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Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 17%.
way too racist to get any further into :/ v low quality anyways

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

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wow i can't tell if it was more funny or more depressing. welcome to the mind of a revolting little englishman! 

v funny for me bcz i forgot that of course the enemy of a spy novel of this time is those evil commies. the existential crisis bond has after he's survived the cock & ball torture (heavy on the torture) is also answered in the most funny way. "what are we really? the dogs of our respective nation's militaries?" and the answer being: "well. I'M choosing to be a dog & YOU are forced to be by an evil organization. so🙄"
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick

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damn it! philip!!!

maybe not the best choice for my first pkd novel, his prose leaves something to be desired, but the amphetamine effect really works well for the paranoia in this one. & at this point like, yeah where palmer eldritch, bro we've been waiting on you since 2016AD according to this lol!
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa

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wow!!! & i was so surprised that this came after the memory police, the current of memory in her work, but it makes sense in hindsight. lovely especially for math lovers <3 ohhh i love a story that's just abt the dignity & beauty of our simple little lives
We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir by Raja Shehadeh

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heartbreaking w hindsight. his father's brave insistence on making peace & doing so legally in the face of imperial & colonial powers who would use any excuse to knock down justice... man, i didn't think i could hate the british more than i already do when it came to the case of the frozen Palestinian money. every little indignity they can manage to inflict on the colonized :(
Everybody by Olivia Laing

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5.0

okay wow wow WOW! genuinely can't say anything more than that this book is so precious & life-affirming to me, especially now. let's never forget ana mendieta, malcolm x, nina simone, all our elders who dreamed of & fought for freedom, how they learned & how they saw
Adèle by Leïla Slimani

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hmmm idk feels MUCH more cliche & conservative than what i expected :/ didn't enjoy the injected british-isms in the translation, maybe they stood out more bcz the audiobook narrator was also british. ultimately pretty boring. 

doesn't feel like it had anything meaningful to say abt adele's "sex addiction," the narrative is not wanting to pathologize her as richard does. but it really can't be as trite as adele seeking whatever self-actualization thru sex & richard coming down on it w the iron fist of the patriarchy. which she seems to want from the start, like that's why she's in her boring empty marriage already, idk why she has to play More house as punishment. like we're told that she was already keeping up appearances, what difference is there in her redoubled submission to him?

like what's it saying! anything at all? "a lot of empty sex will make u sad but life under patriarchy is sadder" ??? "the empty sex won't fulfill u but doing bourgeois wifely duties will?" ??? i think it's another literary novel that favours mundane description over having any voice or opinion, like maybe things that don't have any point to make. are worse?

(setting it around the arab spring: maybe some really oblique comment on how the revolutions, both the people's & adele's fail? in which case, super bleh & boring)

P.S. read that she wanted to write abt sex as unremarkable & mundane in this book, except the sensation of sex is meant to carry the book forward until adele is discovered & then her subsequent submissive celibacy & richard's desire/lack of is also supposed to provoke (perverse?) curiousity. so again like, feels like a serious lack of clarity
Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price

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Did not finish book.
lol i don't need to be gently convinced away from overwork, wrong audience for it? issue w psychological approach to a sociological/material problem?
Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility by Alex Zamalin

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Did not finish book.
thought it would be more academic, already agree w the sentiment. seems to be 4 a liberal audience that needs convincing