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review 2020-06-01 11:38
The Secrets We Kept
The Secrets We Kept - Lara Prescott

DNF @ 20%.


I am not impressed. 


The women characters are pretty vapid apart from Olga, Pasternak's muse. However, even she is so far only defined by her relationship with Pasternak.

I don't know why, but I'm really noticing how this book would fail the Bechdel test in every scene so far. 


Also, I'm not interested in the writing style. It's aggravatingly a lot like chick-lit and I also have issues with other aspects of the tone.



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review 2019-06-13 23:17
The Age of Light
The Age of Light - Whitney Scharer



I just can't.


Lee Miller deserves a better biography, even if it is a fictional one.

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text 2019-06-13 23:13
DNF @ 114 out of 375 pages.
The Age of Light - Whitney Scharer

I throw in the towel.


We have completely abandoned the historical part and any sort of character development and for the last 30 pages all we learn about is Lee's various desires for Man Ray, or really any man that reminds her of him even just a bit.


These aren't the droits I was looking for.

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text 2018-08-10 12:22
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 272 pages.
Truth and Bright Water - Thomas King

This seems to be a very similar book to Medicine River. Similar characters, similar setting, similar everything... It's ok, but I am not sure I want to stick with this one. 


Neither Medicine River nor this one seem to have the magic and pull that The Back of the Turtle had.


I also have King's Green Grass, Running Water on Mt. TBR, which seems to also be set in Medicine River and I might just sample that one before deciding whether to read it or pass.

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review 2018-06-25 20:57
The Book of Disquiet
The Book of Disquiet - Richard Zenith,Fernando Pessoa



God, this was awful. I wanted to punch that hateful little shit of a narrator/main character/Pessoa on the nose within the first ten pages of the book.

I get that the cynicism is an expression of the guy's struggle to find something to value in his life, but that doesn't make him a metaphor of the modern literary hero or indeed anything I can value. 
Apparently, a lot of people have found some deep insights in his ramblings. Good on them. To me, the narrator's (or Pessoa's??) ignorant, arrogant, disdainful stream-of-consciousness blether held more cliches than a piece of hackneyed journalism, signifying nothing. 
And if the intro to the book is correct and the MC is an alter ego of Pessoa himslef (who hadn't actually published this in his lifetime), then that is rather sad.
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