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About meI have two pet peeves about book reviews: 1) using the word "read" as a noun, as in, "a great read;" and 2) when the reviewer discusses himself more than the book, as in, "I have been meaning to read more of the classics, so I picked up this book at the used bookstore and started to read it. It is a really big book, so I had some trouble lugging it around, and some of the words were really big, so all in all, it was kind of disappointing."


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Thank you, what high praise! I'm delighted that my review would inspire anyone to read the book, it needs to be much better known than it is, I think. It seems to me to be on the same level as the great classics. (the book, not the review, lol)

When you do get around to reading it, if you write a review, I hope you'll give me a nudge to make sure I don't miss it. I just had a browse through some of your reviews and I like the way you think.
Thanks for your notes on my review of Coetzee's book. I just finished an interesting South African book -- "Sinking" by Cawood Green. (review is on this site)
Yeah, The Outsider is probably my favorite non-fiction book of all time.
I totally agree with your review about Saramago's Blindness. It felt more like an intelligently written Stephen King novel (although I haven't read Stephen King since I was about 16 years old). I much prefer pre-Blindness Saramago. And I also agree that I would point people toward Camus' The Plague rather than this. I thumbed your review.
I too wonder how religious Christians and Jews reconcile the evil and cruelty in the Bible with a benevolent God--and I've often brought up the example of God asking for the sacrifice of Isaac to religious friends. Some times I'd get a blank look as if they just never thought about such questions. Some just feel it's a mystery you must take by faith. Some Christians will say the New Testament overrides the Old--but for me that still begs the question as to why God would ever ordain the death penalty for sexual and religious transgressions. But then, you can't even intelligently ask the question if you don't read the Bible in the first place. Thanks for commenting on my review of the Bible!
Hello! Thank you so much for liking my review of Rebecca! I must say this review of mine has generated a good bit of discussion in my thread as well. I've read only one other work by Du Maurier before this one. It was a shorter fiction collection by her called Don't Look Now and Other Stories. Don't Look Now is a very good horror short story in my opinion. The other stories in the collection were okay but nothing great.

Why I felt so bad about Manderley's destruction is that how much Max must miss his old home and how keenly his second wife must feel his loss. I agree with you. It does seem like that Rebecca is a re-working of Jane Eyre. The shadow of the first wife prevents the husband from enjoying/pursuing a relationship with another woman. In both cases the woman isn't really there but she's still very much 'present' in everyone's life.
Thanks! I'm always glad to hear that I'm not the only one who isn't wowed by the latest bestseller. :)
Without knowing the least thing about The Gospel of Judas, I'd say that the significance of the number 12 predates Christianity and even The Old Testament. If I wanted to find the true significance of the number 12, I'd probably start with a book on numerology.

As far as the competence of Pagels and King -- I say never trust anybody who cites to themselves.

You said some nice things about me that I really don't deserve. But thank you for saying them anyway.

Deke Solomon
Thanks for your comment about Pelle the Conqueror - my first! Although I purchased it in 1998 (!) I've only read the first part Boyhood (the part the film was based on). I enjoyed its social realism and will get around to the reading the rest eventually. But the "problem" with working in a bookshop is that one keeps acquiring more and more books ... It appears we have the same edition, Peter Smith, 1963 in two volumes. Do yours have dust-jackets? I'd be interested to know what they look like, mine's just the green cloth. I'm not familiar with Michener's Fires of Spring - I'll look it up.

I love what you wrote about Disgrace! You are a true scholar!
I hope one day to craft words the way you do.
Thanks for your comments about the book. You have helped me with
writing a paper for my literature class.
Struggling student in NYC.
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