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Review Date: 7/19/2007
Helpful Score: 6
Better than the Da Vinci Code, I thought, and the inside look at the workings of the Vatican was fascinating.
Review Date: 9/16/2007
Well, the idiots who do the entering of info have done it again. Tiina Nunnally and Steve Murray are the translators of this book by the late Villy SÃ¸rensen of Denmark -- philosopher, literary critic, and fictioneer par excellence. If you like droll and twisted fables and parables, or Kafka and Borges -- miniatures that create a whole weird world in very few pages -- this is the book for you. We have lots of these to trade, tell your friends.
Review Date: 10/29/2011
Helpful Score: 1
Not one of Vonnegut's great ones, but has flashes of his wonderfully skewed insight.
Review Date: 9/25/2007
First of the Wessex novels. The story of beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, a fiercely independent woman who inherits a farm and decides to run it herself. She rejects a marriage proposal from Gabriel Oak, a loyal man who takes a job on her farm after losing his own in an unfortunate accident. He is forced to watch as Bathsheba mischievously flirts with her neighbor, Mr. Boldwood, unleashing a passionate obsession deep within the reserved man. But both suitors are soon eclipsed by the arrival of the dashing soldier Frank Troy, who falls in love with Bathsheba even though he's still smitten with another woman. His reckless presence at the farm drives Boldwood mad with jealousy and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leads to both murder and marriage. -- My wife loved it.
Review Date: 8/15/2012
This book was written by Andrew Brown!
Review Date: 7/20/2010
"These are fine stories from the very heart of things." --Thomas McGuane
"The stories in Grass Fires are strong, visceral, poignant, out of the lineage of Willa Cather and Sherwood Anderson, perhaps the Irish Frank O'Connor and Edna O'Brien.... The collection carries a substantial weight, but flies, a night and day bird with a unique and peculiar vision of soul and landscape." -- Jim Harrison
Review Date: 5/3/2016
The Constance Garnett translation.
Review Date: 1/9/2015
The first Quarry book I've read, and it won't be the last (although it is). Max Allan Collins has written a book that's a veritable guide to How to Write a Thriller! Don't miss it -- but probably better to read the others in the series first.
Review Date: 9/15/2007
Helpful Score: 1
I like this book a lot, and not just because my wife wrote it. It was her first mystery, starring a technical translator of Swedish and Danish parentage who gets involved in a case where the bodies start piling up all over Seattle -- all because of a stolen Danish artifact that nobody knew existed. Lots of amateur sleuth fun here, and plenty of Scandinavian lore thrown in. Don't miss the sequel, Fate of Ravens.
Review Date: 1/11/2010
Couldn't read this one, the prose was wooden. Don't know why he's a bestseller in Germany.
Review Date: 8/26/2007
I reread this last year for the first time in 45 years, and experienced the perhaps familiar feeling of meeting an old friend who has changed in the interim -- when actually I'm the one who's changed. Give Steinbeck a chance, he can write circles around most writers of today -- too bad the Salinas Public Library withdrew their support for their most famous son! --from a native Bay Area Californian who's glad he left 23 years ago...
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