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Katsuya has commented on (22) products.

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
Inherent Vice

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

I really enjoyed this book and think that anyone who likes Elmore Leonard or Raymond Chandler would find this book a blast. It also could be the book for all of you interested in social history; with a need to find out what caused something to turn from a dream into now a nightmare.
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Monsieur Proust's Library by Anka Muhlstein
Monsieur Proust's Library

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

Recommended to any fans of Proust, or those who are embarking on their first read of the Recherche. Muhlstein offers an introduction of the major characters from the novel in the beginning of her book. Some major plot points are given away in these character sketches, and, given that she contextualizes the quotes from the Recherche rather well throughout.
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Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
Henderson the Rain King

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

For those who want to get into the work of Saul Bellow, this is perhaps one of his most accessible novels. I highly recommend this novel for anyone wanting to gain access into Bellow without having first to take a course in the philosophy of ancient scholars. This is Bellow at his most accessible and most powerful. I strongly encourage you to savor this great and highly original novel.
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By Blood by Ellen Ullman
By Blood

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

Again a random pick from our local library. This novel has a great structure and follows three person's stories of revelation and inner turmoil. This literally was a book that was hard to put down. The writing is very readable and direct. It heads off in directions totally unexpected that kept me turning the pages to see what would come next. I did find the ending somewhat abrupt. It was almost as if Ullman got bored with it. I do recommend this for everyone.
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

I was a huge fan of Ben Fountain's short story collection Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, so I was eagerly anticipating his first novel. The novel focuses on one of the author's favorite themes - innocents serving as the pawns for power players in the world of politics. The writing on every page is dazzling, and his gift at description, character building and lyricism are so jaw-droppingly good I found myself highlighting section after section until I stopped because I would have highlighted the whole book.Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. The story is heartbreaking and penetrating and feels, ultimately, too true.
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