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In the Distance
In the Distance | Hernan Diaz
A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness. Hernan Diaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity (Bloomsbury 2012), managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. He lives in New York.
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BestDogDad
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August wrap. Much goodness here! Diaz‘s book was probably my favorite. It is now time for #scienceSeptember! #Augustwrapup

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BestDogDad
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In the Distance will end up being one of my 2019 top reads. I love melancholy fiction and this is one of the best I've read. The plot has its starts and stops, but the story never gets stale or boring. The writing is wonderful; particularly the descriptions of the changing landscapes, flora, fauna, and Håkan himself as his journey wears him down mentally and physically. It was a book that was hard to put down and will take a while to get over.

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BestDogDad
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Deep! I‘ve always wondered this. Why due humans bury themselves in a casket within a vault (in the US, anyway). I want my atoms out there, becoming something else!

Tamra Me too. 4mo
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BestDogDad
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This is wonderful! This book is exceeding my expectations.

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Angitron
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Håkan is a young boy when he‘s sent to America with his older brother. Almost immediately they‘re separated and Håkan, who was supposed to land in New York, finds himself in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush. He traverses the US in search of his brother, crossing paths with strange people and finding himself in nightmarish situations. Reading this felt like being trapped in a fever dream. Some of the imagery will never leave me!

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Cinfhen
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It‘s hard to place this book in a single box. It‘s a quasi western with some parts myth other fantasy. Hakan departs Sweden headed to NY but an unexpected instant alters his course & destiny. There are elements of Mary Shelly‘s Frankenstein as Hakan is a stranger in an unfamiliar land.
I found this story very bleak & at times unspeakable. This book is not for the faint hearted nor for one seeking action. This is slow & contemplative. 3 stars

Lizpixie #stacked Do we not have to follow the seasons in Booked? 9mo
Cinfhen Nope!!! You can mix & match and read whatever your heart or fickle mood desires @Lizpixie 😘😘 9mo
Lizpixie Really?? Damn, I‘ve been passing up books coz they fit a later prompt. Thanks for letting me know lovely!😘❤️❤️ 9mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Not sure what exactly I‘m reading and I‘m not sure why I made this an #ImpulseBuy on #KindleDailyDeal 🤷‍♀️It‘s really odd. Have you read this one @Reggie ?? Anyone?!?!

Cinfhen It also works for #genrebusting #booked2019 9mo
TrishB Quite a bit of Litsy love for it! 9mo
Reggie I have not read it. Sounds interesting though. 9mo
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Cathythoughts I liked it Cindy 👍🏻. It‘s very different 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s really odd and sometimes very disturbing @Cathythoughts but I‘m quite drawn to Hakan and don‘t want to stop reading. I think you‘d really like it @Reggie 9mo
Cinfhen @TrishB there is quite a bit of squeamish animal anatomy, it‘s not animal cruelty but it involves injured animals and it‘s pretty graphic. Not sure if you‘d be ok with reading it. 9mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 I probably won‘t bother. 9mo
Cathythoughts Yes I was drawn to Hakan too ... some reviews say he is like Mary Shelleys Frankenstein... I really feel for him on his journey! What a life 9mo
DivineDiana No, but it sounds interesting! 9mo
Suet624 I read it and at the end I was really glad I had. I felt as though I had been on quite the journey though. (edited) 8mo
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Mafiacisco
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This book is so strange. It's a western - but it isn't. It's about America(s?) and the civil war, and about hopelessness and fear and loneliness. The characters are colourful but blunt-edged in a way that I found myself flipping pages back and forth to search for the essential metaphor that I must have missed because all the painstaking detail seems irrelevant otherwise.

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Cathythoughts
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#MusicalNewYear #onmyown the tagged book is a solitary journey of one man , very good book.
The pics , on the left , my daughter in Queenstown today , a pic of just her , but I know that smile & she is visiting one of her best friends & he makes her laugh in a way that no one else can.
Pic on the right is of me & hubbys spin to west cork today .... solitary , silent , beautiful country ♥️

