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The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things: A Novel | Arundhati Roy
The international publishing sensation of 1997 -- translated into 18 languages -- a magical, sophisticated tour de force.The God of Small Things heralds a voice so powerful and original that it burns itself into the reader's memory. Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, it is the story of Rahel and her twin brother Estha, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day, that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family. Sweet and heartbreaking, ribald and profound, this is a novel to set beside those of Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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AkashPhoenix
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The author's uninhabited ancestral property!

Masterpiece! Most importantly knowing it's a semi-autobiography of the author. It's a journey of 2 ill fated siblings and the hardships they face at an early stage of life which leaves them with a mark for life. Strangely, the author will never let u forget anything of the storyline as she repeats a lot of facts. The air of mystery and disjointed storyline in this novel is undoubtedly the USP.

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AkashPhoenix
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Moments like these the twins treasured, and threaded like precious beads, on a (somewhat scanty) necklace.

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GatheringBooks
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scripturient Hey Myra, Just typed the tracking number into Emirates Post tracking and finally got a match. Up till yesterday kt only said no info. The package arrived in Dubai today so it should be with you shortly. 😅 Don‘t know which detour it took but it looks like all will be well. ☺️ 2mo
GatheringBooks @scripturient crossing my fingers the books will be here soon! 💕🤞🏼🧚🏼‍♀️📚 2mo
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shawnmooney
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Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ... soft angles (edited) 2mo
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bromeliad
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Yay congrats again @GrilledCheeseSamurai !!! #SixDigitSamurai is running til Oct 1 and involves being sent books from your TBR, so don't miss out Littens! @Lana1 is one of my newer followers who is also newish to Litsy...hello! 👋🏻 Favorite read of 2019 is tagged. This book is incredibly well written, and Roy has somehow almost created a new dialect of English in the language of the narrative...it's unlike anything I've read before. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

bromeliad Litsy for me has been a rare opportunity to bond with an entire community...I'm not usually one to feel like I fit in. It has been a joy and a balm. 🥰 2mo
SamanthaMarie I love what you said about Litsy. It is true, it feels like we all "belong" here. ♡♡♡ 2mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai YAY! Thanks for playing along. :) 2mo
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shawnmooney
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Tanisha_A After seeing your posts, I feel like re-reading this book. 2mo
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shawnmooney
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sisilia Chacko is my hero 2mo
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Tiltedwhirled
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The language was beautiful. The insight into human nature was illuminating.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#India
#LetsTravelJuly

This one has been on my shelf a while!! Anyone read it?!

Soubhiville I tried- it was a bail for me 😕. 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I read this back in college. It‘s... definitely different than what I was used to. 4mo
violabrain This book is beyond amazing!! It‘s incredible! I wish I hadn‘t waited so long to read it. Just ingenious the way it‘s constructed, plus an absolutely heartbreaking story. 4mo
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Leftcoastzen It is different, but I was drawn in and enjoyed it very much . 4mo
bromeliad Yes. Brilliant and full of hard truths and lots of feels. 4mo
brilliantglow I loves this book. It's incredibly written 4mo
Tanisha_A A beautiful read! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚 4mo
Lcsmcat Add me to the list of those who loved it. 4mo
Lindy 🙋‍♀️ 4mo
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JulietteGF
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This book was a little disappointing for me... Despite her wonderful writing, I found it hard to enter into the story at the beginning, and to relate to the characters. I wish they had been more developed. The story by itself is interesting, and I kept reading to know what happened. What I will retain from this book is her beautiful prose, which brought the scenery to life. I'll most definitely read other books by her.

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1001BooksPodcast
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We‘ve been on a little hiatus because half our podcasting team is getting married in 2 weeks. But we squeezed in this book about family, trauma, and the price of a single night‘s decisions. #1001books #thegodofsmallthings #soundcloud #applepodcasts #googleplay

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squirrelbrain
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I adored this book! I was worried as it seems to be a love / hate book and, on Friday, one of my bookish friends said that she‘d bailed on it...

