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A Guy's Moleskine Notebook

Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • August 30, 2006

     

    Biting Prose

    It is not until I've read half way through the book do I get into White Teeth. I have about 45 pages to go and this would conclude my summer reading challenge--one book every week between June 1 and August 31 with a goal of 12. This would be my 13th. Yay. From White Teeth, p.381:

    "Deluded. Regressive. We are so convinced of the goodness of ourselves, and the goodness of our love, we cannot bear to believe that there might be something more worthy of love than us, more worthy of worship. Greetings cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water. Not everybody deserves love all the time."

    Isn't the prose biting and arresting? Full review coming soon.

    3 Comments:

    Blogger cipriano said...

    She's good, huh Matt?
    As you know, I read On Beauty, recently.
    A recent TIME magazine had an article entitled "Who's The Voice of This Generation?" [July 10th issue] and for THIS current generation they listed four choices.
    1. Zadie Smith.
    2. Jonathan Safran Foer.
    3. Jhumpa Lahiri.
    4. Gary Shteyngart.

    I haven't read these other authors. So I can't say.
    But it just shows me that I have a lot of reading to do.
    Your own current objective is ambitious.
    And you are succeeding at it.
    All the best to you.
    Look forward to your review[s].
    -- Cip

    8/30/2006 7:42 PM  
    Blogger Matt said...

    Yeah she's talented, what a new voice in fiction. Do you like On Beauty? I was at Borders yesterday and saw the trade paperback was out. I'm thinking about it.

    Jonathan Safran Foer wrote Everything is Illuminated. My copy is still sitting somewhere around the house--I didn't finish it because I couldn't get into the book.

    Jhumpa Lahiri wrote The Namesake and a collection of short stories under the title The Interpretation of Maladies--they are up the bar of Zadie Smith.

    I have never heard of Gary Shteyngart--it's time to go scour the bookstore again! :)

    Happy reading Cip!

    8/31/2006 6:08 AM  
    Anonymous iliana said...

    Congrats on completing your challenge Matt! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on White Teeth. I haven't read it but it's one of those that's lingering on my TBR list.

    8/31/2006 6:21 AM  

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