#4 The Lover by Marguerite Duras
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a fictionalized first person account of a pubescent female french girl who takes an older Chinese lover. Marguerite Duras said that this was semi-autobiographical.
I enjoyed it, it wasn't my favorite. This book was released in 1984, but the story takes place in the 1920s.
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have one word for this book. URGH!
What torture. Almost as bad as James Joyce's Ulysses. I had high hopes for this book, I enjoyed Siddhartha, but this was not as interesting. It was said to be a self analytical look at Hesse's life as a middle aged divorced man. I also read (online) that each character is an aspect of Hesse. This is an existential novel that was way above my head. I also listened to this in audio format. Peter Weller (actor) was the narrator, and although I like him and enjoy his voice, he read this monotone which led to monotony and me falling asleep while he droned on.