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text 2015-11-16 03:22
How did I miss this?
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Remember my review of "The Goldfinch? http://carissagreen50.booklikes.com/post/1276684/the-big-book-donna-tartt-s-the-goldfinch


Turns out, Booklikes highlighted it as a featured review in their e-mail newsletter to subscribers dated October 30. Of course, I totally missed it until I was cleaning out my queue, almost two weeks later.

 

I'm honored - and I'm a little bit shamed that I don't review more often. Perhaps this is incentive. 

Thanks, Booklikes.

 

-cg

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-26 03:03
The Big Book: Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch"
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" deserves every inch of praise that has been sent its way. I know a few people who have commented that at 771 pages, they couldn't finish it, but I read it twice in two months - first over the three-day Labor Day weekend, then again more slowly through October. 

 

It has been rightly noted that "The Goldfinch" takes its place among the great Bildungsromans. The book also pays more than a nodding homage to the great Russian epics. But to my mind it also belongs in the pantheon of New York stories. Yes, there are significant side trips into the exurbs of Las Vegas and the Amsterdam underworld, but for the majority of the story the reader is steeped in a classic sampling of the places and people that make up New York City (pretty much just white people, unfortunately, but you can't do everything in one book).

 

I loved "The Goldfinch." After hearing book bloggers and podcasters rave about Tartt's "A Secret History," I do believe that my summer reading list for 2016 has its first entry. But this one will stay with me, its overall impression is that great. One scene, particularly, will probably haunt me all my days. Anyone want to sponsor my trip to The Mauritshuis so I can visit the painting?

 

-cg

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text 2015-08-30 15:48
Filling the Gaps: Nabokov's Pale Fire
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov

Every summer, I try to fill at least one hole in my literary life. This year, it was my first Nabokov. I chose "Pale Fire." I finished it this morning.

 

What the heck did I just read?

 

No, don't tell me. Let me enjoy the meta-crazy for a while . . .

 

-cg

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text 2015-08-17 03:20
Lost in a Book
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Sometimes I sit down to read a book, start to finish, or as close as possible, and get totally lost in the narrative. Seven and a half hours go by, like today, and I'm completely in another world. 

 

Time has passed. The light has changed. I'm fatigued, a little bit queasy, perhaps. Under-hydrated. Uneasy because things have happened in the world while I was completely oblivious to the world even being there. 

 

It's a great, great feeling. 

 

Thanks, Gillian Flynn. "Dark Places" was one of those books.

 

-cg

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review 2015-05-27 02:34
IT by Stephen King
It - Stephen King

So I don't think this is exactly going to end up as a review. By which I mean that normally I sit back, try to assess the good and the bad, and then attempt to write it up in a coherent fashion. Nope, this is all rambling. This is stream of consciousness. I tried to sit down and write an actual review, but I this book is just too full of feelings for that to happen. I didn't know it was going to hit me this hard this time around. 

 

I read this book in my teens. I might have been thirteen, or fifteen, I don't quite remember. What I do remember is thinking that the best part was the fact that friendship was what slayed the beast. How many stories out there are all about one person who, against all odds, fights back? This story is about how a group of friends, of outcasts brought together by fate, of completely terrified children, that believe enough in their bond to fight that evil. I still think that's my favorite part, but more than that I see how much I miss that bond. Friendship as an adult is so much harder. It comes with barriers, and judgments. Childhood friendships are so pure.

 

Look, I'm not going to lie. I all out bawled at the end of this book. That didn't happen to me the first time I read it. It might not happen to me if I read it again. But this time around it just hit home so hard. The concept of slowly forgetting who you were, of losing the special bonds that you thought would last forever, well I guess I'm just at a point in my life where that is especially true. These characters were like my best friends. I was devastated to have to let them go at the end.

 

Gah. Rambling, I know. I'm a big sappy, mushy mess right now. But damn did I love this re-read. It was what I needed right now, without knowing I needed it. It was cathartic. And I have a book hangover that might last a few days, because it's sticking with me.

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