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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Katherine Streeter, Sarah Vowell
The Age of Edison
Ernest Freeberg
Tales of the Alhambra
Washington Irving
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey
Alison Gernsheim
The Collected Plays of Theodore Dreiser
Frederic E. Rusch, Keith Newlin
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships
Peter Hurd, N.C. Wyeth
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra: A Discussion, Vol 1
Haruo Suda Katsuji Saito, Takanori Endo, Daisaku Ikeda
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Jon Winokur
Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland
A Curse on Dostoevsky - Atiq Rahimi

I tried. I really did. This is an updated retelling of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, set in Afghanistan. And the only thing wrong with it is I really don't care for the original. All right, I hated the original. And since this is almost a scene by scene recap of the original (or so it felt to me in excruciating detail), even the updated pertinent modern political things couldn't give it an edge. I couldn't make it much more than a quarter of the way through and even that was painful, slogging.


I will definitely try others by this writer, it's not his fault I can't stand Crime and Punishment.