The Rhapsodies

The Book Rhapsodies, or book write-ups/book reviews, in alphabetical order:

Title and Author Year Reviewed Rating

. . . . . 0-9 . . . . .

1984 by George Orwell 2011 4/5
2666 by Roberto Bolaño 2013 4/5
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 2012 4/5

. . . . . A . . . . .

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner 2012 4/5
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 2011 3/5
After the Birthday Party 2012 5/5
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton 2012 2/5
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon 2013 4/5
Animal Farm by George Orwell 2011 5/5
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 2012 4/5
The Art of Fiction by Ayn Rand 2011 4/5
Atonement by Ian McEwan 2012 5/5

. . . . . B . . . . .

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg 2011 3/5
The Bell Jar 2012 4/5
Beloved by Toni Morrison 2011 3/5
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain 2015 5/5
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell 2012 5/5
Blindness by José Saramago 2011 5/5
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 2013 5/5
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 2012 3/5
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 2012 4/5
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz 2011 4/5

. . . . . C . . . . .

Candide by Voltaire 2011 2/5
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 2011 3/5
Cathedral by Raymond Carver 2015 5/5
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 2013 3/5
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott 2012 1/5
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 2012 5/5
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 2011 4/5
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon 2011 1/5

. . . . . D . . . . .

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler 2012 3/5
Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez 2013 2/5
Death at Intervals by José Saramago 2011 5/5
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather 2012 4/5
A Death in the Family by James Agee 2014 4/5
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen 2013 4/5
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee 2011 2/5
Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith 2015 3/5
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris 2011 4/5

. . . . . E . . . . .

Empire Falls by Richard Russo 2011 3/5
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 2013 2/5
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman 2015 4/5

. . . . . F . . . . .

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 2013 3/5
Fatelessness by Imre Kertész 2012 5/5
The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness 2013 4/5
The Food of the Gods by H. G. Wells 2011 3/5
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 2012 4/5

. . . . . G . . . . .

The Gathering by Anne Enright 2012 4/5
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 2013 5/5
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell 2012 5/5
The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza 2012 4/5
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 2015 3/5
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 2011 3/5
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler 2011 4/5
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago 2012 5/5
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 2012 4/5
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 2015 4/5
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 2012 3/5

. . . . . H . . . . .

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 2011 5/5
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 2011 3/5
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 2012 2/5
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 2012 4/5
Home by Marilynne Robinson 2012 5/5
The Hours by Michael Cunningham 2011 5/5
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson 2013 5/5
How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco 2011 4/5
Hunger by Knut Hamsun 2012 5/5

. . . . . I . . . . .

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 2012 4/5
Independence Day by Richard Ford 2011 2/5
Independent People by Halldór Laxness 2012 5/5
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 2011 5/5
Ironweed by William Kennedy 2012 4/5

. . . . . J . . . . .

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 2012 5/5

. . . . . K . . . . .

The Known World by Edward P. Jones 2012 5/5

. . . . . L . . . . .

The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller 2012 4/5
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst 2012 5/5
Lord of the Flies by William Golding 2011 5/5
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro 2014 4/5
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos 2015 1/5
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan 2012 3/5

. . . . . M . . . . .

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos 2011 1/5
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser 2011 2/5
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 2011 4/5
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 2011 5/5
Middlemarch by George Eliot 2015 5/5
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 2011 4/5
Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn 2012 3/5
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem 2012 5/5
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk 2012 4/5
Mysteries by Knut Hamsun 2013 5/5
Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim 2011 5/5
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton 2012 4/5

. . . . . N . . . . .

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool 2015 3/5
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 2011 5/5
No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez 2013 4/5
Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal 2012 4/5

. . . . . O . . . . .

Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald 2012 3/5
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 2011 3/5
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 2012 3/5
The Once and Future King by T. H. White 2011 3/5
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 2012 4/5

. . . . . P . . . . .

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 2013 2/5
The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek 2012 5/5
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion 2013 5/5
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 2012 3/5
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce 2012 1/5
Possession by A. S. Byatt 2012 4/5

. . . . . Q . . . . .

. . . . . R . . . . .

Rabbit, Run by John Updike 2015 3/5
Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow 2012 3/5
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 2013 3/5
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 2012 5/5
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 2013 5/5
The Road by Cormac McCarthy 2011 5/5

. . . . . S . . . . .

