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Old 06-01-2011, 01:56 PM   #1681
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Well-written and a lot of the social commentary transfers very effectively into the present. However, parts of the book were painfully dull. Good overall message for people to think about in the context of their lives with meditations on materialism, education, etc.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:54 PM   #1682
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I love going to the bookstore. I just bought Candide, On The Road, and Motorcycle Diaries. It took me. Solid hour to choose what to buy lol.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #1683
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I bought Walden for 45 cents a couple of weeks ago. I am gonna finish Raymond Queneau's Exercise de Style, and Thomas Friedman's Thr Lexus and The Olive Tree in the next couple of days. Michael J. Fox's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Future was a cute book. I didn't love it or hate it. It was a quick read, which is a plus.
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So far, it's great. Can't wait to get deeper into it.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #1685
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Story about a young man struggling with his ideals of manhood and relationship with God during a polio epidemic in 1944. Quick and easy read. It was good but Roth has better novels.

I see some influence in his writing by Steinbeck which could be a reason why I like him so much.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:17 PM   #1686
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Very informative but I find myself constantly tripping over words. The authors use the scientific names for animals, many foreign scientists with difficult names are mentioned, and overall many scientific terms I've never heard of or understand that make me re-read sentences.

But, you get the idea, and I can pick out the information I'm looking for.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:22 PM   #1687
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Story about a young man struggling with his ideals of manhood and relationship with God during a polio epidemic in 1944. Quick and easy read. It was good but Roth has better novels.

I see some influence in his writing by Steinbeck which could be a reason why I like him so much.

I like Roth alot myself, although I have only read goodbye columbus and portnoy's complaint.

He's really the pioneer in that jewish american literacy that's very prominent in books and other mediums with guys like Larry David and Woody Allen. Alot of times when I read Portnoy's complaint it's Woody Allen's voice in my head
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:26 PM   #1688
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I had a slight Roth run in high school. I was big on "My Life As A Man" and "The Professor of Desire".
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:40 PM   #1689
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My favorite Roth is American Pastoral. One of my favorite books of all-time.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #1690
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craig ferguson-american on purpose.

i really hate biographies, and especially autobiographies, but i love craig ferguson and this is a really easy book to read if you like the guy. he uses too many adverbs at times, but he's still amusing and one of the funniest and most interesting people in showbiz.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:00 PM   #1691
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Suicide Girls in the Afterlife by Gina Ranalli - 8/10




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My third time reading it. Very unique play and actually very funny because of the absurd nature of it. It epitmozes to me the underlying absurdity to our lives. Its very interesting to approach it from different angles.
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So far, it's great. Can't wait to get deeper into it.
Just finished this. Wow. I've read tons and tons of books in my life, and I can honestly say this may be the best book I've ever read. It provoked more emotion out of me than any other book I've read. What an incredible story, but what an incredibly sad one.

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You finish this yet? I've really slowed down on reading in the last couple of months, gonna start with David Copperfield now. Only read excerpts of it before, lot of people consider this his greatest novel (though in academic circles they favor Bleak House).

This ISH bookclub still active brahs?
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