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Currently reading

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
The Pearl - John Steinbeck One of the most overrated pieces of tripe I've ever read, I do not recommend The Pearl to anyone. Steinbeck takes a fable and makes it into even more of a morality tale, if that's even possible.

If you've ever read my reviews, you'll know that I absolutely hate morality tales. With a fiery passion. If you want to have overwrought morals, write a fable. Write a book of pithy one-liners and market it as "empowering" self-help lit. But don't drag the rest of fiction down with the ship.

I have no problem with themes or morals within stories; it's great to see how characters use these to make it through the plot. But when the sole purpose of your "fiction" is to bash me on the head with your morality anvil, I'd rather avoid the concussion entirely.