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Peeking Over My Shoulder

Miscellaneous quotes from current reads or past faves, as well as to-reads culled from friends' recommendations, blogs, podcasts, etc. A running answer to the question: "What're you reading?"

Currently reading

The Dante Club
Matthew Pearl
The Famished Road
Ben Okri
Kingdom Come
J.G. Ballard
The City and the City
China Miéville
Open City: A Novel
Teju Cole
The Slippage: A Novel
Ben Greenman
Please Step Back
Ben Greenman
Blindness / Seeing
José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator), Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Voices (Annals of the Western Shore, #2)

Voices (Annals of the Western Shore, #2) - Ursula K. Le Guin I'm enjoying Le Guin's writing style - it's been many years since I've read anything by her. She has a wonderful ear for words and for names of people/places, producing almost lyrical passages.However, I find it unacceptable in a story rated as young adult and targeted to the '11 and up' crowd, to have such explicit and multiple mentions of rape in the story. Such mentions are critical to explain the main character's environment and personality, but there are ways of alluding to such things in a way that a child reader who doesn't know of such things doesn't have to learn about them in such a blunt and direct way. Other readers will certainly get the idea.