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Mid Year Freak Out Tag

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015. What is the best book I have read thus far. I really do not have any best book to recommend. I have read a lot of interesting books the first six months of the year. This afternoon I dug out these books that I found interesting-

'Zama' a novel by Antonio Di Benedetto Translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen

'Winter Journal' a memoir by Paul Auster

'Sleepless Nights' a novel by Elizabeth Hardwick

'The Last Innocent White Man in America and other writings' by John Leonard

'Stone Arabia' a novel by Dana Spiotta

'The Village: A History Of Greenwich Village 400 Years Of Beats And Bohemians, Radicals And Rogues' by John Strausbaugh

'Nabokov In America: On The Road To Lolita' by Robert Roper

'Robert Lowell Setting The River On Fire: A Study Of Genius, Mania, And Character' by Kay Redfield Jamison

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2015. I do not read sequels.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to. I want to read the new release 'Phone' a novel by Will Self and the new biography 'Henry David Thoreau: A Life' by Laura Dassow Walls

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. I am looking forward to the release of 'The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition' by Fernando Pessoa

Review
“Complete edition of a haunted autobiographical novel―or is it a fictionalized autobiography?―that has emerged as an existentialist classic in the 80-plus years since its author's death. Born in Lisbon in 1888, Pessoa might have taught J.D. Salinger and Thomas Pynchon a thing or two about anonymity. He wrote prolifically in three languages but published relatively little, and he hid behind assumed names and identities, some 75 of them in all, which he called 'heteronyms.' The present volume is a case in point, written over the course of many years in the person of two such assumed names, Vicente Guedes and, later, Bernardo Soares. As for Guedes, Pessoa opens, 'This book is not by him, it is him': it is a catalog of Kierkegaard-ian moods, of fears and loathings and the constant presence of death in a fundamentally tragic world. 'I failed life even before I had lived it, because even as I dreamed it, I failed to see its appeal,' writes Pessoa, and he proceeds to make sun-splashed Lisbon a gray and gloomy place. Though often somber, Pessoa is rarely tiresome; he reflects interestingly on such things as the development of science and aesthetics, the pleasures of wasting time ('For those subtle connoisseurs of sensations, there is a kind of handbook on inertia, which includes recipes for every kind of lucidity'), and, always, mortality: 'We are born dead, we live dead, and we enter death already dead.' Readers with a liking for Walter Benjamin and Miguel de Unamuno, Pessoa's intellectual kin, will find much of interest in Pessoa's pages...”- Kirkus Review

5. Biggest disappointment. 'The Nix' a novel by Nathan Hill

6. Biggest surprise. 'Frog' a novel by Stephen Dixon

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) Stephen Dixon

8. Newest fictional crush. no fictional crush

9. Newest favourite character. no newest favorite character

10. Book that made you cry. there was no book that made me cry
I do have to confess there were moments when I was reading 'Winter Journal' a memoir by Paul Auster I was emotionally moved.

11. Book that made you happy. there was no book that made me happy
I do not know the experience of happiness. Nothing makes me happy. Books are a blessing in this dead American world.

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