The writing was luscious; I particularly loved the muddled up and made up words portraying the reality of a child‘s understanding of the world. My favourites were the Bar Nowl (hence the cushion in the pic) and when anyone told them to ‘Stoppit‘ they ‘Stoppited‘ immediately...

Highly recommended!

Weaponxgirl This is one of my favourite books, glad you loved it too. 😊 8mo
hannahx Sounds really interesting! 8mo
RedLeaves Oooh I want to read it now! 8mo
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Cathythoughts What a lovely picture 8mo
Crazeedi I love the pillow💜 8mo
Leftcoastzen It too me long to get to it.When I finally did ,I loved it! 8mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 8mo
BookwormM Where did you get the cushion? I love it also enjoyed the book 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure where it‘s from @BookwormM - my friend bought me it a couple of years ago... sorry! 🦉 8mo
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Violetta
God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
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This book is stunningly beautiful -metaphors are so vivid you become completely immersed into the atmosphere,although it can be rather difficult to keep up with style and all those characters in the beginning. It's also really sad and hopeless, because the ragged timeline tells us immediately what awaits in the end.And not once I regretted not being able to influence the flow of events, prevent at least some of 'small things' from destroying lives

mreads Such a pretty cover ❤ 9mo
Haroon_Ishaq One of my earliest reads, love it 💕 8mo
readinginthedark This is such a difficult read, I agree. Still in the middle. 😔 8mo
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Simona
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I loved the structure of the story, I liked how she points out that small things matter, how she commented without judgment, through the lives of characters, caste system and religions. The judgment is the matter/problem of the reader. I agree that the prose is lush, gorgeous, beautiful ... but this is exactly kind of prose that makes me nervous and uncomfortable 🤷‍♀️
In my defense - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness was my favorite book in 2017.

BarbaraBB Great review. I adored this book but I read it in the nineties so I wouldn‘t know how I‘d appreciate it today. 10mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It was reread for me, and after twenty years - I don‘t like it for the same reasons ... although, I appreciate more this time social commentaries. 10mo
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Cinfhen I couldn‘t get through this one or Ministry 🙈 10mo
Emilymdxn Really interesting thoughts - I should reread this one. I listened to it on audio while struggling through the worst food poisoning of my entire life 😭😭 kind of ruins any book and I feel I didn‘t do it justice 10mo
Simona @Cinfhen Ok, I understand your opinion about God of Small Things, but, Cindy, The Ministry was really good 😘😘😘 10mo
Simona @Emilymdxn For me, this is a too much complicated story for audio format. Whenever I feel bad, my go to genre is mystery/crime. 10mo
Emilymdxn Yeah I didn‘t intend to read it that way, I was a third of the way through when u got sick and didn‘t have the energy to@choose something else lol 10mo
Cinfhen Sorry.... it was a slog!!!! I was falling asleep on every page😜😜 10mo
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Simona
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My simple plans for weekend - PJs, comfort food and books❣️

readordierachel Sounds perfect 💕 10mo
Simona @readordierachel The weather forecast is bad, and I need lazy weekend 😁 10mo
Leftcoastzen Nobody could argue with that.👍 10mo
9999 Sounds amazing! 10mo
youneverarrived The best weekend plans 👌 10mo
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Simona
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Let's start with all of those reading challenges - my first library book haul of the 2019❣️

Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
Edwidge Danticat - Krik? Krak!
Jessica Townsend - Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Banana Yoshimoto - Kitchen

Tanisha_A Which language is this? 10mo
RachelO You have a v impressive library! 10mo
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BarbaraBB I loved the tagged book! 10mo
Suet624 The tagged book. 💕💕 10mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @Suet624 I read it 20 years ago, but I didn‘t like it🤫 ... I hope that my reread will be more successful. 10mo
Simona @RachelO We have a quite diverse selection of the translated books. 10mo
batsy I've not read Nevermoor, but the other three I loved ❤️ Hope your re-read goes well :) 10mo
Simona @batsy Me too, I count on the fact that now I‘m more mature reader ... or at least I hope that I am😉 10mo
Suet624 Oh gosh. I hope you like it more the second time around. 10mo
Simona @Suet624 I think that I will 🤞🤞🤞 10mo
Tanisha_A @Simona Wow! I remember reading The God of Small Things long time back. I read it in English though. Hope you enjoy it! 😃 10mo
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Naj
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#AdventRecommends Day 23

I have lost count the number of times I've re-read this beauty. It goes straight to your heart and sings to your soul.

