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A Horse Walks Into a Bar
A Horse Walks Into a Bar | David Grossman, Jessica Cohen
"A stand-up comedian recalls some of his darkest moments and traumatic memories from childhood on stage in front of a live audience"--
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MySharonaK
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Reminded me why I love to read

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3mo
MySharonaK @Nute thank you for the beautiful warm welcome! 😘 3mo
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Mafiacisco
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"I'm a genius, I'm telling you, words come out of my mouth that even I don't understand."

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fleeting
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Universal message, but I still think this is meant for a specific type of audience/reader. I felt that this meme is a pretty good reflection of the novel. There were hundreds of symbolism hidden, but I felt that the story, despite being drawn out, had a hollowness to it - both by the gravity of the subject as well as the way the author 'dangled' it to us. Very strange, and hence a good conversational topic.

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fleeting
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Lucky 2nd hand bookshop find, rounding up the MBIP's 3 (so far) title winners. I'm 6 books into finishing my goal for this year (w/c I had to trim down to 10 less books than my previous annual goals 😔). With classes almost ending, I'm hoping I'd finish at least 6 books to complete the goal. Also, I just tell myself to actually savor the books; quality over quantity. Can't wait to see all your 2018 roundups/favorites!

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thebookishpages
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I have mixed feelings about this one. It is undoubtedly clever and different, but I am still not sure if it produced the intended effect in me, in fact I don't know what the intended effect really was. The whole story revolves around a stand-up comedian's act. This book is about many things, from individual choices to the societal expectations. But if you ask me what the main theme is, then I will say "it depends on what the reader wants to see".

KateFulfordAuthor Good review / thanks! 1y
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Christyco125
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Mehso-so

So not what I expected. A stand up comic has his most honest set ever. It has a American Pastoral feel. #notacomedy #2018christyread

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tobypfrench
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By the end I began to understand the humour. Strange to read Israeli tragedy as a young, Englishman. Worth it.

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TheEllieMo
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Not an easy book to read, and early on it can be tempting to bail, but sticking with it is worth it, as I found this an utterly compelling novel about the childhood experiences that formed the man we now see before us, through the eyes of the narrator. Recommended reading

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susanw
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Totally killing Monday night!

RealLifeReading Now I want some chips 2y
LeahBergen Ketchup chips? 2y
susanw @LeahBergen Yup! The 12 year old in me still loves them! 2y
LeahBergen Me, too! 👍🏻 2y
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winetoys
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A book meant to be read in a single sitting is what I felt. It can get depressing time to time but good story to read altogether. Translation is done in best way possible. It may be that if you don't know much about Jewish people or thier culture at all then some of jokes or references will not be understood.
I was bit sad at the end as I really wanted something more, something that said life's changed.

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ArghyaDey
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Currently reading.

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jhod
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1. No
2. 7 degrees. Apparently that's 45 f
3. Tagged book, uncomfortable to read (but short).
4. Happy with anywhere with sun, good food and wine. Hiking in the dolomites is probably my fave recent.
5. High 🙋

@jesshowbooks
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BarbaraBB
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I felt part of the audience of the club in which stand-up comedian Dovaleh is having a breakdown. Instead of telling bad jokes he tells the story of his youth. I felt a spectator - just as his youth friend Avishai did when he knew Dovaleh back then as well as this evening when they meet eachother again. It is a dark and uncomfortable read but anything Grossman writes is perfect.
Thank you so much again @Cinfhen for sending me a copy!

#pop18

LeahBergen Nice review (and photo)! 2y
Skybariline Great review! 2y
Cinfhen Glad u "enjoyed" it's a hard book to explain but your review was perfect! I'm still thinking about it, weeks later. Beautiful photo❣️ 2y
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NerdyRev
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This is a difficult so-so because this book is so well written and it just breezes through the 250 pages, but it is an uncomfortable read hence the so-so. As the stand up comedian gets more and more political and personal, there is such an awkwardness while reading it, so in that sense, the book really works. As I was reading it though, I kept wondering if I would recommend it and the answer was no. At the same time, it worked.

