The book shined for me with its telling of lost childhood and humanity.
Perhaps Luiselli was trying to reach the children caught and forgotten within the inhumane US immigration policy, to feel them as real, to personalize their suffering and fragility by using her own fictional loss of a marriage and child. Whatever it was, it felt very personal and I was mesmerized listening and I miss it now. Special novel.
This book features the US #borderline- I enjoyed reading it earlier this year, although it‘s not an easy one to read - it required a lot of concentration and also covers difficult subjects...
A disastrous road trip, an imploding marriage, missing children and a crisis looming at the US/ Mexican #borderline make for an unforgettable story. This book was haunting and compelling. Highly recommended in print as there are lots of visuals included in the storytelling.
A deeply moving novel about family dynamics and the way our lives are affected by larger events happening in society—in this case, the migrant children refugee crisis at the southern US border. The #audiobook is a rich experience with four different narrators—including the author—slowly building layers of prose, metafiction, fragments of documents, descriptions of photos. Compassionate and unforgettable.
So, I‘m listening on audio and completely in love with this book and the voice reading (who might be the author?). And I would be highlighting and quoting if I wasn‘t driving. It‘s beautiful and intimate on sound-culture-parenting-marriage-childhood-traveling-landscapes-abuse-of-refugee-children-and-sound. And, a little over halfway through the narrator and reading voice has changed. So just wanted to capture this feeling a little before I go on.
…I get asked about my accent & place of birth & I say no, I was not born in this country & when I say where I was born, I don‘t even get a nod in return, just a cold dead silence, as if I‘ve confessed to sin.
My husband thinks Kerouac‘s On the Road would be a perfect choice. “Even if the children won‘t get the meaning,” he says, “We can all enjoy the rhythm of it as we drive.”
Quite enjoyed the first 30 minutes of this, this afternoon.
Not an easy book to read, both in terms of style and subject matter, but I enjoyed it.
I preferred the section narrated by the boy, as I found the parents rather insufferable and the storyline became even more hard-hitting when seen through more innocent eyes.
This wasn‘t an “easy” book to read, but I had to give it 5* for the impression it made and the length of time I suspect it will stay with me. #ToB
A blended family of documentarians sets out from New York to the Southwest, as the narrator considers what it means to live in America, a country that exists because of genocide and where the border is a war zone, and what we owe to the places we are born and live and die.
Reading this book was a bit overwhelming it talks about the current immigration crisis by telling the story of a “weird” family.
The relationships are complex and there is a lot of beauty in the language, tone and references however it‘s too MUCH.
This book left me drained there are too many underlying messages making it really hard to follow wouldn‘t appeal to most people I feel like you would have to be some type of humanities aficionado.
Lovely view from the campervan this morning at Robin Hood‘s Bay.... yesterday we could hardly see the sea! The book is good so far as well.
I loved the writing and the premise of the story. Part road trip novel, part crumbling marriage story, all with the backdrop of the immigration crisis. Sadly, the ending did not do it for me. Especially the seemingly endless stream of consciousness pages towards the end in the voice of the boy. I think it is difficult to do child narrators well and the last pages of the book did not do it for me.
Intimate and powerful. Told through many mediums. This book was lyrical, timely, haunting and incredibly sad. I‘m surprised this didn‘t make The Booker shortlist. It‘s the best I‘ve read from the long-list.
Not just about journeys but an exploration of the ways we try to document our experiences. It centers on a family road trip in which the marriage is crumbling, a father intent on capturing the sound echoes of the last steps of Geronimo, a journalist investigating the disappearance of 2 girls detained at the border, a brother capturing an adventure for a sibling likely too young to remember the trip. Poignant, hopeful. I loved the boy's story most.
I‘m meant to be on a #BookBuyingBan until December 1 BUT this is a book I started from the library and didn‘t have time to finish PLUS it‘s really a bday gift for a special Litten 🎁💝So if your name starts with a T and ends with an H and you live in Liverpool don‘t buy this book 😜and I hope you‘re cool with me reading the last 150 pages 😘
Hauntingly beautiful. The audiobook is amazing, highly recommend. I especially enjoyed the literal blending of voices. So brilliant.
This book was so brilliant, beautiful and heartbreaking. The horrific story of children crossing the southern border to come to the U.S. The perception and imagination of the boy and the girl. And the pain of the parents as they grapple with history, current events, and their personal crises. I‘m really sad this one didn‘t make the Booker shortlist. #LitsyAtoZ
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A heartbreaking and beautifully woven tale of a family on a road trip. Their past and their uncertain futures are explored through the parents‘ two projects: one on lost children at the US border and one on the lost Apaches. I loved this so much. The language and writing is so rich and layered. And the way the stories converged was brilliant. #tob2020
I want to read like this more. This book, in fact, forced me to slow down and savor words in a way I do not often do.
