I‘m home sick today, which gave me the perfect opportunity to scroll back through all (!!!!!!) my posts while watching old seasons of Drag Race. I posted my first post in May 2016, and while I started on a negative note (still don‘t like the book), my Litsy experience has been beyond positive and wonderful ❤️❤️ #LitsyMemories #FirstPost
"Like you've thrown a plum and an orchard comes back at you. [...] These two completely different things, a note and a room, finding each other. [...] Do you think that's what we mean by love, Mr Evans? The note that comes back to you? That finds you even when you don't want to be found? That one day you find someone, and everything they are comes back to you in a strange way that hums? That fits. That's beautiful."
I‘ve read a lot about WWII but knew nothing of the railway through the Burmese jungle built by Australian POWs. The topics are HUGE- love war death obedience honesty loyalty forgiveness. Flannigan made me see all these in a different light. It‘s a brutal but brilliant read. I loved it in audio, the narrators New Zealand accent was very compelling.
2014 #manbookerprize winner 📖🏅
Not sure what to say about this one. Horrid detail in the POW section but that was expected and contributed to the plot. Beautifully description about life and love in other chapters. Characters are so simple to imagine. But it's left me feeling quite sad. Which I guess it would. And should. Very glad I've read it though.
This is a gripping, vivid story about death and violence and the terrible traits of humanity, and all the ways we destroy and degrade and torment each other. It was inspired by the author‘s father‘s grueling experiences as a POW working on the notorious “Death Railway” during WW2, in which starving and dying prisoners were forced by the Japanese to hack through the Burmese jungle and build a railway from Bangkok to Rangoon. It's not an easy read.
I‘m so behind with my bookstagram posts - I read this back in the summer when I had pneumonia but the book‘s impact has lingered (much like the impact of the pneumonia unfortunately). It doesn‘t flinch from the horror of the Burma death railway and the evil of those who ordered its construction.
Having lived in Tasmania for many years, this novel, of course resonated with me and made me smile when it spoke of places that I am deeply familiar with. The actions of my neighbour, a WWII veteran who would get drunk, sing and piss on his lemon bush makes a lot more sense now. Also I've heard criticism of Darky ending up being Dorry's nephew but this is so possible, everyone is connected in Tassie.
I read a lot of historical fiction, and specifically a lot of WWII era historical fiction, but this book has stuck with me since I read it more than two years ago. Dorrigo Evans isn‘t the most likable character, and this is a hard read with scenes of a Japanese prisoner of war camp and so much suffering, but this book is wonderfully written and powerful.
"Who he was he had no idea..." I get the sense that Dorry will never have an idea. Will that be the point of the book? It does seem to question existence and meaning quite regularly. I am enjoying this novel but not finding it as poignant as perhaps it was meant to be.
A beautiful day for an #audiowalk by The Thames today. I finished this one, which was a five star read for me. I don‘t always like authors narrating their own books, but I thought Richard Flanagan did a good job in this case. A harrowing but wonderful and haunting read which I will not forget in a long time.
Just settling into this on audio, read by the author, and so far it is dripping with wisdom. A powerful read.
#Firstsentence @BarbaraBB what a great idea ! I haven‘t read all this book ( but I intend to ) the opening paragraph ( not sentence ) I love this” toddling back & forth in and out of transcendent welcome...into the arms of women who loved him “ ❤️❤️❤️I tag @jdtchicago @TrishB @Andrew65 @Ms_T @Centique @EvieBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Izai.Amorim & all Littens 💖
Book 4 that I've started today. It's been a great day so far despite the constant headache. I know this one is going to be hard, but also hopefully great.
I was tagged by @kspenmoll and - pile of #blue books for #boockcolortag
tagging: @batsy @BarbaraBB @Izai.Amorim @maich @Ms_T and the color is #gold or #silver
from top: L.Smith, W.Raeper - A beginner's guide to ideas
B.Green - Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos
Such a brilliant book and some harrowing jungle scenes... I could not find my copy and must have lent it out 😬 - I'm now making a list of books I have to 're-buy' ! As if my book buying problem wasn't bad enough... 📚🙄 #welcometothejungle #JuneTunz day 23
This book packs one hell of a punch. Not for the faint of heart (some truly horrifying scenes from the WWII POW camp in which most of the book takes place), but well worth the experience for anyone willing to endure it. If I had any criticism, it would be that the relationship/peacetime portions weren't as masterful as the wartime ones, but the prose is consistently superb throughout. I won't quickly forget this one.
Some books from my shelves #setinsoutheastasia #Aprilbookshowers. I highly recommend The Narrow Road To The Deep North.
Given how close I live to the region I have read very few books set there. Need to get on it! I'm enjoying seeing all your recommendations. 🙂
This is the only book I have on my shelves which is #setinsoutheastasia. So to make up for it I included my pretty elephant I bought in Myanmar almost five years ago. 🐘 hopefully all the posts for today's prompt can inspire me a bit, so I can add more SE Asian books to my shelves 📚
This was a terrific audiobook. But, wow, some of the POW scenes were horrific. There's just no way around that if you want a realistic story of WWII POWs.
This book...wow. Prepare yourself before reading. It is heavy reading, but well worth it. We are told the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian soldier in World War II who is imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp in Burma. The novel journeys through time, to Dorrigo's days before, during, and after the war. Various perspectives, including other POWs and their Japanese captors, are included. The book is powerful, gritty, and challenging. ⬇️
A good book, he had concluded, leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul.