Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: Men Without Women

Men Without Women Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While not quite as fantastic as some of the other works, this small smart collection of stories is precious and succinct. I continue to be amazed at how Murakami draws you forward as a reader, wanting to read the next and the next page, even when seemingly so little is happening. The details are little little lamps along the road of shared humanity, familiar and encouraging, faulty and reassuring.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: King Henry VI, Part 2

King Henry VI, Part 2 King Henry VI, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have just now gotten to part 2 of the Henry VI plays. the first had amazing speeches and frickin' Joan of Arc and I thought it couldn't get any better. THAN this one's got conjurors who evoke prophetic specters, multiple beheadings, and a mad rebel named Cade who just starts to try to take over the whole country, no Empire for like no good reason then gets killed after hiding ten days without food in a hedgegrove. The language is extraordinary from the get go where pious Henry says, "O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!" I am going to make that my motto!

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