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Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham I've read this book many times. The first time when, in desperation for something to read, I found it on my grandfather's shelf when I was 11. Elliott was my favorite character and I skipped a lot of the "boring" parts about Larry's travels and philosophy. As I've gotten older, I'm still fond of old Elliott, but find him a bit tiresome. And now I love the parts about Larry, having read a lot about the psychological aftermath of WWI. The only consistency is that I've always disliked Isabel. In a way, it's like these characters have been family and my views of them have changed as I have. Maugham is one of my favorite authors and this, my first book by him, has a special place in my heart.