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All articles tagged "Thirty-Second Book Reviews"

Thirty-Second Book Reviews #4: The Little Prince

(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943)

This third-best-selling book of all time, ostensibly a children's story, is a short, pleasantly illustrated (by the author himself, no less) tale about the fantastic interplanetary travel of a young prince.

...ostensibly.

In reality, it is the most goddamn fucking French existential-crisis shit that's ...

Thirty-Second Book Reviews #3: Dune

(Frank Herbert, 1965)

Every semi-likable character dies for no reason so that the eminently forgettable ones can do eminently forgettable things, but you won't even care because the scope and depth of the creation and description of the eponymous planet and its native people are staggering.

After I read ...

Thirty-Second Book Reviews #2: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

(Haruki Murakami, 1985)

A man known only by his profession as a "Calcutec," whose consciousness has been altered to allow him to mentally apply a truly unbreakable encryption to data, has a shocking fate revealed to him while savage thugs seek the information in his head. Meanwhile, at the End ...

Thirty-Second Book Reviews #1: Norwegian Wood

(Haruki Murakami, 1987)

College student Toru Watanabe gives monosyllabic responses to exceedingly long-winded stories told by the women in his life while somehow-critically-acclaimed descriptions of late-1960s Japanese culture remain little more than characters' mental footnotes. After some 250 pages of this, roughly 50 pages' worth of interesting story progression occurs ...