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A few days ago the 2017 Best Translated Book Award Fiction Longlist was announced (there are twenty-five titles) and each book will be showcased between now and the forthcoming list of finalists. Finally a list where I have read one... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at A Work in Progress
It's nice to dream big---but reality sets in and I get up bright and early every day to go to work. I like my job at least--that does help! Yeah--those years just speed by. I now appreciate books with women characters 'of a certain age' in a way that I did not when I was young! ;)
I have lots of good books either in progress or waiting for me, but just not enough time to read them--or am too tired to spend much time reading. Very frustrating. But I also well understand being in a slump as that has happened to me, too, for a couples years in a row even--this year I feel like I am discovering lots of great books. I hope your reading rights itself soon!
Have you started reading it yet? I never did get back to you about those two Baileys books we both have....
I have a feeling all the options must be classics and so how can you possibly go wrong since most bookish people want and plan to read classics in any case! Sort of predictable but fun anyway. Shocking--you are reading the abridged version! ;) It is a book I think I will always read in its entirety (can't say the same now about Les Mis--which I found to be far too long for my tastes....), but I admit he does digress A Lot in the complete edition. There are all sort of storylines that go off on other tangents, though the stories are fun. So it depends on how bothered you are by not getting quite the full story. I think it must have been written originally for serial publication or they paid him by the word--lol. By the way--the FEI finals are here in Omaha and going on now! Every time I go by one of their signs or the Centurylink Center I think of you!
There is a point in life when I think age does not matter! You read it/saw it when it was fresh and new and probably particularly chilling! I still find it pretty freaky to think about. And yes, the book is a quick read and I can see how it would be one of those must finish it and read it well into the night sort of books! I am hoping that I can see it in the theater on the big screen--there are only two showings and one might conflict with my last opera ticket, but I will do my best to get there--seeing movies as they are meant to be viewed is magical indeed!
I would not have thought this would be something Prose wrote, but it was good, which I do expect her writing to be! Funny how a writer who has been around a while has all these unexpected stories in them! It was a fun though unexpectedly serious sort of read!
I don't know if she is Italian--she certainly writes as if from experience--it was a well done story. Did I ever tell you I am part Italian--my grandfather came from Lentini Sicily. He died young so my memories are hazy, but I remember him yelling in Italian sometimes!! :)
I think you might be able to stream it on YouTube. I caught a little sample of it and it looks good--now that I finished I might try and watch the whole thing. I really liked it, too, though she surprised me as I was expecting something a little different!
It is one of her early books that I had never heard of. I love finding these little gems while browsing my used bookstore. It is one of those mass market books from the 80s with a cheesy cover so I didn't know what to expect! Worth looking for, though.
She is respected as one of the very best short story writers! I have read a few and she is indeed very very good. I read her Journal that Persephone Books published. She had a very interesting, though sadly short, life. My 'fun' book is Beatriz Williams's The Secret Life of Violet Grant which is very fun so far--set in 1960s NYC and Europe just before WWI. It is one of those dual stories with history and romance and just general easy reading--very entertaining. I also just started a Japanese crime novel called A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto which seems quite promising. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is also turning out to be a very excellent read--I was dragging my feet on that one but am so glad that in the end I just dove right in. Let me know what you end up reading next! I love thinking about the next book around the corner. (I am also looking forward to The Forbidden Garden which comes out April 4 and I had to order early!).
My desires are much more than my ability to get to them all. So many books sound good right now, but reading time is very limited sadly. I really really like Homegoing and can see why it has gotten so many rave reviews. I was disappointed it did not make the Baileys list but it has won other awards. I am just starting part two now. The stories, however, can be really heart wrenching--and shocking to think how people treat other people!
It does--where does my free time go--not that there is much of it! I am making very slow progress with A Suitable Boy but still enjoying the story immensely. I like a mishmash of books myself! I have read a few books by Elizabeth Bowen but not that one. I have heard very good things about it. I love diaries--have not read any for ages but I always 'want' to. Don't you think most diarists sort of write for someone--even if they don't want others to read it? There is always that chance.... I don't know the Max Carrados stories--must check them out. I love anything Edwardian. Sounds like you have a nice variety of stories going--thanks for sharing them with me! :)
Some books and movies are best just left alone! This is one. Ira Levin shouldn't have given in either on writing a sequel. I think I saw the movie of the sequel and it was truly awful! Polanski stayed very true to the story, so honestly I think you are not really missing anything--that said, I am still enjoying the book. I am in the mood for 1960s NYC as a setting!
I have always wanted and meant to read Ira Levin's 1967 horror classic Rosemary's Baby. I have seen the Roman Polanski film adaptation so many times I can practically quote entire lines or conversations. It is one of those iconic... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Work in Progress
It was a busy weekend and one without much reading time, which always throws me for a loop and makes me feel like I missed something necessary, but being busy (in a non-bookish way) can be an okay thing, too.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Work in Progress
I think to understand Theresa Santangelo you must first meet her grandmother Carmela Santangelo, a widow who is visited by her dead husband Zio. Really visited? I'm not so sure, but on occasion she smells the smoke from his cigars... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A Work in Progress
Hey Amanda--so nice to hear from you. And yay, congrats on going back to school--that is really exciting. At least when you are finished you will have your degree and will really appreciate and enjoy pleasure reading! Summer is not too far off--unless you will be taking classes then as well!
Yes, it was really good. Needless to say I made a special trip to the gym the day after . . .
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Yes, I have it out now and have just barely started reading it. So good to hear you enjoyed it and that it still has stuck with you!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Magnus by Slyvie Germain at A Work in Progress
I didn't know that--I know she has written other novels. I will have to look it up--I would love to read more of her work. And Magnus is a really well done novel! One I can warmly recommend!
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It is very much a worthy read and I think you would like it. If high schoolers chose it as a favorite--well, that tells you something! I need to read more translated books to my reading pile--I had hoped to get to more by now, but there are still months of good reading ahead.
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It was really well done. It was such a heavy topic that never felt like a book you really didn't feel like picking up. I quite enjoyed Magnus's 'voice'. I am happy Caroline has picked such great books for her readalong--always nice to read outside my comfort zone and to end up really liking the books!
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The movie is a classic--at least it has gotten into the Criterion Collection. It looks pretty good--and I think it either won an award or was up for one. I hope it helps--I scanned my intro and emailed it to you! It does shed a little light on the novel--don't mind my scribblings in the margins, please!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Magnus by Slyvie Germain at A Work in Progress
I'm not really sure what I was expecting. I didn't exactly dislike the story, but no one seemed to like anyone else in the book. I did like the way she told the story even if no one exactly redeemed themselves! Actually there was a doctor I liked.....too bad he didn't play a larger role! :)