Posts Published by Will A

The Cat’s Table

Reading Michael Ondaatje always gives me the feeling that there’s something I am not quite getting, maybe because he won’t let me. His latest novel, The Cat’s Table, is no exception. This story about an…

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The Hunger Games? Please.

I don’t read young-adult fiction. It’s just so beneath me. I only read big, important books because I am so intellectual. The Hunger Games? Yeah, I’ve heard of it. A modern gladiator tale about teenagers…

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The Leftovers

Tom Perrotta was edgy with Election, spooky with Little Children, and wry with The Abstinence Teacher With his latest, The Leftovers, he’s, um, well he’s trying, I guess. What is good about The Leftovers is…

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The End of Alice

Sometimes, artists compensate for a lack of something by going straight for the jugular with a toxic dose of shocking value — the idea being, I guess, that if they choose that route, you won?t…

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Blast from the Past

Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty was as much a part of my childhood as were ?Sesame Street? and parental concern about pesticides on apples. I decided to re-read it recently and in doing so discovered why…

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The Imperfectionists

An air of sadness pervades Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists, his debut novel about an international paper based in Rome. It’s a sadness like faded newsprint (or even an industry itself) and it gives the novel…

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Hate: A Romance

It seems Tristan Garcia never met an extremism he didn’t like. His novel Hate: A Romance lunges into so many thorny issues it scrapes the surface of them all and, somehow, escapes clean of any…

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The Hours

I should begin this review by telling you what I didn't like about Michael Cunningham's The Hours. That way, I can spend the rest of it extolling this book's virtues without you thinking I'm a…

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Bad Marie

The sighing started about a third of the way into Marcy Dermansky's Bad Marie. What's that now? A fresh-from-prison nanny has nabbed her employer's husband and toddler and is off to France? Okay, if you…

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