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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Roald Dahl was one weird guy. You'd think that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a kids' book (given the title and all), and while it is in some sense, it's also a pretty trippy psych (as in psychological or psychedelic) narrative.

I must have read this book over ten times as a child. Now, when I look back on it, I see it very differently. Of course the plot is fantastical and the ending is happy and yet twinged with sadness. But what I see most from Charlie now is how strange Dahl must have been to come up with such weird characters and plot ideas. The notion that Dahl probes dark human nature is certainly true, although I wouldn't read too much into this viewpoint.

What still troubles me the most about this book today is the glass elevator. Oh, the glass elevator. It was basically relegated to a cameo in Charlie, and I wanted to see a 12-hour 3-part epic... I suppose that's what Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is for.

In the end, it's easy to differentiate a Roald Dahl book from another kids' author: his are crazier, wittier, more satirical and ultimately better.

3.5 stars.