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One Hundred Twenty-One Days
One Hundred Twenty-One Days | Michele Audin
22 posts | 14 read | 14 to read
Debut novel by mathematician Oulipo member layers coded narratives across World Wars unlocking the entangled history of politics and science.
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Lacythebookworm
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Audin is a member of the French Oulipo group that combines literature and mathematics by imposing restrictions on their writing (i.e. not using particular letters in a chapter). This in no way takes away from the reading experience and may not even be noticed until you read the translator‘s note.

This follows a group of European mathematicians during the world wars. I didn‘t expect this to be a quick read, but I finished in one day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RachelO This sounds fascinating! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Eyelit @Daisey I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2y
Lacythebookworm @RachelO It is! The chapters alternated from diaries and articles to numbered lists and notes. 2y
Daisey Sounds fascinating! Maybe I will manage to get to it over Thanksgiving. 2y
Eyelit Sounds fascinating- thanks for tagging! I think I need to move it up the tbr. 😃 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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This chapter‘s footnotes slowed my reading progress down a little, but it was a fascinating addition to the story. It is a German officer and mathematician‘s journal from Paris in 1942.

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Lacythebookworm
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One chapter in and I can tell that I‘m going to enjoy the structure of this book. Each chapter is told in a different style - fable, diary, historical research. Deep Vellum Press is one of my favs! 😍

Eyelit I look forward to your final review! I purchased this book (and a couple others) from vellum at the tx bookfest 😃 2y
Daisey This is one of my next books to read as soon as I finish one I‘m currently reading. Look forward to seeing what you have to say about it! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Eyelit @Daisey I‘m loving it so far! I‘ll tag you in my review 👍 2y
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rachel_mbc
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I'm still processing this strange, beautiful novel of European mathematicians during the war years. Audin is a mathematician and this is her debut novel. It's experimental, written in several styles, but very readable and totally haunting.

CAGirlReading Sounds interesting!😀 3y
rachel_mbc @CAGirlReading It was recommended to me by a math professor and by a lover of translation, so I knew it must be good. 3y
fromthistles I found this book captivating. Thank you for inspiring me to read it. 3y
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rachel_mbc
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Today's Mother's Day was mixed, but I'm finishing it curled up in bed with a cup of tea and French novels, so it's a net win.

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Kangaj1
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#THISISTHEEND This was one my my favorites last year, perhaps favorite of all time, thanks to Liberty!

tpixie Can finally add to my ‘stack‘! #covertocover 2y
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EmilyChristine
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Interesting book, a bit of a mix of fact and fiction. I liked how the different stories were connected. And I'm making a friend read it too. 😁

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EmilyChristine
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Ominous quote about the soon to be WWII.

This will either be my last book of March or my first book of April. I'm not reading it very fast so perhaps it will be April.

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EmilyChristine
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Next one on the agenda. I've been looking forward to reading this one after seeing that a friend had read it.

My reading slump is officially over so now I'm catching up on what I had planned to read this month. #marchhasbeenrough

brownekr Congratulations on the end of your slump! 3y
Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 3y
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BrainyHeroine
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Another combo post today. #RiotGram asked for bookmarks (aka quitter strips), because only monsters dog ear pages, and a palate cleanser for #FeistyFeb. After reading The Possessions I needed to calm my brain down, so thanks for that 121 Days.

tpixie What a lovely wooden bookmark you have! 😜😍#covertocover 3y
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broomperson
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an international move, a re-read of infinite jest, and a major downturn in audio book time meant that I didn't read nearly as much as I'd hoped to this year. but I did read a lot of really good ones.

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outis
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Know how you know what the sun looks like even though you can't look right at it? This book achieves that effect with edges of history, people, ideas & concepts blurring towards each other to create the story. Very cool.

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Cassandra
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I rather enjoyed this chronicle of mathematicians and how they touched history - specifically French and German history during WWII. I like the way it is presented - diaries, newspaper articles, interviews. I'm all about the process.

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Cassandra
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I went to the library, and all I got was this excellent book about math and fairy tales (and seven other books).

RebeccaH That's such a great book!! 3y
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outis
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Up next. A little intimidating in that I had to look up Oulipo & I recoil at the memory of some less-than-fun (at least, for me) experimental fiction experiences (I'm looking at you, Ban en Banlieue). But I can't stop wondering about this one so I figured I'd just go ahead & read it. Wish me luck!

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Twocougs
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Interesting topic and beautiful translation.

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Twocougs
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Not really a Fourth of July read, but interesting none the less. Happy 4th of July🇺🇸

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Kangaj1
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I loved this book. So amazing. I almost want to start it over and read it again, but alas, it is overdue. Need to get it into the next person's hands waiting for it...

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DieselBookstore
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How does one truly measure the value of a life lived? Audin doesn‘t presume to answer, but her mesmerizing first novel poses the question with artful grace.

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RebeccaH
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Will reread to review. Super interesting.

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RebeccaH
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Currently reading.

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