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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Not the Booker Shortlist & Other Tidbits

Not the Booker Shortlist, with one more to be selected. 

The only one of these I've read is Dark Pines, which I enjoyed,
especially its deaf protagonist Tuva Moodyson.
I'm also interested in The Ruin, a new crime series set in Ireland.
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Writers opinions of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.
Despite many disparaging remarks about the classic,
writers like Virginia Woolfe, Joan Didion, Alice Hoffman,
and Joyce Carol Oates all admired it.
Interesting to read their views!
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There is a word for everything,
even it is from another language.
Source

16 comments:

  1. I am amazed that word exists! There are so many reasons that can happen. I wonder when, or if, the reader goes back to those books.

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    1. :) You are right, there are so many reasons that can happen. I really hate it when I buy a book and then don't like it and abandon it, but it does happen.

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  2. How does one pronounce 'tsundoku'? I think I have it! Oh no!!

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  3. Tsundoku. Good word to know. Especially because it's something I seem to do a lot of lately. ;D

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    1. Excuses, excuses! I've found that as much as I'm influenced by a cover, it doesn't always mean a wise purchase! :)

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  4. I've followed the Not The Booker prize on the Guardian website on and off for a few years now. Some of the commentary is amazing. Events like these make me hyper-aware of how much there is out there to read!

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    1. I'm eager to see what the final selection to the list will be!

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  5. Raising Sparks is an interesting cover! And I'd be curious to see what you think of The Ruin.

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    1. I know I won't get to all of the books on the list, but I do hope to get around to The Ruin. :)

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  6. Just emerged from the Brontë rabbit hole that you sent me down. That was fun. I like Anne Tyler's words about Wuthering Heights best, both because she made me laugh and also because I agree with her. I did finish the book, but it's among my least favorite classics.

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    1. :) I found all of the commentary fascinating. I loved the way the various writers had different ways of looking at the book. Jeannette Winterson's saying that the book is not a love story, it is "a loss story" was one of my favorites.

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  7. I have always thought of Wuthering Heights as a loss story. I loved the book when I read it when I was young. My husband is not a reader. But I was so surprised that when we watched the 1939 version of the movie back in the early 70s he LOVED it. He will tell you to this day it is his favorite movie. But here is a laugh for you, Little Miss Sunshine is in his top 10, lol.
    xx, Carol

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    1. It is a perfect story of loss, over and over and for everyone. Your husband must have an eclectic top 10! ;D

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  8. Tsundoku. That describes me perfectly, lol.

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    1. That old axiom "So many books, so little time" still applies!

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