"I'm a genius, I'm telling you, words come out of my mouth that even I don't understand."
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.
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!
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".
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
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.
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 🙋
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!! 😘
#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
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.
#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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
#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.
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
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
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.
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
Book seven from #ManBookerInternationalPrize2017 longlist and #firstlineofcurrentread for #aprilbookshowers
David Grossman - #Israel 🇮🇱
It's interesting and comparable to the Sellout by Paul Beatty.
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