@emilyrose_x

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BooksForEmpathy
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This morning‘s book club ❤️.

This will be one of my favorite all-time reads. This story is tragic and beautiful, written so sublimely that every sentence is special and precious and strikes you in the truest, most tender part of yourself. Indulge in the story of the Aymanam House, set in Kerala, India 1969.

“That it really began in the days when the Love Laws were made. The laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.”

Tamra Jealous! 11mo
mreads I love your plates and I'm trying to figure out all the food I wish I were there 11mo
mreads Oh and that book is on my bookshelf I've got to read that soon 11mo
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LauraJ Your book club is classier than mine. 11mo
ferskner I read this when I was too young. Need to go back to it. (Also I agree with @LauraJ :) ) 11mo
Leftcoastzen I loved it !waited too long to get to this wonderful book! 11mo
Flaneurette This is one of my all times favorites too! 11mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Today is clear and bright. And this book is certainly unlike anything I‘ve read before. The writing style took a long time for me to get used to, but the story is turning into a beautiful and sorrowful tale of a family in India 1969.

Soubhiville Gorgeous! 12mo
britt_brooke Beautiful!! 12mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous. Where are you? 11mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Our next book club read and my lunch!

Is this as good as all the reviews???

Heideschrampf Looks yummy! 12mo
writerlibrarian Your salad looks yummy. 12mo
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GatheringBooks
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#FallIntoReading Day 15: My #FavQuote among many from this exquisitely written novel.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one is on my shelf 💗💗 12mo
vkois88 Beautiful. Thanks to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, I have a copy... just need to get to it! 12mo
GatheringBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it has been on mine too for the longest time. then i joined #1001bookswap (#SEAReaders group) - and it was one of the choices of my book group. perfect excuse to finally read it. 12mo
GatheringBooks @vkois88 it is a meandering but truly worthwhile read. :) 12mo
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shaynarae
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Finished my 100th book of 2018! I‘ve been in such a reading slump and didn‘t give this book the full attention it deserved, so I don‘t feel qualified to give it a legit review. I will say that once I got myself to pay attention, I appreciated and enjoyed the wonderful way the story was told, even if my distracted brain couldn‘t grasp it for awhile. I‘m not sure if I‘ll reread it, but it‘s definitely one I‘d like to try again. #catsoflitsy

Emilymdxn Had the exact same experience with this book! I listened to audio while in bed with worst food poisoning of my life, which was a nice distraction but did not do justice to the amazing prose... 12mo
Crazeedi I 💜 your kitty! 12mo
shaynarae @Emilymdxn Oh man, that sounds awful! I imagine it‘d be hard for anything to come out of that situation with a glow. 12mo
shaynarae @Crazeedi Thank you! 12mo
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shaynarae
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In the hours between calling my grandmother to say goodbye and waiting for the news of her passing, I found myself wanting to be at my local library. For reasons I‘m sure a decent therapist could parse out, there‘s something so comforting about the beautiful building and being surrounded by countless stories. Such a special place.

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Amiable Condolences on your loss 😢 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 13mo
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CoffeeNBooks Sorry for your loss. 😢 13mo
Redwritinghood Sorry for your loss. 13mo
9999 I am so sorry for your loss. 13mo
tonyahoswalt So sorry for your loss. 13mo
mdhughes72 So sorry @shaynarae. What is your local library? 13mo
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Schuhbox
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Bailedbailed

I can‘t get into it for some reason, so I‘m giving up. I don‘t want to waste any more time. I hate bailing.

Soubhiville I bailed on this too. 13mo
Schuhbox @Soubhiville I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 13mo
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GatheringBooks
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#WitchyReads Day 17: This definitely qualifies as one of the great #WitchyQuotes out there. Arundhati Roy, spell weaver.

