Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Quickie Recap: Dr Orbinski has worked as the international president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), and this book recounts the political frustrations, UN-induced nightmares and personal tragedies that he's witnessed while working in Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and the like.
Quickie Review: Fucking Heart-breaking, and important.
Quickie Recommendation: Fucking yes.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Quickie Recap: Gideon, a penniless puppeteer, meets Gwen, an ambition liaison to Russia, and they fall in love, and they fall out of love.
Quickie Review: I'm still not sure what to make of this book. The arc of the relationship seems predictable, inevitable. It isn't a story about love, it's about lust-addiction-dependency-complacency-obligation-resentment-hatred. It's about sexual obsession, which was mistaken for love, a grave error with grave consequences, although ultimately I think Eberstadt punished her characters a little too strongly. However, the two worlds that clash continually was a great backdrop to the book and the author shows no mercy.
Quickie Recommendation: How many times can you read the word pussy in one sitting?