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A Master at Work
Salmon Rushdie is always brilliant and insightful and this book came just in time to soothe some of my anxiety in these crazy times. Good literature may not punish the beasts among us, but it is helpful to know that there are writers like Rushdie who can both feel and articulate the shock and fear I feel every day watching and reading the news.
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers. The characters are true and there is science woven through the lives of ordinary people so that I am compelled to do further study. I just wish she would give a professional reader the work. Her voice is fine when she reads female narrative, but the male voices and accents are dreadful and distract from the brilliant prose.
Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.
Hitch-22 is brilliant. I've read many articles by Christopher Hitchens over the years, and have always admired his take no prisoners journalism. This book is exactly that, and this time he's the target. The book is fabulous when he describes someone he likes, and delicious when he detests the subject.
I was especially intrigued with the Argentina portion. It was difficult to hear, but it makes a compelling case for Democracy, however imperfect. Mr. Hitchens' argument for the Iraq war is a terrific essay. I was, and still am, opposed to the war, but I found his insights helpful in understanding the other point of view.
This book is a love letter to America. Mr Hitchens sees the country with 20/20 vision and adores it, flaws and all. Hitch-22 should be required reading for all Americans.
I look forward to listening to this book a second time, which is something I rarely do. I love that he read it himself. It is tragic to think that we may lose this amazing writer. I want to scream "Please, don't leave me alone with the idiots"!
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I Love her Books - Every Last One
I love everything Anna Quindlen writes. There is (as John Irving says) an undertoad just below the surface of this book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt connected to all the characters. Even though the book is painful I wanted it to go on forever. The Lathams feel like a part of me now.
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Life of Pi is among the most original and poignant books I've read. I'm surprised to see any negative reviews. If you're looking to be completely transported this is the book! Spoiler: many questions cannot be answered.
The narrator is superb.
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