White Noise - Don Delillo
"A book so post-modern it disappeared up its own behind."
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khalid Hosseini
"Same as kite runner but still beautifully moving and tragic."
L: 4 B:3.5
The First Third - Neal Cassady
B: "Interesting journey into Neal's childhood and pysche. Lots of sex."
L: "Should never have been published. I repeat, never been published."
N.B: Brendan has looked for this book for 10 years. Lavinia has never read it.
My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
"Intriguing and brilliant coming-of-age/artistic discovery of NYC Hasidic Jew."
L: 5 B: 5
All the Pretty Horses - Cormac Mcarthy
"Sparse, beautiful writing. Country and characters raw, honest, flawed. Perfect."
L: 5 B:5
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
"Race conscious and racist simultaneously. Lavinia was perfect as Huck."
L: 4 B: 3.5
America's Best Political Writing - Various
"Great year for it. Eulogies for Republicans, bouquets for Obama".
L: 4 B:4
Aura - Carlos Fuentes
"Rubbish misguided ghost story. Don't bother. Mexico has better writers."
L: 1 B: 0.5
Occassion for Loving - Nadine Gordimer
"Admirable achievement to create all-round awful characters yet good book."
L: 3 B: 3
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
"Stunning voices, frustrating, tragic story. Palpable with sorrow and despair."
L: 4 B: 4.5
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Knock all the women's heads together and all the bloody men too."
(Brendan opted out as has read it twice already. Would have given 5)
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Fitzgerald
"Captures pathetic mundane, muddy reality of civil war. But boring."
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
"Fascinating insights into social behaviour. Draws extremely long bows though."
B: 3.5 L: threw across room after three pages (v. rude considering not our copy of book)
Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
"Interesting ideas. Not sure why read after all these years."
L: 2.5 B: 2.5
Change We Can Believe In - Obama for America
"Best speech on race ever given. Great policy prescriptions. Infatuated."
B: 4 L: threw across room after three pages (she thinks ok considering our copy of book. Brendan disagrees vehemently. Lavinia replies that idolisation is a sin.)