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Arion and the Dolphin
Arion and the Dolphin
by Vikram Seth
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of print? Aaargh!, July 1 2004
This review is from: Arion and the Dolphin (Hardcover)
Beg, borrow or steal this from someone and read it. Truly a beautiful tale, told in Seth's unique verse.

The Golden Gate
The Golden Gate
by Vikram Seth
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, touching and brilliant, July 1 2004
This review is from: The Golden Gate (Paperback)
The first page always reminds me of the Paul Simon song, "Call me Al". If that's not enough to hook you, I don't know what is. =)

Jitterbug Perfume
Jitterbug Perfume
by Tom Robbins
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, July 1 2004
This review is from: Jitterbug Perfume (Paperback)
If you have a keen sense of smell, you'll really appreciate this tale as it follows the trail of a bottle of jasmine-scented perfume down through the ages... or even if you don't, this is Robbins on form yet again. The Roman god Pan makes a cameo in this one. =)

Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
by Tom Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbins in the Amazon, July 1 2004
Robbins is right on form with this one! My only criticism is that his protagonist is an anarchist CIA agent with child-molesting tendencies. Which is, of course, ridiculous. Anarchists are far too moral to be CIA agents.

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
by Tom Robbins
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Robbins' worst, July 1 2004
I'm sorry, but I'm a big Tom Robbins fan and this book was just terrible. After all the hilarious religious commentary in his other books, it just seemed silly.

Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant prose, July 1 2004
The "Dr. Pirzadeh" story is the best of this collection; it tells the story of the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence from Pakistan from the perspective of an emigrant listening to the news in the evenings. Very touching. The other stories are all very well told.

The Glass Palace: A Novel
The Glass Palace: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosh's story of Burma and the British, July 1 2004
This book reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, "One hundred years of solitude". Except, of course, that it's set in Burma, and traces the period of British rule through the eyes of a young Bengali immigrant. Ghosh's prose is stunning as always.

The Hidden Book In The Bible
The Hidden Book In The Bible
by Richard Elliott Friedman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Controversial, but fascinating, July 1 2004
If you read Harold Bloom's "The Book Of J", you need to buy this.
The scholarly consensus over most of the past century was that the oldest Biblical stories were from the Yahwist (or "J") source. However, Friedman makes a pretty convincing argument that the J source and another Biblical source, the "Court History of David" were written by the same person. Of course, this means that J is much more recent than previously thought, since it could not pre-date the reign of Solomon (with whom the Court History ends).

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked by the first line..., July 1 2004
The best first line every written in any novel. Read it and see. =)

Brick Lane: A Novel
Brick Lane: A Novel
by Monica Ali
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed good, but sections are atrocious, July 1 2004
This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Paperback)
The main story, told from the perspective of a Bangladeshi immigrant in London, is wonderfully written. Unfortunately, the other big thread of the narrative is told through the letters of her sister back in Bangladesh, who is supposedly uneducated; and to convey this, the author unwisely chose to have these "letters" written in a horrible, unreadable broken English (it felt almost along the lines of "me tarzan, you jane" at times). These sections were so unreadable, in fact, that I was unable to finish this book. A pity... the London bits are truly beautiful prose, but averaged out to a 3 due to the awful broken English letters.

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