Cinfhen I gave this a so-so too, but the more I think about this book the more I'm impressed by what Grossman did in under 220 pages. It was raw and uncomfortable and I believe pretty true to his upbringing😣our bookclub had a lot to say about this one. Nice review 2y
BarbaraBB Both your thoughts make me want to read this book so much! Lucky me, i got @Cinfhen ‘s copy after she finished it 😍, and will read it in January for #PopSugar2018! 2y
Cinfhen I'm curious to hear your thoughts @BarbaraBB 🤗 2y
NerdyRev @Cinfhen I agree. It wasn‘t a so-so because of the writing or the story as both were incredible. It became a so-so when I knew I wouldn‘t recommend it to anyone. I didn‘t like it in the sense one likes a book, but I was pulled in something fierce. It is a book car crash. 2y
Cinfhen That's a perfect definition @NerdyRev we all (bookclub) described that feeling of unease & of helplessly watching a car wreck 2y
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LubicaP
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Mehso-so

An interesting narrative structure - a comedian suffering a breakdown during his stand-up comedy performance, told from the POV of his childhood friend whom he hasn't seen for years. The book is well-written in my view there wasn't enough meat to the story. The big reveal about the supposed choice was a letdown.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

I did this one as an audiobook, which I don‘t usually do for fiction. The book was based around a stand up act being performed and one man in the audience, who already knows the standup artist. It was dark and harsh, not my type of funny. Still it hit on some real emotions.

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BarbaraBB
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It has arrived already! So fast. You just made my day @Cinfhen with the beautiful teas, the ambitious quote on the bookmark and of course the book itself. You‘re the best, thank you so much!! 😘

Cinfhen No way!!! How fast was that?!? It takes longer to send a letter to Tel-Aviv 😂😂😂I‘m so happy it arrived ❣️enjoy & have a wonderful weekend 😘 2y
BarbaraBB @cinfhen Your post is from 3 days ago so that is really fast! I‘ll get to it soon, have been wanting ro read it for a while since I am a big fan of Grossman! X (edited) 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2y
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bedandabook I‘ve heard great things about this book. Enjoy! 2y
BarbaraBB @bedandabook Thank you! 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I just looked up where my little parcel for you is (as I sent in on November 21, just as you did) and it is still waiting for an international transport. Ridiculous! I am now trying to chat with the Dutch post company...! 2y
Cinfhen Ha! That's ok!! As long as it isn't lost 💗I'm shocked how fast my package got to you!!! 2y
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Cinfhen
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Sorry, just one more post....this is headed your way @BarbaraBB 💕💕💕10 - 12 days!!! Enjoy 😘

BarbaraBB Wow! I just sent you a little something as well this morning... 🙊😘 2y
Cinfhen Hehehe 😂😂#greatminds @BarbaraBB 💖💖 2y
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Cinfhen
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#TuneIntoNovember #EmojiNov I'm all #?‍♀️about my feelings for this book. At first I was NOT taking a #shine to this book, but once I found my pacing I became more absorbed in the unraveling of "Dovaleh G", a standup comic. Told as a monologue with no chapters, we are turned upside down as the frantic narrator bitterly describes his childhood plight which leads to adult failures. It's biting & blistering with some dark humor & insight. #Bookclub

Cinfhen @BarbaraBB email me with your address & I'll mail u this book after bookclub ~ we meet November 20❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB I‘ll send you an email. You‘re too good for remembering and mailing me this one 💝💕 2y
Cinfhen Of course, with pleasure and it's actually a pretty impressive novel. I think you'll appreciate the writing @BarbaraBB 2y
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Skybariline Great review. I‘ve been curious about this one. 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Skybariline I only gave this book a soso but the more I think about it - it deserves a pick! It's VERY intense 2y
TrishB Great review 👍 2y
emilyhaldi I'm intrigued... Monologues without breaks are tough but I'm interested in the premise 2y
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lesleymoss
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This is undoubtedly beautifully written and original but SO bleak. I only read it because it was our book group pick. Not a fun read.

Cinfhen Exactly! Same for me, it was a bookclub pick otherwise I may have bailed although it did pick up after the first 30 pages. Did you have what to talk about?!? 2y
lesleymoss Amazingly some of the group actually liked it! 2y
Cinfhen Our bookclub met last night, we had plenty to discuss which surprised me & while nobody really “liked” the book, we all agreed it was well done, unique and impressive how uncomfortable we all managed to feel. It‘s a book you won‘t forget in a month‘s time. 2y
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Cinfhen
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#HumpDayPost @MinDea Above photo isn't me but I thought I was a prima ballerina in my toddler days💞according to my parents Henrietta the Hippo had me grace than I but that didn't stop me😁I took an epic day trip yesterday to Odesa to visit the Jewish community there #inspiring 🙏🏻Tagged book, for bookclub🤓Why did Tigger lift the toilet seat? He was looking for Pooh😂A lot, but it's my #lHappyPlace

Blaire That tigger joke is my son's favorite! 😂🤣😂 2y
Cinfhen It was my son's favorite as well 😁now his jokes are much more colorful 😬 @Blaire 2y
julesG Oh. That Tigger joke is something for my daughter. 2y
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MinDea Poor Pooh! 😀😂 2y
emilyhaldi Henrietta the Hippo 😂❤️ 2y
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BarbaraBB
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The wonderful @Cinfhen , who made me feel so welcome here and it is the host of my favourite photo challenge (Music & Books) celebrates her Litfluence of 150,000 with a give away.
What book would I buy? The tagged one, because it won the Man Booker International Prize, I still haven‘t read it and I love David Grossman. His book To the End of the Land for example, will stay with me forever.