August 2019 reading wrap up:
Human Acts: Han Kang 4 🌟 📖🎧
The Wall: John Lanchester 3.5 🌟🎧
Middlegame: Seanan McGuire 2 🌟 📖
Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli 4..5 🌟📖🎧
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: Ocean Vuong 4 🌟🎧
Queenie: Candice Carty-Williams 3 🌟🎧
Clock Dance: Anne Tyler 2 🌟📖🎧
The Memory Police: Yoko Ogawa 4 🌟🎧
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms : N. K. Jemisin 3.5 🌟📖
Suite Francaise: Irene Nemirovsky 3 🌟📖🎧
I really enjoyed the structure of this sad (I think) intimate family portrait and illumination of the plight of migrant children. The archival type structure would have been even more powerful in print. I love the theme of capturing “lost” or “ghost” sounds as remnants of people and events. Makes me realize how much I don‘t consciously register. It is a slow moving narrative, but that only reinforces the intimacy.
Where do I start with this self-consciously erudite, slow-paced, "thinky" book? I loved it. No, it's not "right" that the telling of the sad break-up of a marriage and young family foregrounds that of the suffering of refugee children. Yet here we are. I liked the structural echoes. I liked the characters' anonymity. I liked the parent/child relationships. Mostly I liked pondering what she was driving at in the pursuit of echoes of lost things.
Audio baking banana bread. The secret to this recipe is crushed pineapple - keeps it super moist. 😋 You don‘t taste it at all.
So far I‘m liking Luiselli‘s writing voice.
I‘m really disappointed / I was hoping to finish all these books before my flight tomorrow but I only managed to complete 2 ( Stella Fortuna & Handmaid‘s Tale) and I‘m going to have to speed read/skim through the last third of Lost Children 😬 Had a wonderful holiday but my reading time was awful 😖🙁I‘m ready to get back to my regular schedule and ya‘ll know I‘m bringing LOTS of books back with me 😜
In this novel we follow a family of 4 as they road trip from NYC to Arizona. The father is interested in Apaches and wants to visit historical sights to do a project on the echos and ghosts of Apaches. At the same time the mother is interested in the immigration from the south and the lost children.
This was my third read from the Booker Longlist and even though I enjoyed the book, I‘m not sure I‘ll root for it to make it the shortlist.
#AyUpAugust Playing catch-up 😉Lots of #TaintedLove in this deeply contemplative story of a family on the brink of implosion. It‘s not an easy read but I‘m taking my time & allowing the authors‘ tone to simmer & boil.
Good, atmospheric, slow paced story about migrations and marriage falling apart. Usually stories like this, meditation on family relations, mixed with some broader topics works really well for me, but unfortunately, not in this case ... Good, but not for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPriza2019
A family heading out of NYC heading southwest into an inhospitable landscape. Book is brewing with tension and provocation. Intense/ thoughtful/ haunting observations. Im hooked! Coincidently, I‘m traveling into NYC🚘
Borrowing picture from @Megabooks
I‘m doing both readathons and starting a little late.
My tbr for the weekend is the tagged book. For the week I hope to start The Wall.
I have plans this weekend and next and working during the week, so not sure about how many hours I‘ll read. But the important thing is to have fun.
#bookerprize This has been my favorite of the Booker books so far. I have been a fan of Luiselli since The Story of my Teeth.
Amazing...I see why it has gotten so much attention. So layered yet I really connected with all the characters. I listened to this on Scrbid and read the physical book. Great to hear the sound recording that are described in the book and get to see the pictures referenced. This is a text I would love to study. 4.5 🌟
I get why people like it. I even get why it is nominated for The Booker Prize, and I wouldn‘t be surprised if it won. Its themes are great, current and important. It had so many moments of beauty.
But, in spite of all that, I was BORED! I had to stop listening ti this driving home from work, otherwise I was at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel on the highway. 😴
A truly wonderful book that many many people should read. Beside the incredible well written plot of a marriage falling apart and the children noticing, it describes the reality of our current world, in which our leaders refuse child refugees at our borders, and leave them by themselves in the most inhumanly way. Must read and must win the #Bookerprize
(Pic: Southampton, New York)
#bookerprize2019 longlist 5/13
Adored this one too, the longlist is looking very strong so far. I loved all the relationships and speakers, it wove multiple stories together perfectly. I don‘t often like stories that skip between narrators but this one just did it so well. A crucial book for Europe as well as the US now: the shifting populations and ghosts of past violence in a beautiful landscape were eerie, touching and just very important
Happy weekend! Just so grateful I got here, after being sick in the week and then working in the shop til 9.30 yesterday. I‘m heading out again in a few hours for a couple people‘s birthday thing and theeeen I‘m out tomorrow but rn I have a few hours to read, listen to Clairo‘s new album (which I recommend!) and try not to spill coffee in my bed. Also going to finally have the luxury of properly scrolling Litsy and seeing what everyone‘s up to