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My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

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Orientalism
Edward W. Said
Infinite Jest
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Finnegans Wake (Trade Paperback)
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Green Grass, Running Water - Thomas King This was a bookclub read and one that I didn't get into until maybe 100 pages in. In the end I quite liked it. I don't really read too much Canadian fiction, something I'm trying to remedy, and it's nice to be able to read a book which discusses places I'm familiar with. And with the Idle No More movement that is taking place in North America right now, it was definitely a good time to read this book. Native Canadian and American awareness is definitely needed.

This book introduces truly memorable characters and satirizes how non-Natives perceive Natives.Of course the obligatory Native trickster is included, as well as Native mythology of the creation of the world.

I have to admit that I only gave the book 4-stars after my bookclub friends explained some of the Native and literature symbolism to me. When I realized what King was trying to do the book became more interesting to me. I will probably have to re-read this one in the future.