books #7, 8, & 9: billy lynn’s long halftime walk, the golden compass, and the glass castle
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books #7, 8, & 9: billy lynn’s long halftime walk, the golden compass, and the glass castle

#7 billy lynn’s long halftime walk by ben fountain ‘billy lynn’s long halftime walk’ tells the story of a soldier returning from iraq to be honored with his squadmates at a dallas cowboys thanksgiving halftime show for their heroic victory in a counterinsurgency operation. this book is often compared to catch 22, and while the … Continue reading

book #3: red sorghum by mo yan
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book #3: red sorghum by mo yan

very far behind in writing about the books i’m reading, but still steadily making my way through (hopefully) 52 books this year. ‘red sorghum’ is a tricky novel. originally written in chinese, the translation by howard goldblatt indicates an author with a relentless imagination, an accessible yet absurd sense of humor, an occasionally overwhelming richness … Continue reading

book #1: state of wonder by ann patchett
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book #1: state of wonder by ann patchett

patchett’s sixth novel is reminiscent of joseph conrad’s ‘heart of darkness’. both involve expeditions into all but untouched regions of the world to discover the whereabouts and activities of a mysterious charismatic figure. ‘heart of darkness’ dealing with the enigmatic trading agent kurtz in the congo and ‘state of wonder’ centered on the zealous researcher … Continue reading