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The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Vintage Classics)
The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea (Vintage Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 30 April 2017
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I have recently been reading Japenense literature and this is another gem. A sailor becomes involved with a mother and her son and this tale is a mix of a love story with elements of Lord of the Flies. I had to keep reminding myself that the book was written in the 1970s as it had not aged.


Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics)
Butcher's Crossing (Vintage Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master piece set in the old American West, 30 April 2017
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Brilliant as ever. A coming of age story set in the old west told by a master. John Williams produced three great works of literature but is almost forgotten.


Blindness (Vintage Classics)
Blindness (Vintage Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and a lesson in human nature, 30 April 2017
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The more of Jose Saramago's work I read the more I love them. This one is not as difficult a read as others and it was an intriguing tale of how the modern world can collapse when people start going blind. The blind are rounded up and quarantined with the first part of the book a tale of how the survivors cope left on their own and locked away.


A Strangeness in My Mind
A Strangeness in My Mind
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some great incites, 30 April 2017
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A tale of Turkey with some great cultural background and incites. The tale of the marriage was a master piece in suspense. However, as the novel progresses it looses its novelty and zest to become more plodding.


The Emigrants
The Emigrants
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong in places, 30 April 2017
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This review is from: The Emigrants (Kindle Edition)
Integrated stories only work well when each story is of equal interest and quality. That was not the case here so the book never really built to be stronger than the combination of its parts.


One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez 2014)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My second reading in 30 years and it has not aged, 30 April 2017
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A timeless classic which all should ready. The comedy in it is outstanding. I bought it on the kindle so I could re-read it after 30 years and it is still as good. Hopefully I can ready it in another 30.


Bloodlines
Bloodlines
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 30 April 2017
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An okay story but it lacked depth as the family grew older. A really interesting start though.


Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia

1.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, 30 April 2017
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I was hoping for a great southern novel with strong characters portraying the culture of the deep south. Unfortunately I was disappointed with a sequence of events rather than a great story. They characters were wooden and it did not keep my attention.


In the Beginning Was the Sea (Pushkin Collection)
In the Beginning Was the Sea (Pushkin Collection)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start but run out of steam a bit towards the end, 3 Jan. 2017
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Interest concept about a young couple moving to live on an island. Started well but did not maintain its excellent start on the island


Signs Preceding the End of the World
Signs Preceding the End of the World
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but too short, 3 Jan. 2017
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Excellent novel which i really enjoyed with my main criticism being the shortness of the story - I wanted more. Elements of mysticism juxtaposed with harsh realism.


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