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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us

Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Shanghai Girls

annpepper20, March 25, 2010

I don't understand the infatuation with this book. I found it boring. Yes, it was good to learn a bit about Chinese History, and Chinese American history in Los Angeles, but See's decision to tell the story in first person, present tense seemed to just suck the emotional strength from the book. Scenes which should have felt harrowing - the Japanese bombing of Shanghai for example, felt distant and out of touch. More than that, the characters and their choices did not feel either believable or even interesting. Though I know See believes she has gone deep into the relationship between sisters, I thought the relationships were superficial, failing to get to the root of their conflict until the end, and then that end was swept away into one of those Ferry God Mother kind of wrappings that you hope authors wont do, but unfortunately tend to do anyway. Blahhhhhh......
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The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
The Crying Tree

annpepper20, January 9, 2010

Best book of the decade - get this author those boots!
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