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Frances
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Print junkie. Educator.
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I agree about the Clegg. But I do not think better typography would help. The image sets the wrong tone for the book in general. I do have to disagree about the Enright though. Not a fan of the UK font choice. Appreciate that you have immediate opinions about all though!! Have you read A Little Life yet?
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My Man Booker longlist pile is a mix of covers from both the US and the UK. In order to make sure that I would be able to lay my hands on all the titles in time to read them... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Nonsuch Book
I think it is great fun that we are all reading in different orders! Like seeing how the opinions are dripping out and beginning to start conversations. Get what you are saying about the middlers bouncing around a bit. The Clegg has gone up in my estimation, the Enright down. And that shocker Tyler...??? Didn't see that coming. As far as A Little Life is concerned, I do not have the problems with the story that you do. I have in my life known some deeply troubled folks and some of this rang very true to me. Although sometimes melodramatic and I resented that as an authorial device. The book has much to offer but is ultimately undisciplined in my eyes.
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Our (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel has been reading through the longlist steadily as we look forward to putting out our own short list on Monday, September 14, the day before the official folks publish their list of 6. I am... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nonsuch Book
Agreed about the chapters with Dan in New York. The turning point event was no more revealing than any other actions Rosaleen takes (or does not take). Dramatic but really just another attention-seeking action like the "horizontal solution."
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2015 on the green road by anne enright at Nonsuch Book
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I liked it well enough but was definitely more impressed by the end of the book then I was as I was reading through.
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So long. I'm at about the same point as you now.
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Tyler certainly surprised me with this one. In a good way. The cleverness with which she approaches the mythologizing of family.
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I was really surprised! Especially since it has engendered such praise from UK readers. Bellezza also found it lacking. Will be curious to see what Teresa and Rebecca make of it.
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My opinion of the book was solid though and has since gone up in relation to some of the other titles on the list. So funny how these things works. Reading these thirteen books in the context of the march toward the short list really does skew perceptions a little. Not so much if this is a good read but is it better than its twelve neighbors.
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I'm looking forward to your thoughts on this one!
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The thing I enjoy most about Enright's writing is the power it draws from its own audacity, its quirkiness. Sentence after sentence will just roll by you in their loveliness, and then she disrupts the flow of your reading with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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The "family" titles are where I decided to begin my reading for the (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel, and Did You Ever Have a Family first because, I must admit, I was suspicious of how this title landed in the longlist... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
It's going to be great! And you've already read the longest book. :)
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Thanks, Christy! It's either ambitious or foolishly optimistic. Let's see. :)
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I did think I heard shrieking! So sorry that this summer has been such a struggle. Returning to the classroom is a conversation we can have off-blog sometime. But this is going to be fun! So glad it worked out and so quickly. I'm already on that first read. I'm thinking I will write as I go but I also think I will hold back a little so that I have meatier parts to dig into at the end. You?
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It is really all Simon's fault. Or to his credit depending on your perspective. He gets things "bubbling" on Twitter, and before you know it, five smart busy women have committed to reading (or their best attempt at reading) the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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Thank you, Richard. You're one of my favorite flatterers! Now that you've extended Spanish Lit Month into August, I'll have time to work in at least one of the three other Marias titles I have in reserve. An opportunity to look how the use of repetition plays out elsewhere in his work.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2015 on a heart so white by javier marías at Nonsuch Book
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I'm a great fan of outlandish comparisons! And I love yours here specifically. Know just what you are saying and might even pick up a little Donne today to remind myself. Thanks!
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Agreed! It was difficult to decide what to focus upon here though. All of his work offers so much.
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It would be interesting to catalogue them! And I know that section you first refer to well. "Listening is the most dangerous thing of all, listening means knowing, finding out about something and knowing what's going on, our ears don't have lids that can instinctively close against the words uttered, they can't hide from what they sense they're about to hear, it's always too late." It becomes again about shared guilt, responsibility but also drags one into something that would rather not have to admit knowledge or involvement. Messes up the writing of their own personal narrative.
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Without any formal plan, it seems this book has become a shared read this summer. Like you, I'm appreciating all the perspectives. I find that repetition is present in all the Marias novels I have read, and I spent some time thinking about that after reading this one. It is always like the thought process, long and unwieldy like Marias' sentences. Draws me in.
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The novel begins with, "I did not want to know but I have since come to know...," permitting the reader a glimpse at the jumps in time they will travel in this thinly but beautifully plotted faux mystery. The suicide... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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All interesting choices! I've had a copy of The Empathy Exams around for some time, but just cannot get excited about reading it. Not sure why.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2015 on for the road at Nonsuch Book
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I understand exactly what you are saying. Nothing like touring a whole series of "reach schools." Trying my best to let her discover her own "realistically" though. :)
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