Mining the Depths

I'll read almost anything and love what captures my imagination. Best of all is responding to books in the larger cultural sense, loving or loathsome. Literature should have a place in the wider world.


And I'm another GoodReads refugee. 

The Emigrants - W.G. Sebald I'll have to do more research before Thursday, or I'll only complain about the most boring narrator(s)? ever. It's a fairly short book book about people monologuing to each other and/or to the reader endlessly. Wow, just glanced at the other reviews and now I feel bad. But while there was nice description, it all felt irrelevant and every character (or biographical sketch, whatever they were) sounded the same. I can't say it gave me anything new, at least not to think about: the bit in the cemetery came closest, but all I could think was that [b:A Day of Small Beginnings: A Novel|286513|A Day of Small Beginnings A Novel|Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum||277968] did it better. It just felt...very ungrounded. Like it could have been anywhere, about anyone. Gah. I'll have to wait until the discussion and see if they can talk me into liking this, because I didn't particularly enjoy it.

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