The Sea by John Banville 2011 4/5
The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad 2011 2/5
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 2013 5/5
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 2011 3/5
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx 2011 4/5
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse 2011 3/5
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood 2012 4/5
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 2012 4/5
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F. H. Batacan 2013 2/5
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder 2011 4/5
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 2011 4/5
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 2015 4/5
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever 2011 5/5
The Stranger by Albert Camus 2012 3/5

. . . . . T . . . . .

Tenth of December by George Saunders 2015 5/5
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 2011 2/5
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 2015 1/5
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz 2013 4/5
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley 2011 4/5
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell 2012 5/5
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass 2013 2/5
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 2011 5/5
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 2014 5/5
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 2012 1/5
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda 2013 5/5

. . . . . U . . . . .

Ulverton by Adam Thorpe 2013 4/5
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera 2011 5/5

. . . . . V . . . . .

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 2012 5/5
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 2012 4/5

. . . . . W . . . . .

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett 2012 3/5
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 2012 4/5
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver 2013 5/5
White Noise by Don DeLillo 2011 4/5
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga 2012 4/5
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 2011 4/5

. . . . . X . . . . .

. . . . . Y . . . . .

. . . . . Z . . . . .

Review Backlog:

  • 2015:
  1. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (TFG Book of the Month)
  2. Inverted World by Christopher Priest
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (TFG Book of the Month)
  4. Ubik by Philip K. Dick (TFG Book of the Month)
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Monstress by Lysley Tenorio (The Short Story Station)
  7. October Light by John Gardner
  8. The Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee (The Short Story Station)
  9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (TFG Book of the Month)
  10. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  11. Drown by Junot Díaz (The Short Story Station)
  • 2014:
  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  3. A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
  4. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  5. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  6. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. The Stories So Far by Jessica Zafra
  10. The City and the City by China Miéville
  11. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  12. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  13. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
  14. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  15. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
  16. The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
  17. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  18. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  19. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  20. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  21. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  22. The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
  23. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  24. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  25. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  26. Dwellers by Eliza Victoria
  27. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  28. Richard II by William Shakespeare
  29. The Bibliophile’s Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics by Hallie Ephron
  30. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • 2013:
  1. There Is a Balm in Gilead: Our Memories of Hope
  2. A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  6. Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis
  7. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
  11. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  12. Steps by Jerzy Kozinski
  13. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  14. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
  15. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  16. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  17. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  18. The Homecoming by Harold Pinter
  19. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  21. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
  22. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  23. Small Memories by Jose Saramago
  24. Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  25. Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
  26. Short Cuts by Raymond Carver
  27. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  28. The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing
  29. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  30. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  31. Max and the Cats by Moacyr Scliar
  32. The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
  33. How Fiction Works by James Wood
  • 2012:
  1. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  2. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
  3. Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
  4. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. Number9Dream by David Mitchell
  7. The Book Group Book by Ellen Slezak
  8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  10. The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
  11. The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  12. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  13. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
  14. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  15. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  16. Last Orders by Graham Swift
  • 2011:
  1. The Master by Colm Toibin
  2. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  4. Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  5. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  6. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
  7. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  9. Deliverance by James Dickey
  10. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  11. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  12. Atomised by Michel Houellebecq
  13. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  14. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  15. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  16. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  17. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  18. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

4 comments

  1. Hi Angus,

    I came across your blog and I was wondering if you will be interested in reviewing the book of a Danish crime writer Inger Wolf who has just released her first novel as an e-book in English. We will be pleased if you can consider it for a review, if you are interested we are more than happy to send you a free copy in whatever format you like (PDF, EPUB, MOBI).

    Author: Inger Wolf
    Title: Evil Water
    Genre: Crime/Mystery
    Format: E-book
    Synopsis: Two women disappear without a trace, and the same autumn a farmer on the outskirts of Århus finds them murdered in suitcases under a heap of stone. The skin of one woman is filled with the letter Y and the other has a rare flower in her hair. Inspector Daniel Trokic is leading the case which goes in several directions: to a tribal population in Africa, religious insanity and a horrifying meeting with leeches. When a third woman disappears, Trokic is under pressure to find out what the killer wants to say with his macabre scenery and rituals.

    You can find more information about Inger Wolf on her website http://www.ingerwolf.com.

    Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Water-ebook/dp/B00AP6AMRA/ref=tag_stp_s2f_edpp_scandi22es

    Thank you for your time. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,
    Melanie Navarro
    Black Cat Edition
    melanie@blackcatedition.dk

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