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Fateless
Fateless
by Imre Kertesz
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking, Jan. 25 2004
This review is from: Fateless (Paperback)
This book, although morbid (let's face it, it's about the Holocaust) is spellbinding. The perspective and the conclusions drawn regarding the Holocaust are unexpected and profound. A short, beautiful read.

The Red Tent: A Novel
The Red Tent: A Novel
by Anita Diamant
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feast & Famine for the Soul, March 19 2003
This review is from: The Red Tent: A Novel (Hardcover)
This book is for you if you are female, Jewish (not required, but probably helpful, or else very interested in Biblical history), and if you have ever had your heart broken. This book will wring you out and stand you back up again. Sobering and inspiring at the same time.

Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love
Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love
by Oscar Hijuelos
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, March 19 2003
After I read this book, I immediately read all of Hijuelos' other books; this one remains the best of them all. It is absolutely riveting, spell-binding, fascinating, entertaining, and VERY erotic (be warned about that if that sort of thing is not for you because it's intense and extremely descriptive, also beautiful, and some of the best erotic text I've ever read). This book is as rythmic and melodious as the music from which it draws its inspiration. If I could do it over, I almost wouldn't read this book first, because to me the rest of Hijuelos' are a bit of a let-down in comparison, and patterns in his themes begin to become apparent that make them less enjoyable (although reading it first is a good thing for not knowing about the patterns)....Great Book!

Toys: Original Soundtrack
Toys: Original Soundtrack
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magical, March 19 2003
I bought this album primarily for the theme/Christmas song "The Closing of the Year," which is a classic. The rest of the soundtrack is enjoyable as well; it doesn't rely totally on having watched the movie, although that is helpful. If you liked The Fifth Element soundtrack, this one is similar in a couple of areas, including a moving soprano solo and stirring instrumentals.

Not Always So: Practicing  The True Spirit Of Zen
Not Always So: Practicing The True Spirit Of Zen
by Shunryu Suzuki
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Correction, Dec 26 2002
The prequel to this book is Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. I mentioned it improperly in my previous review.

The Essential Rumi - Reissue: New Expanded Edition
The Essential Rumi - Reissue: New Expanded Edition
by Coleman Barks
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation in Book Form, Dec 26 2002
One does not read this book lightly. Reading the words of Rumi is like meditation in the form of a book. Beautiful, capable of multiple meanings depending on your need, but also of those intended. Essential for anyone interested in poetry or philosophy, God or love, and all of the above.

Not Always So: Practicing  The True Spirit Of Zen
Not Always So: Practicing The True Spirit Of Zen
by Shunryu Suzuki
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel better than Sequel, Dec 26 2002
Although I could not fail to enjoy anything collected from the speeches and writings of Suzuki, this book was not as meaningful to me as the first book for which it is the sequel, Zen Mind, Beautiful Mind. It repeats itself more, but there is still much to be learned from it. It seems to contain more of Suzuki's humor than the first book, and has a casual feel as it is taken from his in-person lectures.

Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting
Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting
by Professor Richard Barnhart
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Review, Dec 26 2002
This book cannot be avoided if you are studying Chinese art history, however, since each section is written by a different author, the result is not homogeneous in quality, readability, or helpfulness. It's a nice resource for images of Chinese painting you might not otherwise find elsewhere. Which chapter you prefer will vary according to which author's style you prefer. The book does provide a sort of timeline of Chinese painting from its origins until the Qing dynasty, however since each chapter is whole unto itself, there is a gap in continuity from one section to the next.

World Of Art Series Art Of Tibet
World Of Art Series Art Of Tibet
by Robert E Fisher
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very abbreviated survey text., June 2 2002
My main disappointment with this book is that "Art of Tibet" really turns out to mean "Buddhist Art of Tibet". Perhaps one page is spent addressing the art and culture of Tibet prior to the introduction of Buddhism. This is a very brief survey book good to have as a reference for the most well-known pieces but not able to stand alone if you need more detail. I would recommend it as an introductory book, and advise seeking others if the topic interests you.

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