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Read-in-Progress: William T. Vollmann, Europe Central

While I admire sprawling, convention-defying novels, I don’t necessarily think they’re goodEurope Central isn’t necessarily good.

I probably should have guessed that Vollmann was a… 119 more words

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Read-in-Progress: O. E. Rølvaag, Peder Victorious

Like Summit Avenue or the North Woods, Giants in the Earth has always seemed quintessentially Minnesotan to this Michigan transplant. It’s not a book that I ever saw in my hometown, but I routinely run across it in the Twin Cities. 223 more words

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Read-in-Progress: Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis

I finished The Golden Notebook and felt the way I expected to, so now I get to move on. Narcopolis, which thus far has been about the opium-smoking eunuch prostitute Dimple and the Chinese refugee Mr. 225 more words

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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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