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The Sellout

I just finished reading Paul Beatty‘s The Sellout, the Man Booker Prize winner of 2016.  It’s a short, strange, witty novel that, though seemingly humorous, tackles very serious social and cultural issues. The novel starts with the protagonist, a first name-less African-American Mr. Me, high on his homegrown marijuana at the Supreme Court of the…

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Litsy!

Hey guys, if you haven’t already!, download and try out Litsy, an app every book lover will love! Litsy is like a cross between goodreads and instagram. You can upload pictures of books and write blurbs, quotes, and short reviews. You can also upload books you’re currently reading, as well as books you want to…

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A Fine Balance

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating my blog lately; partly because of the Holidays, partly because a lot of things have happened in my life lately, but a big part of it also has to do with laziness. I realized that I did not post a December Book Loot earlier this month either, but…

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Smaller and Smaller Circles

When the body of an adolescent boy was found, eviscerated, with heart and penis cut off, and face skinned off at a city landfill in Manila, it seemed like just another unfortunate, though brutal crime.  But when bodies sharing the same traits and markings start showing up every month at the landfill, the head of…

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Austerlitz

In 2001, German writer, W.G. Sebald published his final novel which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.  That novel was Austerlitz – about a man looking for his family, and identity, told by an unnamed narrator. During one of his many trips to Antwerp in the 1960s, the nameless narrator haphazardly meets Austerlitz, a scholarly man with a broad…

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Far From the Madding Crowd

Before the name Everdene (spelled -deen) was popularized by a willful, bow-and-arrow-toting girl fighting against an oppressive government, it was already the name of an equally strong, spirited, and independent young woman, Bathsheba Everdene, the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd. Published anonymously in a monthly serial in 1874, Far From…

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February Book Loot

February was a good month for book shopping; I bought 13 books, 3 of which I already read. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yoshio Mishima Soul Mountain – Gao Xingjian The Children’s Book – A.S. Byatt Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago The Known World – Edward P. Jones Death and the Flower…

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Detective Story

Detective Story is a short but heavy novel written by Imre Kertesz, a Hungarian writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002. Just a little over 100 pages long, Detective Story is a letter written by Antonio Martens while currently in jail and waiting for his execution day. The novel is set in an unnamed country…

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A Handmaid’s Tale

A Handmaid’s Tale is another book I know I should have read ages ago.  I remember vaguely seeing the movie and thinking at the time that it was really strange.  Of course, at the time I didn’t know it was a novel.  It wasn’t until later when I kept seeing it on Top Sci-fi/Fantasy novel…