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One line rev #31:'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury. It is a very wisely composed idea-driven history (the passages in which they debate the singular meaning of literature are wonderful), which actually has the courage to follow their own idea as far as it will go, and which, because of its morally ambiguous and irreplaceable, not too far away futures, is successful on the false path.
One line reviewer #32:'The Quiet American' by Graham Greene. Catch the frightening state of insecurity in not quite complete battles and how it can spoil the best minds; what's most striking is the balancing of the key actors and the air-flow. One line reviewer #33:'Madame Bovary' by Gustave Flaubert.
Exquisite writing; very beautiful observation about sickly-sweet romanticism (and misunderstandings) and soul-binding effect of Inaktivität. One line reviewer #34:'Orlando' by Virginia Woolf. Wonderfully spelled; as in "The Waves", Orlando's sensibility for his surroundings and his contemporaries is spotlessly spotless. One line reviewer #35:'The Trial' by Franz Kafka. Great in style (I like that he has the charades to let people comment again and again on how ridiculous their situations are), but I would have prefered something in the way of characterization (metamorphosis is better in this respect).
One line reviewer #36:'Wideargasso Sea' by Jean Rhys. A fascinating structure, well-penned, efficient use of several storytelling angles..... but it was a little too quick. One line reviewer #37:'The Cement Garden' by Ian McEwan. One line reviewer #38:'Fathers and Sons' by Ivan Turgenev. A very good portrayal of the character in dialog and interesting to see as a pioneer for Dostojewski/Tolstoi; overall a little lackluster, and I didn't mind the attached "here they are now...." ending.
One line reviewer #39:'The Pained Veil' by W. Somerset Maugham. Nicely watched, never boring, subtle characterization (his character always seems to say what you wanted without it appearing predictable). One line reviewer #40:'Naked Lunch' by William S. Burroughs.