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Maven Books

Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Süskind , John E. Woods
It's Up to the Women
Eleanor Roosevelt
The Lost Time Accidents: A Novel
John Wray
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, and What It Means for Your Health, the Law, and Human Nature
Lisa Feldman Barrett

The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun

The Artificial Silk Girl - Irmgard Keun

I don't get it.  How on earth is this could this book be "hailed by the feminists?"  The narrator is vapid and only seems interested in pursuing relationships with men to get things, namely clothes, accessories, and money.  I really didn't like the stream-of-consciousness / diary style either, and I kept questioning how true to the original this translation was, given some of the awkward phrasing.