Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Sense of an EndingThe Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good book that would have been better without the tricky ending. The ending cheapened the entire book quite a bit and lessened the main character's responsibility. I would recommend all but the last few pages of the book. (3 stars)

Update from 3/2018 reread: Besides being captivated all over again by the author's amazing writing and his unreliable narrator, it seems clear to me that the entire point of the story is that there are a chain of people at fault, and the fault of the others does not negate the narrator's responsibility at all. In fact, his particular character flaws left unexamined all these years have gone on to affect the rest of his life as well. (4 or 5 stars)

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It explores some of our worst instincts in such a carefully constructed and subtle manner. The author doesn't condescend. Despite being a short book, it leaves a lot for you to think about. I snatched this book away from Kevin who was about to read it, but it would have been a perfect book club selection.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Virtual Book Club- July 2013

We're doubling down this month by reading Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, and/or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (in either English or Spanish).
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