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Julie Otsuka -When the Emperor Was Divine
This was a VERY quick read. I finished it in one night, which is nice since I haven’t actually finished a book in ages. I liked the matter of fact tone. It made the last chapter stand out since you could really feel the father’s anger.



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When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Was all right- quick read, interesting perspective, and some striking insights. But overall I didn’t feel any great connection with the characters or the situation.



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A Backward Place by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Quite a quick, light read… you can choose to ignore any political ex-pat commentary on life in India after the Empire or not… but the characters are quirky and some are likeable. Though thouse that aren’t so likeable are a bit more interesting and make for a quicker read.



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Suite francaise Irene Nermirovsky

It started very very very slowly. Very slowly. but got quite better by about half way through the book. What I found most interesting, however, were the appendices which had a series of correspondance from the Nemirovsky family at the time of her being taken into a concentration camp… a snippet of reality that spoke much more eloquently than the novel… though that was good too, by the end.



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In Her Absence Munoz

Interesting perspective into the way the mind works, especially when befuddled by a relationship. I really enjoyed the first chapter when the setting and the themes were presented with a great deal of obscurity.



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Antonio Munoz Molina – In Her Absence
Very interesting…not sure if Blanca is settling or finally appreciating what she has with Mario.



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Haim Lapid – The Crime of Writing
Well I kept reading this hoping for an exciting ending. That didn’t happen. The author gives away the secret pretty early on with all his clues.



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The Historian Elizabeth Kostova

Intriguing, if slightly annoying with its myriad coincidences, with an altogether predictable and unsatisfying ending.



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Deafening Fracis Itani

Was okay… the first part (in their youth) was a bit slow, but once the book got moving then it was quite captivating.



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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Much much much better than I imagined this could be. I first wanted to read it because I knew a guy who had only eve read one book in his life, this one, and he felt that that was all he needed in life.

I’m not sure that I agree with that line of thinking, but it certainly builds up the book. And, I felt, it definitely met expectations. A brilliant allegory with a numbero f thoguht avenues to explore. Hurrah!




 

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