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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #795 on: December 28, 2016, 11:26:50 AM »
The Vegetarian by Han Kang

An extraordinary novel in 3 parts about opting out of familial and societal expectations and constraints. About control and obsession and desire, set in contemporary South Korea. Really good, with a very strong Marakami favour.

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« Reply #796 on: December 28, 2016, 03:26:25 PM »
Paul Beatty - The Sellout

Caustic, abrasive racial satire set in North America. Slick and witty and hilarious.

Cosign! Powerful, sad, funny... satire that evokes so many dissonant emotions.

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« Reply #797 on: January 08, 2017, 12:34:09 PM »
Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh

Great novel about a young woman who is profoundly lonely and cares for her alcoholic father, works on a boys prison and is an ace shoplifter. A sophisticated charismatic person joins the prison staff and sets off a chain of events culminating in the protagonist committing a crime and leaving town for good.

Darkly funny.
Profoundly insightful into the condition of loneliness.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #798 on: January 09, 2017, 09:24:31 AM »
The Vegetarian by Han Kang

An extraordinary novel in 3 parts about opting out of familial and societal expectations and constraints. About control and obsession and desire, set in contemporary South Korea. Really good, with a very strong Marakami favour.

Just added to my queue of books to get. I've heard it is one of the best stories about hopelessness in modern writing.
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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #799 on: January 09, 2017, 11:04:41 AM »
The Vegetarian by Han Kang

An extraordinary novel in 3 parts about opting out of familial and societal expectations and constraints. About control and obsession and desire, set in contemporary South Korea. Really good, with a very strong Marakami favour.

Just added to my queue of books to get. I've heard it is one of the best stories about hopelessness in modern writing.

Yeah. It was strongly Kafka-esque too.

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Re: Rate the last book you just read
« Reply #800 on: January 09, 2017, 07:07:45 PM »
This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things 7/10
A book on trolls by an anthropologist.
She spent considerable time amongst them and highlights the issues with trusting them, its half history and half analysis which posits that trolling is more a part of our culture and history than many would like to concede. She goes on to highlight possible strategies for dealing with trolls.
Its ok. To be honest I was somewhat surprised by the abrupt end (the book is 40℅ footnotes) and dont feel like it really said much in the end.

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« Reply #801 on: January 10, 2017, 08:54:13 AM »
This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things 7/10
A book on trolls by an anthropologist.
She spent considerable time amongst them and highlights the issues with trusting them, its half history and half analysis which posits that trolling is more a part of our culture and history than many would like to concede. She goes on to highlight possible strategies for dealing with trolls.
Its ok. To be honest I was somewhat surprised by the abrupt end (the book is 40℅ footnotes) and dont feel like it really said much in the end.

Damn.  This was on my shopping list too....
Well.  There it is.

 

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