This haul meant a lot to me not just because it came from Books Are Magic but because of the time I got to spend with friend & author Bianca Marais before and after ☺️ #bookhaul
The Nobel Prize winners!!
Finally the day is here we are headed to Hawaii so thankful and grateful to be able to move there 🙌🏽🙏😋
I've been reading this book off and on for two months, finally finishing it before the end of #WITmonth - I wouldn't really call this a novel as much as it is fragments with some shared themes. I enjoyed some of the writing and was glad one of the stories came back to conclude in the end. There are themes of travel, moving, death, relationships and what you can/can't control, and home. ⤵️
I showed great restraint at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, I walked away with only one book, which was gifted to me by the fabulously witty & wonderful @MicheleinPhilly ♥️However, when it came to pizza, cookies and girly chatter there was no holding back. Perfect day in Philly with a great friend 😃 Always a blast, Michele 😘
“Standing there on the embankment, staring into the current, I realized that—in spite of all the risks involved—a thing in motion will always be better than a thing at rest; that change will always be a nobler thing than permanence; that that which is static will degenerate and decay, turn to ash, while that which is in motion is able to last for all eternity.”
― Olga Tokarczuk, Flights
#quote #favourite #literaryfiction #womenintranslation
In Flights, we‘re not just exploring what it means to be a traveler in the conventional sense, but in all the ways travel can occur - throughout time, life, even an actual body. The stories are all of differing lengths- some go on for numerous pages & some are as short as a few sentences. What I found most fascinating is how some connect - characters in a story later pop up in another story, told from a new point of few hundreds of pages later.
True story: In my Litsy profile pic, I am holding a preserved human brain. (At the National Science Fair. It's not like I keep brains in my house, people!)
While my library has categorized this existential novel as short stories, I disagree. I‘m not sure what is, but I am sure that I loved it. It‘s an electrifying accumulation of fragmentary flights of fancy, historical & contemporary, interconnected in a variety of ways, most especially by the themes of escape & the preservation of human corpses. After the #audiobook, I picked it up in print to better absorb the magnificent language. #translation
That smile of theirs holds—or so it strikes us—a kind of promise that perhaps we will be born anew now, this time in the right time and the right place.
(Author photo from Internet)
My five-star reads this month include one that I‘ve not yet reviewed on Litsy: Flights. I‘m still gathering up the pieces from the way it exploded my mind.
I‘m 4 hours into this astonishing #audiobook and feeling alternately intrigued by the situations and lulled by the language. I had expected a collection of short stories but many of these brief pieces are more like prose poems or poetic essays. I‘m going to pick up the print version because there are so many great passages that I want to spend time absorbing and rereading.
I was excited by the premise of this book and, like a lot of other reviewers have pointed out, it has some beautiful prose, but by the end I was really wanting to be done with it. The most interesting stories (the ones mentioned in the blurb) are the shortest ones and the longest ones are kind of dreadful.
Some beautiful writing. But self-indulgent, pretentious. Lazy? It seemed like a mishmash of musings on travel and encounters in airports, a few short stories on struggling couples, and then morbid stories involving plastination, old school autopsies and embalmed medical curios. Would have loved a book with just the journey stories. There is beautiful writing in the book but little cohesion.
I loved this puzzle of a book. I think at least in part it is about travel as a significant part of the human experience. We travel in the vessels of our bodies; and our bodies (or parts of them) can travel without us after we‘re gone. And maybe we can travel absent our physical bodies as well. There are subtle threads that tie the narratives in the book together, and the stories are sad and beautiful.
“Every moment is unique; no moment can ever be repeated. This idea favors risk-taking, living life to the fullest, seizing the day. And yet the innovation is a profoundly bitter one: when change over time is irreversible, loss and mourning become daily things.”
Really enjoying this book so far.
Not sure this the time for a challenging book, but going to give it at least 50 pages.
This was a challenging book, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. I saw this as not so much a novel as a presentation of a theory in the form of fiction, much in the vein of Kafka, who she makes allusions to in the text. She seems to be putting forth a theory of time that depends on movement through space-that time is not linear but a group of segments represented by each of the spaces occupied by a body at any given time. 👇🏻👇🏻
I‘m bailing on this for the time being. I found each essay / short story interesting in its own right but it didn‘t come together and I couldn‘t get traction or stay interested. It seemed disjointed. This might improve when you get further into the book but I‘ll have to wait until I‘m back in London to find out (I‘ve left it there). 😉
#MBI2018Winner enjoying this so far.
Health update seen the doctor today my bug from last week is now a chest infection I have a 7 day course of antibiotics and another week without my arthritis injection 😭😭😭
3.5 stars. Reading this is a journey in itself - both internal and external. I understand why it's getting mixed reviews as it's the type of book that you either stick through or just bail out of. For me, it started off amazingly, then lost momentum slowly. As such, you kind of glide through until the end. Would still recommend this. Target reader seems to be some kind of 'postmodern traveler,' I think.
Ever have those times when you put off reading a book because the description hits too close to home and there's just something frightening about starting the journey? Like a trip you've always dreamed of; one you've planned forever. Maybe you're afraid of disappointment, maybe you're afraid it'll reveal a little too much about you. Or maybe you're just putting off a voice articulating the things you can't speak of.
The 2018 Man Booker International winner, out in August from @riverheadbooks! I can‘t wait to read it! 💛🖤💛
Congratulations! I‘d swear I bought every other book on the shortlist. Any fans out there? http://www.cbc.ca/books/flights-by-polish-writer-olga-tokarczuk-wins-2018-man-bo...
Finally finished! So 1/6 on the #manbookerinternational2018 shortlist, and also Poland for #litworld2018gb!
I really enjoyed this and thought it was beautifully written, incredibly quotable, really original. I‘ve never read a book structured in barely-connected vignettes like this and I found it really interesting. Maybe I found bits of it a bit grizzly if I‘m honest, but I did enjoy it.
Time flies. I didn‘t read any of the Man Booker International longlist. Now it is already reduced to the shortlist and the two books I have been meaning to read (and bought) aren‘t even among them! Lots of catching up to do, I don‘t know where to start! Any suggestions are welcome! @Simona have you read them all?