TrishB Lovely pics Cathy 💜 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thankyou my friend ♥️ 10mo
Cinfhen What a beautiful photo!!! Love your daughter‘s smile 😀 it‘s infectious 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely photos, Cathy. ❤️ 10mo
batsy Gorgeous pics 💙 10mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thankyou ♥️♥️♥️ 10mo
vivastory Great pictures! 10mo
Cathythoughts @vivastory 🙏🏻♥️ 10mo
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BookNAround
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This isn‘t going to be for everyone but if you like Frankenstein, westerns, epic journeys, and a sort of harsh dreamy narration, this is for you. Full review at http://booknaround.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-in-distance-by-hernan-diaz.html

tammysue Fabulous review Kristen! I‘m going to try to find a library copy of this. Stacking! 13mo
BookNAround @whatshesreadingnow Hope you enjoy it! 13mo
Beatlefan129 I have no idea if I‘ll like this, but I‘m intrigued. Stacked! 13mo
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BookNAround @Beatlefan129 It‘s slow moving and almost hallucinogenic at times. If you do try it, I hope you like it. 13mo
batsy That sounds amazing! 13mo
Suet624 I loved this book. @batsy I think you would too. 10mo
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mr_annie
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I can‘t quite believe this was a debut. Diaz‘s take on the Western is alien, spare and haunting. Håkan leaves his native Sweden in 1850 with his brother Linus, heading for New York. They are separated almost immediately and Håkan must walk the breadth of America to find him. His detached narration belies the depth of feeling that lurks beneath his imposing demeanour, and the result is an intense meditation on loneliness, home and friendship.

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Cathythoughts
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#OctoberXFiles #FeedMyFrankenstein I read this book a few months ago. About a man called The Hawk. Meant to be like Frankenstein, a solitary , lonely soul. Very good book 👍🏻❤️

TrishB Not heard of this one 👍🏻 13mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB very good & haunting 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Don‘t know this either. 13mo
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Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I would recommend it 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
RadicalReader @Cathythoughts absolutely astoundingly awesome book cover 13mo
Cathythoughts @RadicalReader yes! It‘s. Great cover 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
Cinfhen Sounds good 13mo
Cinfhen Would it be good for bookclub discussion??? 13mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen good question! Bookclub!?! I‘m not sure. It‘s a very solitary book. Might be good to recommend along with Frankenstein 👍🏻 13mo
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morgan_lionheart
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I'm really glad I read this on vacation, because I couldn't put it down. This is the most engaging book I have read in ages. A man travels alone in the wild west, becoming a legend in the process. Great storytelling, even when there were long lulls in the action.

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SwedePea
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I'm overwhelmed, I teared up even. @BookNAround went above and beyond with generosity! I'm beside myself, I don't often have the money to buy bookish things, so this is a real treat for me and I'm so so so thankful 😍😍😍

You have a special place in my heart @BookNAround THANK YOUUUUU!!!

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BookNAround
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Small presses sometimes publish the most interesting books. This is from Coffeehouse Press and so far, it‘s really good. I don‘t usually like Western set novels but I am enjoying this historical fiction about a young Swedish immigrant trying to make his way from California to New York to find his brother.

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Cathythoughts
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#HeatofJuly #Alone This haunting book is the first one that came to mind for #alone 💔. And it‘s the end of the month !!!

Thankyou for hosting a great month 🙏🏻

Cinfhen Clever choice 🧡💡🧡💡🧡 1y
Cinfhen And it sounds really good 1y
TrishB Sounds interesting 👍🏻 1y
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @TrishB it was really good 👍🏻 1y
BarbaraBB Thank you for playing along Cathy 😘. I have the book stacked! (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Ofcorse! A great month 🙏🏻 1y
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Cathythoughts
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I picked up this book randomly, only to find it a page turner that kept me up late last night & up early this morning to finish it. Hakans journey is an awesome one. I will be haunted by the image of him ( an incredible sight) , this legendary man , as he journeyed across America. His inner & outer landscapes mirroring each other. Arriving as a boy from Sweden at the time of the gold rush in the American west. My heart went out to this man. 👇🏻

Cathythoughts 👇🏻#HeyJune #GotToGetYouIntoMyLife @cinfhen @gypsykat the MC ,Hakan , brought up all my maternal instincts ... I would love to get him into my life ... he was so motherless & uncared for. Such isolation is disturbing... (edited) 1y
batsy Lovely review of a book that I've been meaning to read... 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy it‘s very good !! 👍🏻❤️ 1y
TrishB Lovely review 💕 1y
Suet624 A great read. 1y
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Cathythoughts
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The river is shimmering in the sunlight today. I think I‘ll give this book a go , I picked it up fairly randomly at the shop yesterday. 💙

TrishB Looks like a beautiful day 💕 1y
Cathythoughts @TrishB it‘s a beautiful day here .. the heat wave is beginning ☀️. I hope you are getting the good weather in Liverpool too 👍🏻 1y
GatheringBooks oooh! looks like an international title. am already intrigued. beautiful photos! 1y
Cathythoughts @GatheringBooks only started , but it‘s very promising 👍🏻❤️ 1y
TrishB It‘s been very hot today ☀️ 1y
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k.reads
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A fascinating and thought-provoking western! There is much to ponder and I‘m still wondering if I like the ending, but that‘s a good thing. (Pro tip: Read Frankenstein first! The author draws on a lot of Mary Shelley‘s images and themes.)