Congratulations Cindy!
#CrushingOnGiveAway

Cinfhen Thanks so much @BarbaraBB 😘😘😘That makes me sooo happy! I just bought this book & im thrilled to gift it to you after our bookclub reads it....just in case you win & want to choose a different book😊 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Are you serious???? That would be so kind of you but of course you don‘t need to!!! 2y
Cinfhen Yes!!! My #posthost bestie 💗💗💗with pleasure! Bookclub isn't until mid December, if you don't mind waiting a bit longer..... 2y
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Well I am really touched by your spontaneous offer. You are really the best. Thank you so much 😘😘! 2y
Cinfhen Books are meant to be shared!!! I really believe that!!!! 2y
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Cinfhen
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Our December bookclub pick #takesPlaceNearMe and I'm looking forward to reading it. It won the Man Booker International a few months ago... @Jess7 #SpookyOctober #FridayFlowers

Mdargusch Love the 🌺🌼🌸! Do you get them every Friday ? 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Mdargusch every other Friday I get them delivered from a local woman, who does it as a hobby😊it was part of my husband's bribery to get me to move overseas...He promised me fresh flowers every week....😂😂😂 2y
Aleida Great bouquet! 2y
tpixie Lovely bouquet! Great bribe- I‘ll have to remember it! 2y
Christyco125 I have that on my TBR for a while 2y
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mspixieears
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Reviewed for Froth mag, October 2017 'Money' issue. It's a short, sharp ace read.

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AlizaApp
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Mehso-so

This novel unfolds over the course of a stand-up comedy act, with the performer retelling a traumatic story from his childhood. I know this recently won the Man Booker International but I did not love it, especially compared to David Grossman‘s other books, which I love.

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Fantastically funny and tragic, sometimes in the space of a paragraph.

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Matt4
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When your blurb is used for the customer pick in your local book store.

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chavalah
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Mehso-so

Still counting Grossman's TO THE END OF THE LAND as my fave read this year, but this didn't do it for me. Grossman uses the stand up routine to explore his character's backstory and the absurdity of death. But it was meandering, the narrator (not the main character) was barely formed, and I kept wondering why the audience didn't walk out sooner. Main character wasn't a good comic! Interesting theme, but a slog to get through. #JewLit

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Eyejaybee
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This is a very good book, though I could not say I really liked it. It is brilliantly written but makes for a decidedly uncomfortable reading experience. Worth it, though. Read my goodreads review at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34211922-a-horse-walks-into-a-bar

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smccallum
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Now everything's tidy I can crack on with this, I cannot wait to see where it goes

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manifestsanity
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Call me crazy, but I wish Gilbert Gottfried was the narrator of this audiobook. It just lacks the rhythm and pacing of a good hack comedian.

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StephBengtson
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I always feel like a failure when I bail on a book, but this one is just not cutting it for me.

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smccallum
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I've read the first 25 pages of this and oh my gosh it's brilliant! I cannot wait to see where this goes, the main character is fascinating!

Simona Isn't he!?! I was so with him on the stage and feeling all the awkward silent moments in the crowd... 2y
mcctrish Great cover 2y
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smccallum
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#bookhaul part one! I'm so excited to finally read this 🤓

Simona It's good 👍 2y
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Cinfhen
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Day 25 #JuneTunz Busy day ahead...(I know it's only 12:14am on the East coast) Today's song choice is from the wonderful @EvieBee84 I've yet to read the new Man Booker 2017 prize winner, but it's the first book that I thought of for today's prompt. A stand-up comic unraveling on stage leads me to believe #ThatJokeIsntFunnyAnymore

TrishB Great choice 👍 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB 😘😘when do you leave for vacation?!? 2y
TrishB Paris this Friday 😀😀 we have been finalising all the excitement this week. 2y
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉🎉🎉so excited for you @TrishB 💕 2y
TrishB We're all mega-excited 💝😀🎉 2y
Cinfhen Is this a "special" birthday trip?!? @TrishB 2y
TrishB It is! The birthday isn't until October, but both kids have 3 months off over the summer so we're doing the holidays then rather than dreary October! 2y
Andrew65 Have a great time. 2y
Cinfhen @TrishB 💖💖 2y
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deepaantony
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The books is based on a standup comedy act by Dovaleh G as seen by Avishai Lazar, an old friend of the stand up comedian. More than a stand up comedy act, Dovaleh is unraveling in front of the crowd.
The story is an Intense tide of various emotions. The deliberate uneasiness of being taken into someone's personal life is a constant throughout the novel. It is gripping and an unusual rendering of hearts basal emotions.

