536 Biography 34.3 (Summer 2011) theorists and feminist writers. Perhaps it is the mind’s resistance to giving up the tyranny of thinking that leads the narrator in such circular tracks. Many words are used to ﬁ ll the empty teacup, which overﬂ ows but is continuously reﬁ lled. A good stylistic edit would have tightened the often loose, sometimes ungrammatical sentences, and cut some of the repetition. Overall, the discur- sive chapters remain an exegetical examination of the process of writing the thesis, rather than a coherent and elegant statement about how memory can be deconstructed by writing “against, alongside and beyond” it, to open up and open out the stories told by, to, about, and against the self. And I am left with the question: can a Buddhist story the self, when the self is an illusion? Christina Houen Garry Wills. Augustine’s Confessions. Lives of Great Religious Books. Prince- ton: Princeton UP, 2011. vii + 166. ISBN 978-0691143576, $19.95. This slim volume tries to adapt the genre of biography to describe the genesis, production, and reception of a book—in this case, Augustine’s Confessions. The ﬁ rst two chapters are mostly biographical of the author, Augustine, with detours to
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