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Read-(Still-)in-Progress: Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Now we’re beyond Anna’s days as a young leftist and into her years as a disillusioned leftist whose friend’s son (spoiler) shoots himself. She’s also a moderately successful novelist who can’t finish her obviously autobiographical book. 321 more words

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Read-in-Progress: Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North

This is a pathetic Read-in-Progress. Season of Migration to the North is only 169 pages long; I should just “progress” straight to the end. Oh well, whatever, never mind. 147 more words

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Read-in-Progress: Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

British people talking about politics, socioeconomic status, and the decline of empire in drafty old rooms? Sign me up. Thus far Anna has taken a detached, ironic view of her literary and sexual life in 1950s London, and a bitter, nostalgic view of her time as a young leftist in Rhodesia. 277 more words

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Rereading, Reviewed: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

A very distant acquaintance texted me her dissent from my post on rereading. She said she prefers rereading because most books aren’t very good, and it’s usually not worth the time it takes to sort out good new books from bad. 310 more words

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Read-in-Progress: Henry Roth, Call It Sleep

Children are crazy effective as narrators. In some books, characters are vehicles for delivering information, and having your main character be a child who’s just discovering everything about the world is a great way to deliver that information naturally. 248 more words

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Read-in-Progress: Beth Gutcheon, Domestic Pleasures

Nine pages into Domestic Pleasures, a character said, “I’m in a pay phone.” I flipped back to the copyright page and found that the original publication date was 1991. 295 more words

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Read-in-Progress: José Saramago, Blindness

I’m not surprised that the movie adaptation of Blindness starred Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. They’re the avatars of middlebrow indie: thoughtful, attentive to character, but neither innovative nor surprising. 144 more words

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