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Moray_Reads
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Thrilled that David Grossman has won, even if Amos Oz was a close second for me. Horse Walks Into A Bar is a difficult novel to read on many levels, some of it is excruciating but I honestly marvel at how Grossman holds his readers (sometimes unwillingly!) in the palm of his hand. Masterful stuff. #MBI2017

vivastory I can't wait to read this one 2y
shawnmooney I was a little surprised this one won, although I am interested to read it. I'm wondering if @Cinfhen has any thoughts, gossip or insight? 2y
Cinfhen Ha, no I haven't read it yet, but I've bumped it up my list @shawnmooney I bailed on the Oz novel 2y
MrBook Niiice! 2y
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Kristelh
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#bestofmay. I finished A Horse Walks into a Bar along with all these others. 14 in all, two were rereads. A great month except I still have #infinitejestbuddyread to finish. My favorite of the month was Team of Rivals and the least favorite was The Innocent Sleep.

Currey Team of Rivals is a great book 2y
britt_brooke Love this! Nice work. 💚 2y
Kristelh Thanks 2y
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Kristelh
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Starting, can I read it before June?

Simona Yes you can! 2y
BookwormM Go Kristel 👍 2y
Kristelh Yah! I finished. Pretty good 😊 2y
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BookwormM
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#MBI2017

3.5 stars

While the characters in this book didn't appeal to me there is no arguing that the way the story is told is unique. Stand up comedy as a way of telling a whole life story to an indifferent audience.

Full review to appear here soon www.thereadersroom.org

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Moray_Reads
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This is not an easy read. Grossman paints a deeply uncomfortable warts-and-all portrait of comedy, Israeli national policy and his own distasteful characters against the backdrop of one standup routine. His ability to make repellent characters so human is astonishing. It's no wonder this is up for the Man Booker International. I can see why it's divisive but it's worth so worth reading, even if you have to grit your teeth through the worst bits

Cinfhen I've been eyeing this one... 2y
Moray_Reads @Cinfhen It's fantastic and infuriating and it refuses to let go 2y
Cinfhen Sold! Stacked! Thanks 💛 2y
Hobbinol This is on my list, but I insist on reading Sea Under Love first (that one's been on my TBR shelf forever). (edited) 2y
Moray_Reads @Hobbinol also a phenomenol book. That was my first by Grossman 2y
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BookwormM
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Onto book 3 of my Man Booker International challenge😎

#MBI2017

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Anjuk
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It's set in a club in Israeli town of Netanya, where standup comedian Dov G tells about his tragic childhood experience in one evening amid jokes and slapstick comedy.
The story is told in a very sharp and succinct passages. It raises the basic question of dealing with reality in the moment of sudden loss.

andrew61 It's one on the man international booker shortlisted books, sounds good and id like to track it down. 2y
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Simona
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It's a novel about stand-up comic Dovaleh G and his performance (I guess- last one) in city Caesarea (Israel). He is #unlikeablecharaters from the beginning to the end. Through his performance/story we realize why is he so deeply offensive and at the end - yes, I liked him. Despite his ruthless and tasteless jokes. Not funny read, at all.

Bonus point - the author has used #hello in the story eight times

#aprilbookshowers #lyricalapril

Cinfhen ❤️nice spot!!! Definite bonus points😊 2y
Simona @Cinfhen Looks like very beautiful city and with a lot sightseeing options ... and with interesting history. This city is not chosen at random ... it seems to me. 2y
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Vikz
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I can see that this is an innovative, experimental work. But, I don't know if I was in the wrong mood, I couldn't get into it.

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Simona
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😔

Suet624 😩 2y
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Simona
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Book seven from #ManBookerInternationalPrize2017 longlist and #firstlineofcurrentread for #aprilbookshowers

David Grossman - #Israel 🇮🇱

#readingtheworld #readaroundtheworld

It's interesting and comparable to the Sellout by Paul Beatty.

Kristelh My library has this one, I should try try it. 2y
Simona @Kristelh I'm in the middle and so far it's okay. 2y
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GuiltyFeat
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Left work at 6 and drove to Jerusalem to hear David Grossman talk about his latest book which I read last month and his other works. What a fine mind, an articulate and compassionate speaker. I eagerly joined the queue to get my book signed.

#itwasagoodday

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Knowledgelost
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I'm still trying to put my thoughts together on this one. This would be a very difficult book to write. It's centred around a standup comedian who has a break down on stage. Humour is so subjective and to focus an entire work on stage would have been difficult. I think this would make a great stage production

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Knowledgelost
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Library haul. I think I'll read A Horse Walks into a Bar first