I love this idea of this book, but ugh, no quotation marks. Not sure if I‘ll make it through.
I have decided that there are certain books where what you take from them depends on what sort of person you are. I‘m very logical, mathematical, scientific. Books like this require some strong imaginative streak that I don‘t possess. Some reviewers have seen incredible imagery in this book. For me, it was a string of incohesive paragraphs that made for a dull read. I would have bailed but for the fact that it‘s a book club read.
Census has won the Summer ToB and I liked it a lot. That strange atmosphere, the relationship between father and son. I even voted for it in the zombie round of this year‘s #ToB2019. And yet I hope The Golden State will win today. Maybe (probably) because I read it more recently and I can still feel how the main character struggled with motherhood, her love and frustration, her uncertainty. And relate to it.
Jesse Ball's Census was an interesting read (well, I listened on Scribd). It begins with a gorgeous introduction in which Ball explains that he's writing the book in part as a tribute to his brother who had Down's Syndrome. In the novel, the unnamed (I think?) protagonist and his son are traveling the (also unnamed) country, which is divided into 26 segments, each designated a letter of the alphabet. (continued in comments)
To date this is my least favorite #TOB2019 shortlisted book. It was a little too surreal for me. The story is about a dying man in an unnamed place going from town to town with his Downs Syndrome affected son as his companion. Their mission is to undertake some sort of census work though it was never clear to me the point of the census.
Finished Census in my 2019 challenge to have my own little #TournamentOfBooks .
Decent writing. There were several passages that made me stop and chew for a bit, which is awesome and appreciated. And there‘s some depth here that may take a little more post read contemplation time before it really comes alive. However, this one wasn‘t my cup of tea.
Starting this on audio because it is SHORT!! It is odd, though. Is this author one of those odd ducks that gives just enough to feel that “something is a little off somewhere” vibe? #TOB2019
This is an introspective novel told from the point of view of a dying father, traveling north with his son conducting a census. It is both alike and unlike anything I have ever read. I found it to be compelling and thought-provoking.
This won the summer tournament, so it has an automatic spot in the 2019 Tournament of Books. #tob
I get it. It‘s just not my personal wheelhouse. I often found myself thinking of what I was going to read next (and coming to no conclusion). There are some very touching & thought provoking points. I have familiarity with the US census & US road trips, so I had to keep reminding myself this is set in some other place. #bookclub #audiobooks #libraries #libby #supportlibraries
It‘s the end of the summer and the winner of the 2018 Rooster Summer Reading Challenge is Census by Jesse Ball. This means it now has a guaranteed spot in the 2019 Tournament of Books, which kicks off next March.
Of the three finalists this was my favorite but I am not sure it should have beaten Circe in the first round. Anyhow, it has been a fun challenge again. #ToB
It‘s going to take me some time to absorb what I just read. I liked it but I can‘t say for sure if I understood it fully. I think this book will need to gestate for a while.
1. I watch so few movies that I can't even remember the last one I watched, even on Netflix. Huh.
2. Walk around someplace new.
3. Zero. As in zero calls to return, zero chores left to do, zero places I need to go today.
4. Ugh. I felt like it was trying too hard to be mysterious and did the opposite of info dumping. Info hoarding?
Still trying to finish 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide
After this I only have 5 to read.
Sunday morning porch reading. Finally decided on Census after flailing about for a few days unable to settle on what to read next. It‘s interesting how out of sorts I feel when I don‘t have an active book going but a bunch of maybes on the periphery. #booknerdproblems
Ostensibly a vaguely post-apocalyptic story of a dying widower and his adult son with Down Syndrome. They travel through a series of towns administering a mysterious census. Based on the author‘s intro, I think this is an allegory of any parents as they raise a disabled child. See my Bookstagram or GR reviews for more details—and beware of spoilers! #tournamentofbooks
This is an immensely moving novel which I enjoyed much more than I expected to. Census requires a high tolerance for plotless narrative from its reader. Census is a meditation on the human condition. It is about the elusiveness and sometimes triviality of the many and disparate things that make us who we are, and the complexity of the ways we interacted with each other on both personal and more broadly societal levels. #indiebuddyreads
This had experimental, lyrical warning signs posted all over it and some ho-hum reviews from people I follow. But startle me with a Double-crested cormorant if I didn't fall hard for it in the end.
This is an odd, almost Daliesque story, a melancholy road trip from towns A-Z, meeting random strangers in their homes and taking a "census" of their life. It's mood is philosophical, poetic, surrealist, puzzling
A challenge, but worth it.
This book is immensely quotable...it‘s unusual but I‘m enjoying it so far #indiebuddyreads
In between watching way too many football matches I managed to finish this wonderful book.
It takes some getting into but once I became used to the style I felt mesmerized most of the time. A father is dying and takes his son, who has Down syndrome, on a roadtrip from A to Z. They are census takers and so meet many different people with different stories. But most of all it is their own story: their memories and the coming end. So very touching.
@Neale Elvis says he's sorry, but he would only fly if he was allowed in the cabin with me, plus he has this important job of cleaning up the forest - who will store away all these random pieces of wood and dig holes if he was in AUS? #dogswithjobs #thisisMYterritory #terrierpower #dogsoflitsy
Chloe is so cute!!
Wow super powerful and very personal introduction by Jesse Ball .
I am feeling really late to this June #indiebuddyreads even though the discussion is this weekend. Just about to open the cover finally although nervous after scanning the reviews of the other buddyreaders ! @Neale @AceOnRoam @Redwritinghood @MeikeReads @ClairesReads @mklong @Marchpane that everyone?
Jesse Ball's tribute to his brother was difficult to find my way in to, but in the end I felt closer to the characters than I thought possible in the beginning. Ball's intention is to get to the essence of the characters in the novel, so everyone remains nameless in a recognizable, but vague, time and place. While he does make you work for it, and I won't pretend to have grasped everything, I think he succeeded. #IndieBuddyReads
It‘s #indiebuddyreads time again and this one is going to be divisive!