Linsy ♥️♥️♥️ 13mo
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PixieDust
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Ok so this book destroyed me!!!! It‘s such an incredible read it‘s so visual!!!! It‘s hard to categorize the story is more than one thing. It‘s a family saga and it‘s also a story about your entire world can change in a day, it‘s also pretty political. I highly recommend this

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ReadsPastBedtime
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"They broke the Love laws that lay down who should be loved
And how
And how much."
#love#laws#lovelaws#broken#godofsmallthings

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MrsMalaprop
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What an astounding novel. It took a bit of getting into with a multitude of characters and cross generational time shifts, but once I was in I was hooked. It‘s a book you need to immerse yourself in to truly appreciate its brilliance. Devastating, epic and beautiful.
Thank you @Rissreads 🙏❤️.

Bookartbookmarks Sounds like an awesome read and look at that view. 14mo
Rissreads I am so happy you loved it as much as I did! What a beautiful photo! 💚 (edited) 14mo
Cathythoughts Book sounds great... and the water & the boats ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
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BarbaraBB That view 😍. Loved the book too! 14mo
Anna40 Have tried many times to read, have never been in the mood. Have to try again soon it sounds like a great book. 14mo
thewanderingbookmark The language is so beautiful. 14mo
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GatheringBooks
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Now officially completed the #1001BookSwap #SEAReaders book club. Truly enjoyed this novel by Arundhati Roy. Thanks to @Cindyelizavaz ‘s book choice, I can now proudly say I finished this exquisitely written novel, and mailing it back. I especially loved the invented words, which reminded me a little bit of Filipino singer-songwriter Cynthia Alexander‘s invented words in her songs, particularly Thioviolight. Thanks, @JenP for organizing this.

BookishMe 👍🏽 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👌🏾 14mo
MrsMalaprop Just finished this one myself & posted a review. What an exceptional novel. 14mo
Cindyelizavaz @BookishMe hello! I've finally finished the book!! I'm so sorry it took me a while to finish this. I'm writing on the journal now and sending this out to you! 13mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Isn‘t it funny how life and fiction sometimes collide? Last night I was watching my favourite tv show ‘24 Hours in A&E‘ and there was a little girl who‘d presented to hospital with what turned out to be a chickpea stuck up her nose.
I was reminded of my own son who shoved some Lego up his nose several years ago that necessitated a trip to hospital for removal.
And then this morning in my #currentread I read this!

#ReadingResolutions

Jeg I‘m told I put some sort of beans up my nose. I don‘t remember though,😊 14mo
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MrsMalaprop
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#Readingresolutions #Booktwins @Jess7
Really getting into my #currentread after a somewhat challenging start. Lots of characters and timeframes for me to get a hold of. I‘m hooked now and the suspense is killing me at page 82.

Rahel and Estha are twins and the book follows their lives in India. An intricate, disturbing and funny novel so far...

Rissreads I‘m so glad you are enjoying it 💜 14mo
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GatheringBooks
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Friday night read - paired with The Big Cheese topped with torched gruyere and extra cheddar. #1001BookSwap #SEAReaders

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MrsMalaprop
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I call this ‘20 minutes til the kids get home‘. 😂😋

#curentlyreading

LeahBergen Yum! 14mo
JennyM I call that blooming delicious! 14mo
Cathythoughts Looks delish 👍🏻 14mo
Rissreads How is the book going? How far in are you? 14mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Only about 20 pages in. Beautiful writing so far. 14mo
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GatheringBooks
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#1001BookSwap #SEAReaders Final title. I finally had the opportunity to start reading this. Apologies though, as I feel it will take me a loooong while to finish this with my craycray life at the moment. :)

Reviewsbylola Your coffee looks amazing! 😍 1y
ephemeralwaltz @Reviewsbylola it really does! 😍 1y
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hlgreenfield
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Now to continue reading poolside and with some great company from #dogsoflitsy
She doesn't really let me read as much, but she's so cute!

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tania2
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If you were to pick a book to read at 2 AM when you want a little bit of abstract melancholy in your life, this is it.
The crowning glory of this book, however, is in those last 30 life-changing pages.

