Friday, February 15, 2013

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

Be careful! Royal Botanical Gardens, Hobart. January 2013.

The Violin of Auschwitz, Maria Àngels Anglada: An engaging story, but a little too much telling and not enough showing. Even through Auschwitz is ingrained into the popular memory, there is a distinct lack of place. D.

Arrival and Departure, Arthur Koestler: The third novel of a loosely-related trilogy that explores the conflict between morality and expediency and the ruptures that this conflict brings in the context of one's own nature and ideological standpoint. If you can suppress the urge to toss it aside through some extremely dubious thoughts on sexual consent and seduction, it's a great exploration of a tricky subject. B+.

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