Jan. 1st, 2012

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Re-read, so as to be able to write Eugénie/Louise fic as a Yuletide treat. Neither of them shows up until page 600, but who cares?

On this read, I was mostly struck by how very Romantic it is. Vampires (well, almost). Orientalism. Sex and drugs. Nature. The sea. And also how it is really not a children's book.

It took me most of December to read, which was reading time well spent, if you ask me. This will always be one of my favourites.
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Another surprise in the ABC roundabout. It's certainly widening my horizons; this is a contender (though how serious a contender I'm not sure) for the Great American Novel. Set in the early 1950s, it documents a teenager's battle to a) get through university despite his father's paranoia; and b) avoid the Korean War. If that sounds thoroughly depressing, it's because it is. I could appreciate it as a competent and convincing piece of writing, but I will probably never read it again. I think it's partly because I'm feeling guilty about not liking the narrator much...

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/10203481/

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