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Frances
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Print junkie. Educator.
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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago at Nonsuch Book
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.
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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 7 days ago 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.
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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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I'm still trying to get to the Bates, and am really curious how those stories will read. Thanks for the well wishes!
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Thanks, Audrey!
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I have high hopes about that one as well. And the aim is to try a little more each month to get back into writing about my reading more.
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I wish you were feeling better! But I actually think a little Vicodin might improve the reading of this one. :)
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Oh it really is a risk. Either incredibly lazy or incredibly ambitious. I'm still not sure into which Moravia falls in this regard. Whenever you get around to it, I sincerely hope that you enjoy it more than I did.
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In the morning, I will be headed out with my eldest for a few more college visits. I enjoy these as much as she does. Road trips are always full of delightful possibilities, and I love watching and listening to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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(gasp) Not Sigrid Undset lame? Well then. I can't wait to read what you thought. It really took me by surprise. I tried every justification possible to keep myself reading including the obvious possibility that the boredom felt reading it was deliberately planned as a trap in an existential loop. That didn't pan out. Shame. I might re-read Conjugal Love sometime soon as I remember really enjoying that one and I don't want to leave off Moravia for now with htis experience.
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Richard and I had every intention of discussing Boredom by Alberto Moravia last weekend. Until we got bored with it. And not in the falling down the existential rabbit hole kind of way we were counting on but in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
What a bummer! I hope that you feel like yourself soon! Richard and I are both a little less than taken with Boredom so I would really recommend just skipping it and moving on the Spanish Lit Month. And how can one even respond to "I liked dog doodoo in the road better than Gone Girl..." except with laughter. I completely understand!
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I had sympathy for the secret drinking, drinking on a train, drinking on the streets, drinking... Well, you know. A sad thing for sure but my eyes began to roll a bit with the frequency and emphasis and lack of subtlety in capturing. Just didn't work for me for many reasons. That's a whole lot of reading in your summery future! Happy reading, Ti!
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It would be a great RIP read! Any of the Highsmith titles actually. I really enjoyed the Highsmith bio by Joan Schenkar too - The Talented Miss Highsmith.
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Thanks, Nadia! Glad to know that I'm in good company not enjoying those two.
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