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Frances
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Lovely ladies. Lovely reading partners. Our (Wo)man Booker Shadow Panel has arrived at a short list together with some of our members not even voting for six books because they could not name six that they found particularly prize-worthy. An... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
But you may be right. :) Honestly, I feel that this jury could pick just about anything, and we just need to ride the wave this year. After Tuesday, it will be fun to dig in a little deeper into the books they shortlist. I do think that watching The Sellout will be fun sport. How will our UK friends react to it as a potential winner if it is shortlisted?
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2016 on and down to six... at Nonsuch Book
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Thank you for the kind words. I think our strength as a group, and one of the reasons we all enjoy this experience, is that we are all different types of readers with a wide array of tastes. And everyone is respectful of those differences, and realizes how this enriches our conversations. I appreciate you all! I hope you do re-read The Many just because I want you to have that forehead slapping collection of moments that I do on the second read. :)
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The Man Booker shortlist will be released on Tuesday, and given some of the surprises of this year's longlist, it is truly difficult to predict what might appear. But that will not stop the (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel from writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I agree with you on the Strout. Making that trauma more explicit would have robbed it of impact, of possibility, and made it more about the details then the assertion of self through that trauma. Also glad to hear you loved the Reeves. I keep putting it off and two of the other ladies have struggled with it. But Eileen? I loved, felt it a huge accomplishment. Are you reading through the whole list?
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on bookering progress at Nonsuch Book
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It is being published in the US by Little A which is Amazon Publishing. Go to the web page and request a copy in the set form there. Mine came the next day. If that fails, I will mail you mine. :And I will cry for you! But just a little. You will be thrilled to see your new kiddos and we both know it! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on bookering progress at Nonsuch Book
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My experience of reading through the Man Booker longlist last year was completely different from my progress so far this year. Last year, I had off a good chunk of time from work in August to plow through what I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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I had these plans for summer reading. The Musil plan. The get ahead on Booker reading plan. I have made some progress on both but nothing like I originally conceived. The state of politics in the world has proven a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I so, so want these. Have already begun looking around. From a design perspective, I like The Confidential Agent the most but all are lust worthy. As for that Hesse, doesn't it sound amazing. Not sure when I will get to it but hope it is soon.
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Louise, you collect quite a bit! Would love to see some of those. You should share some photos!
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It is hard to decide! And then, if you are like me, you do not completely commit to any one and you wind up with piecemeal collections. But this one is different... I do think that they have some cheery components to the designs but there is a touch of dark or menace in each - pure Greene. What lurks below the surface.
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I am intrigued by your Vonnegut collection! Have you posted on it before? I would love to see and hear about it.
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I definitely think you would appreciate The End of the Affair!
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The 4th of July was a very dark and rainy day here this year, so I spent a good part of yesterday reading lots of different things. Andy Miller, author of the highly entertaining The Year of Reading Dangerously: How... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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Because of my kind of extreme book consumption habits (something I know you understand), I use Kindle Unlimited where I have read a lot of the Allingham titles for free. Or, rather, just the small cost of that monthly subscription. Good source if you don't feel the need to own the copies you read.
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A.S. Byatt once wrote, "I have never been able to read Agatha Christie - the pleasure is purely in the puzzle, and the reader is toyed with by someone who didn't decide herself who the killer was until the end... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
And yet you still bought the DeLillo. :)
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Oh yes!! We are switching to a year round school model so I will not have that open time I did last year. I will need every spare moment t read through the list. Here's hoping for a true rather than a baker's dozen!!
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Lucy Barton has tons of fans so I think it has a fair chance. Such an opinion split on Splitfoot that I wonder if it is realistically in the running??
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Those are the two that I feel most confidant about and have not even read them yet! Picking up Mothering Sunday now.
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Not sure that it is Booker material. I have not read it. Just playing around with that eligibility list for now.
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Oh, I forgot I have an e-galley of The Portable Veblen. I think Thomas liked that one when he was reading through titles for the Bailey's Prize. I also really like the sound of The Maker of Swans and Imagine Me Gone. I would also put the Coetzee on my to-read list even though that last book, that I am referring to as Jesus I, was not up to his usual fineness. So as you say, "So we'll see." It is a big field this year. And my curiosity is starting to get the better of me with still a month to go.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2016 on a (wo)man booker shadow panel redux at Nonsuch Book
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Meredith, Nicole, Rebecca, Teresa, and I are coming back for more Booker madness this summer. Last year's effort left us not exhausted and dismissive of the process as some of us feared (okay, as I feared), but excited to do... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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I think that Victor assumed that the creature would be beautiful as a reflection of Victor and his abilities even though he objectively realized its ugliness. In this same chapter, after he has fled his apartment and the "demoniacal corpse," he acknowledges, "Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but then when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became such a thing as even Dante could not have conceived." His hell hound. Perhaps he thought his own divine powers would imbue the creature with beauty?
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Every school fall costume parade (we do not dare call it a Halloween party anymore) features at least one "Frankenstein." Block head, unfortunate bangs, large ears, bolts in neck. Shuffling gait and incomprehensible moans and grunts. You know the drill.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Nonsuch Book