Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Virgin Suicides”

I love this writer, and the movie based on this book was pretty good, too. THE LOWDOWN Published: 1993, 250 pp. Obtained via: Jason Date started: 4.5.08 Date finished: 4.10.08 What I liked: It's another example of first-person plural narration that works really well. It also reminds me of the writearound technique magazine writers use… Continue reading Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Virgin Suicides”

William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”

Never read this in high school—how did that happen? THE LOWDOWN Published: 1962 edition, 246 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 3.2.08 Date finished: 3.8.08 What I liked: Finally being able to honestly nod in agreement when someone makes a reference to this book. But really, I liked the dystopian influences and the pacing of… Continue reading William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”

Maxim Biller, “Love Today”

Found this "translated from the German" advance copy at work. "Love Today" is basically a more depressing, more Teutonic "Modern Love." THE LOWDOWN Published: 2008, 216 pp. Obtained via: Work Date started: 2.20.08 Date finished: 2.24.08 What I liked: Biller very effectively creates a little world in each short story, which is generally less than… Continue reading Maxim Biller, “Love Today”