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sakeriver
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I put this on my to-read list because I saw Celeste Ng mention that it was a favorite of hers. I can see why. I was reminded a bit of 100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE in its sense of place as character, in the images of decay tied to the fortunes of a family, in the way past, present, and future are so simultaneous. But, of course, this is its own thing. I found the book challenging and unsettling, but beautiful.

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Plan for this morning! Have a party this afternoon so need to get my reading time done in the morning. Really looking forward to this read!

MrsMalaprop My friend @Rissreads just bought me a copy of this because she loved it so much. I hope to get to it soon. 1y
Rissreads I loved this book! 1y
hlgreenfield @MrsMalaprop @Rissreads that's great to hear. I am loving it so far! Only about 50 pages in though 1y
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sakeriver
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This chapter is making me think of the river that runs through my old neighborhood. It‘s smaller now, too. Having lots of feelings.

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sakeriver
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I‘m a little reluctant to compare this book to anything else, especially because there is such a tendency for Americans to want to compare writers of color and international writers in ways that flatten and erase the differences between them. Still, as I‘m reading this book I keep being reminded of Gabriel García Márquez. In the sense of decay, as in this passage, and in how the past, present, and future all seem to be happening at the same time.

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This is a hell of a paragraph.

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crofty22
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Let me start with the review by saying I really did enjoy this book. The writing was whimsical and made me feel as if I was really part of the story. However, the plot of this book gets confused is all the other subplots. In the end the "big revolution" which is what I had been waiting for the whole book had been hashed over in 2-3 lines. While reading this I almost felt as if the author started with one thought and ended the book with another

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JessNevertheless
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My August #TBRstack. Have a bunch of social commitments so I'm not sure how much reading I'll get done but at least hoping to knock off 2 #litsyclassics. #augustisatrip @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

AmyG I love the cute little book shelf . ❤️ 1y
Sarah83 Is it the Lego bookshelf? 1y
vkois88 I need to read the tagged book as well... it was a gift from @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 1y
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JessNevertheless Thanks @AmyG I love it too :) and @Sarah83 nope, it's just a miniature bookshelf I got in Florence! It took all my willpower to not buy a collection of mini bookshelves 1y
JessNevertheless @vkois88 oh lovely! I've started it already and it's so beautifully poetic! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful pic ❤️ 1y
Liatrek Love ❤️ this pic! 1y
vkois88 Thanks for the heads up, now I'm even more excited to read it! 1y
vkois88 Hold up... @Sarah83 there's a lego bookshelf?!?!?!? 1y
Sarah83 Looks so pretty and I didn't see it, when I was in Florence... 😫 1y
Sarah83 @vkois88 yes... In Great Britian there is a little bookshelf... ☺️ 1y
vkois88 @Sarah83 holy crap. Time was just spent drooling over them! I have already been lusting after the Harry Potter stuff. I don't need Legos! Lol... that's what I'm telling myself, anyway 1y
Sarah83 @vkois88 😂😂😂 I know this so well 1y
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Sagar_onlyforbooks
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This book is different. It's story is slow-paced, vocabulary is heavy so it takes a lot of time to understand what is going on. This book is magic, characters become a part of your life once you have read it. It's not the most awesome book but this book is a wonderful experience for sure.

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DivineDiana
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A big thank you to the fabulous @EadieB who kindly brought me these books from my #TBR list to the #phillymeetup2 on Sunday! #bookfairyextraordinaire

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"He could do only one thing at a time. If he held her, he couldn't kiss her. If he kissed her, he couldn't see her. If he saw her, he couldn't feel her.”
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#litsy #litsywelcomewagon #litsyreads

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Baawrabookster Thankyou ☺️☺️✌️🦄 @rather_be_reading 1y
DebinHawaii And Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻👋🏻 1y
Baawrabookster Thank you @DebinHawaii Yannsss I am still trying to understand Litsy. But thank you so much ☺️☺️✌️ 1y
Baawrabookster Thank you so much @Eggs ☺️☺️🙏 1y
MeikeReads Welcome to Litsy! 1y
Jess7 Welcome!! 1y
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