The Body Artist, by Don DeLillo

Novella ghost story. Unknown. Depressed. Invisible. See. Wish.   My favorite lines:  "She framed his face in her hands, looking into him straight-on. What did it mean, the first time a thinking creature looked deeply into another's eyes? Did it take a hundred thousand years before this happened or was it the first thing they … Continue reading The Body Artist, by Don DeLillo

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Point Omega, by Don DeLillo

At face value, this short 117 page novella is about a filmmaker and his hopeful subject (a retired professor and military/government thinker) at the professor's Southern California desert home. This main story arc is nestled between an opening and ending narrative (titled "Anonymity" and "Anonymity 2") that take place in a gallery showing '24 Hour … Continue reading Point Omega, by Don DeLillo

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

The Name of the Rose is one of my new favourite books! This page turner was a fascinating combination of murder mystery, postmodernism, gothic fiction, historical fiction, philosophy/semiotics, as well as an homage to Borges (labyrinths and mirrors, mysterious texts, a blind librarian names Jorge de Burgos). This book kept me on edge; I regretted … Continue reading The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco

The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolaño

I don't know what to say about this book- I loved the multiple narration/non-linear storyline, and felt like the reader got several great short stories in the book about writing, creation, travel, searching, and heartache. There were so many great characters- even one who represents the author. I loved Part 1, which was written in … Continue reading The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolaño

Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges

Amazing. Almost all of these stories (except 3) were in Labyrinths so I've read them before. But it was definitely time for a reread since I had read Labyrinths in college almost 12 years ago. Unlike that collection of fiction and essays, this collection is only fiction. Borges is an amazing storyteller, leaving you astounded … Continue reading Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges