It was a quick, breezy read—a tiny novella, like Indignation in its almost aggravating brevity—that only clocks in at 140 pages. And those are small pages with absurdly large type. To get to […]

Downtown Owl

October 8, 2009

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Klosterman’s non-fiction is great, as so many of his fans know, but he has stuck with the same authorial voice for his first attempt at a novel, and it doesn’t really work. It doesn’t work, but still the novel manages to entertain. It grabs you, though you never get sucked in enough to ignore the […]