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Look At Me by Anita Brookner

Brookner’s precise and darkly imaginative second novel explores, with an unstinting, dispassionate, and bone-scraping precision, the paradoxical and painful dichotomy between seeing and being seen. Fanny Hinton, a handsome and sober young woman of means living alone with the aging … Continue reading

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M Train by Patti Smith

Patti wanders equally and easily through dreams, memories, as well as through what we call everyday life. The immediacy of her lovely thoughts, annotations, and reflections pull us so strongly into her consciousness that we feel blessedly wrapped in a magical fabric part dream, … Continue reading

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A Time of Gifts

by Patrick Leigh Fermor One of the finest prose stylists I’ve ever read, although it is very rich stuff. Best to pack all twenty volumes of the OED in your knapsack if you want to read this on the subway … Continue reading

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The Captain and the Enemy by Graham Greene

I enjoyed this book quite a lot, but it also felt in some way like a young adult novel; it seems like a brilliant book written by a boy. And yet there are deep honest truths about love and youth … Continue reading

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The Unchangeable Spots of the Leopard

This books was a nice surprise. Beautifully written, energetic, intelligent, humane, thoughtful. I’m in a good mood so I’m not going to say anything bad… But if I were going to say something critical, I would only mention that the author’s/narrator’s … Continue reading

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Lost Horizon

From the first pages of the novel you realize that you are in the hands of a masterful storyteller. And Hilton does not disappoint: the entire story is crafted like a lovely gem carved and split out of crystal into beautiful shape. Continue reading

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Between My Father and the King: New and Uncollected Stories

A new collection of Janet Frame stories, many of them previously unpublished, has been released by Counterpoint. Janet Frame, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished writers, is one of my favorite authors. Resources New York Times Book Review by By ALISON McCULLOCH … Continue reading

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Owls Do Cry

Certain novels rise up like a quiet spring from some deep well of poetry and human feeling… Continue reading

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Close to the Knives

Sometimes it takes the fire of anger to throw light on the truth. Wojnarowicz’s honest and frank memoir has, by illuminating a painful and tragically shortened life in an uncaring time and place, made our world today that much less dark. Read and remember. Continue reading

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