k.reads 📷: from my recent trip to Big Bend Natl. Park in west Texas 1y
batsy Great picture! This book is on my TBR and it's interesting to learn that he draws upon Frankenstein; it's one of my favourites. 1y
Suet624 I didn‘t pick up on the Frankenstein theme at all. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
k.reads @Suet624 once you see it, it‘s everywhere! 1y
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k.reads
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Perfect audiobook for a road trip west! 🏜🚙

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Suet624
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I just read this is a Pulitzer finalist! That‘s awesome! From the New York Times: A Debut Novel. A Tiny Press. A Pulitzer Finalist. https://nyti.ms/2HKPICI

batsy I need to read this!! 2y
Suet624 @batsy would love to hear your thoughts. 2y
DannyOlda I loved this book. Surprisingly very much a Western in the best way. 2y
Suet624 @DannyOlda I loved the book too. 💕💕💕 2y
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Suet624
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In a month I won‘t remember the name of this book, but I‘ll remember the scenes and events that took place. In the 1800‘s the MC goes in search of his brother, spending his life trying to get from the west to the east coast. It‘s a story of loneliness, resourcefulness, brutal weather, despair, love and loss. It‘s not uplifting (can you tell?) but it‘s quite the journey. At times I had to nudge myself to keep going, but I‘m glad I made the effort.

Redheadrambles It was really good I thought as well, such a different kind of Western 2y
Suet624 @Redheadrambles I loved the visual of his coat with the mountain lion head for a hood. 2y
Redheadrambles @Suet624 I know right, he got so clever at sewing! 2y
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batsy You had me at "It's not uplifting" ? But seriously, I've had this on my TBR and it sounds truly unique. Great review. 2y
Suet624 @batsy I love how you leap for the dismal reads. 😂😂😂 2y
Suet624 @batsy just a reminder of my review. 10mo
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Redheadrambles
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What a little gem hidden away in the ToB longlist.

This is a novel of solitude. A Western very much from the point of view of an "outsider" or at least one who see's himself as other. I don't think I have read another book that conveys so well being in a country where you don't speak the language.
This would be great on film. Two hours of mostly just a man riding through a desert but still it could work as a subversive Western.

BarbaraBB Wow, sounds great! Thanks for bringing it up! 2y
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB yeah surprised it has not had more promotion it really kicks the ass of many other books in the ToB - it‘s not perfect and it takes a wee while to get into but still it‘s good ! 2y
Redheadrambles Also 100% “Pick” from all four of us who have read it on here 😉 2y
AceOnRoam Beautiful photo 😍 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Only 7 books and 1500 pages this month. However, I have also been working on 3 longer reads, 1 and maybe 2 of which I will finish in March. Fave is tagged. A great month for #1001books. #februaryreads

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AudreyMorris
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This novel tells the story of a very original character, Hakan Soderstrom. When he is 13? 14? He and his older brother Linus (16?) are sent from Sweden to NY via Portsmouth—their parents could only afford 2 tix. He loses Linus in Portsmouth, and decides to look for him on ship. And ends up in SF. From there he tries to get to NY, having many accidental adventures. Very good and really quite sad. Reminded me of Patrick DeWitt‘s novels a bit.

shawnmooney I can‘t wait to try this! Excellent review! 2y
Redheadrambles Just reading this now it really is very good 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Next up for current fiction! I am loving this cover.

shawnmooney I came across a tweet earlier today about this book, looked it up on Goodreads, and probably added it to my TBR. Can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 2y
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Heatherleegee
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My coworker recommended this book and I wasn‘t sure about it until I got to this page. Woah, Hernan Diaz is brilliant. Not only is he a master of lists, he‘s a master of language, and this paragraph is a perfect example. This book is one that‘s meant to be read slowly and take its time, but it‘s definitely worth it

Redheadrambles Agree agree ! It‘s great ! 2y
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AudreyMorris
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Went to the library to pick up a crochet book on hold. Had to wait in line next to the new fiction. Came home with these. I am feeling cocky with 11 days left in January and just over 200 pages in January reads to go. 😜

batsy That Hernan Diaz book sounds good! 2y
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DannyOlda
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much of Western this book actually was. The novel was deeply existential and introverted in a way that really made me cherish the pages. However, to be clear, the story was brutal in illustrating the indifference of a nation to an immigrant, of nature to a man. My only complaint is that the conclusion felt wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly. Otherwise, a great read.

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DannyOlda
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Loved this quick thought on language.

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DannyOlda
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Tombolo, a new pop up book shop in down town St. Pete. So well curated. I got In the Distance by Hernan Diaz there. I'm really enjoying it and I'm not sure if I would have taken the chance on it if I hadn't stopped by this shop.