Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Reviews

I finished a few books lately.

1. Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman. Klosterman's first novel. Hilarious but ultimately pointless. It's a weird comparison, but he's as good at sarcastic dialogue as Jane Austen. Here's a couple lines I liked.
Julia began to cry drunken, nonspecific tears that symbolized nothing beyond abstract regret. This is not uncommon behavior.
Everybody stopped talking. Journey kept coming out of the jukebox. The wheel in the sky kept on turning.

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Basically, Catcher in the Rye for girls. Very good.

3. Animal, Vegtable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (and her husband and oldest daughter.) Kingsolver and her family eat local and grow their own organics for a year. I thought it was a little cheesy at times, but good, and inspiring as far as eating well and growing your own food.

4. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. If you didn't read this before you graduated high school, don't bother.

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