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Of course! Some of my favorite conversations with friends are about books of which we have much different opinions.
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Actually the writing is the redeeming quality of this novel, but it is incredibly difficult to separate it from the direction he allows it to take. His story is beneath his gift for storytelling. He writes beautifully and slowly about confusion, ambiguity with this easy willingness to allow himself to be lost in his own prose. As if the quandaries he writes us into are beyond his ability to write us out of. And I would be comfortable in that place if allowed to remain. But then he embraces this awkward use of refrain, of symbolism that conveys none of the beauty of that referenced music. I do not believe that to be an intentional move. Just lost his way in his own work. I'm going on a bit here but as annoyed as I was with portions of the text, I'm more annoyed that he did not push himself to his own limits. Just an intuitive reaction on my part.
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Delighted to see you here again, friend! And I am enjoying the Eco more. I am much more tolerant of some of Eco's dramatic tendencies than I am of what you aptly describe as "faux-pschyodrama." Murakami does seem quite capable of telling a page-turner. I felt that in the beginning of this one. But he seems to not have the stamina or will or something to see things through to a more satisfying or at least interesting end. I'll try again with him though. Hope to find something to read with you sometime soon!
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And school has started and has been a little crazy! But part of my newfound commitment to my mental health is to preserve my reading time. Key to balance for me. Thanks again for hosting, lovely lady! Hope the temps in your classroom have gone down!
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I certainly appreciate your points here and feel happy for you that you feel such a deep connection to his work. I was not able to feel the redemption in him facing his pain as I thought it was mostly facilitated by his girlfriend, his guide, who conveniently enough works as some type of travel guide. As a character, she was very loosely drawn and he focused more page space on discussing her wardrobe and the amount of money she must spend on her clothes than on allowing us a deep enough look at her to view her as anything but a plot facilitator. I know I'm being a bit harsh here but I know your feisty self will forgive me. And I will go on to read Norwegian Wood.
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The lovely Dolce Bellezza invited us to read this newly released title with her and report back this weekend, and despite my sporadic blogging of late, I could not resist. The only Murakami I had read previous to this was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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Saw it in the bookstore. The design caught my eye. One of those books that feels good in the hands. Then I saw someone on the beach reading it. Then received a promotional email from McSweeney's about it. Then looked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
How about "A?" Will look out for what you come up with.
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Waugh, Spark, Wodehouse. The same comparisons kept showing up in each review. A golden age of satire revisited in this most recent novel by Edward St. Aubyn. Which of course made me want to not read it. If the name... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
And it is not the letter you dread! It is an "F." Thanks for giving this a whirl.
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Not a problem! Just an opportunity. :) How about the letter "G," Sara? Thanks for playing along.
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I wish I could chat Cornell with you right now. I've been reading up on him just this evening in preparation for reading this book. Would love to see some of his work firsthand. Any suggestions? Any books you recommend?
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on cornell's curious boxes at Nonsuch Book
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Oh my goodness. Your first draw was a "Q." Feel free to skip that. The second try is a "T." Much better! Can't wait to see what you post. Leisurely pace or not, I love the way these small volumes fit in a coat pocket or bag. I've read almost all of them now.
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I did know what you meant. I'm not a morning person either. :) The St. Aubyn is a wonder. Most amused. I'll finish it today. And your letter is..... L. Can't wait to see some of your favorites!
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Simon from Stuck in a Book caught my interest on Sunday with a fun share of favorites. If you would like to extend the game just comment here and I will lend you a letter in the same way that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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Thanks, Nicola!
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Ooo, I spied that copy of The Parrots in your new post-vacation stacks and immediately went to check it out. Promising! As is the first third of Lost for Words. And yes, go find that download of Boy, Snow, Bird! Well worth your time.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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It's such a good excuse. Somehow elevates my weaknesses to good manners.
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I want to read the Patrick Melrose novels too especially after having dipped into Lost for Words. The humor is so sharp although I hear that the Melrose novels have none of that about them. Oyeyemi is an enchanting writer. Completely original voice.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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That cover is stunning! Hope you enjoy it. And as for my list, it is an eclectic mix but I think Lost for Words would be a great match for your sense of humor.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on optimism at Nonsuch Book
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David Winters writes irresistibly about Gabriel Josipovici's new novel Hotel Andromeda at Music and Literature magazine: Cornell’s air of mystery has attracted many literary admirers, from Octavio Paz to John Ashbery to Charles Simic, whose sequence of ekphrastic prose-poems, Dime-Store... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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A near-perfect hardcover edition of Fiona MacCarthy's biography of William Morris. For a most advantageous price. I've been looking patiently for quite some time. Now if I could only get so lucky finding this companion text that I have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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School is almost out for the summer, and even though I continue to work through the teacher and student break, my schedule is more relaxed and there will be time for vacation. And much, much more reading. My book consumption... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
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I recently enjoyed the breezily erudite and conversational Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser. For many reasons. But chief among them was her undisguised love of mysteries and thrillers that ranged from Wilkie Collins to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
So they showcase/hype mediocre and yet there is so much great design work going on right now? I can look at my sidebar quickly right now and see quite a few examples including the new Tom Rachman novel. I'm also a fan of the the cover for The Bees by Laline Paull. The People in the Trees cover is a beauty. I'm sure we could all go on and on with our own examples. Design of the physical object is one of the key ways in which the book in its paper form will survive. So stunts like this by publishers is just a lost opportunity.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2014 on worth the buildup? at Nonsuch Book
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