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The Remainder
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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Lindy
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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Thousands of missing loved ones, “disappeared” by Pinochet‘s security forces, haunt subsequent generations of Chileans. In this dizzying, surreal, gritty, funny and heartbreaking novel, a corpse has gone astray when ash prevents planes from landing in Santiago, prompting the trippiest of road trips. I feel forever changed by my journey through this book, #translated by Sophie Hughes.

TrishB Stacked👍🏻 1mo
Lindy @TrishB Excellent! I should have mentioned that it was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize this year. 🎉 1mo
Blaire Great review! #stacked 1mo
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Lindy @Blaire 😘 1mo
batsy Lovely review! This has been on my radar; glad to see that it worked for you. 1mo
Lindy @batsy I think you will enjoy this. 😊 1mo
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Lindy
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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…I went about gorging on nectar as I picked the city flowerless, snatching dismembered petals, petals that I tore from the sepals & the stamens & the corollas & the anthers & the receptacles, which I left floating in the gutters, there among the tadpoles I abandoned those shredded flowers, white canoes in the muddy water for the tadpoles to paddle with, pistils floating with their ugly bug captains, & there I was, winding my way through Santiago…

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Lindy
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[…] and then day broke and I still hadn‘t gathered my thoughts; they were still lost in the night and everybody knows that the daytime thoughts and the nighttime thoughts never find each other again […]

Cathythoughts Good quote ❤️👍🏻 (edited) 1mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Thanks! With this very quotable novel, it‘s necessary to just grab a chunk of prose because sentences can go on for pages. 1mo
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Lindy
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Her Spanish was correct but old-fashioned, the kind you might still hear in parts of Sweden, Berlin, Canada, but which to me sounded hollow, or perhaps hollowed out.

Sace Stacking for the quote alone. 1mo
Lindy @Sace The prose in this novel is dizzying in the best way. 1mo
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merelybookish
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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The last installment of my Coffee House Press subscription arrived yesterday with a bonus book tote! 😀

Bianca I love that tote. 4mo
merelybookish @Bianca Thanks! I'm loving it. As is my cat who likes sleeping on it. 😺 3mo
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RebeccaH
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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Currently reading!

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BookwormM
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern

#MBI2019 our predictions for winner are now up on the blog www.thereadersroom.org can‘t wait to see if we are right.

Thank you @tstan and @Emilymdxn for joining the panel and sharing your views.

Simona My winner is The Shape of the Ruins, but I‘ll be happy with The Years also 🤞 7mo
tstan Thank you for organizing and posting. My job was easy! I always appreciate reading books with a different perspective. 7mo
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BookwormM
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#MBI2019 #ReadAroundtheWorld

Imagine the Sixth Sense film as a road trip book

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Emilymdxn
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The first #mbi2019 #manbookerinternational2019 book to blow me away! I could happily see it make the short list and win. I wasn‘t always completely sure what was happening, but the language and characters meant I didn‘t completely care. It was trippy, fairytale-ish and absurdist and I could have read it for double the length. Comparing this to the shape of the ruins, I think I prefer my political novels as dreamy and bizarre as possible.

mreads Poor Earnesto . Grat book, not sure I understand what happened at the end. 8mo
Emilymdxn @mreads I‘m not clear on the ending either, I know I loved reading it but not much more! 8mo
Simona I like how we disagree on almost all books from longlist 😘 8mo
Emilymdxn @Simona I‘m incredibly impressed anyone got anything out of the shape of the ruins! 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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Happy Sunday everybody! I should finish this one today for the man booker international list, I‘m really loving this one which is a relief after the shape of the ruins.

BookwormM So far we have all enjoyed this one 👍😃 9mo
BookwormM So far we have all enjoyed this one 👍😃 9mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m at around 5.5 hours for #24b4monday and just starting on my next #manbookerinternational2019 pick! The writing style is amazing so far I‘m so excited.

It‘s a Friday, it feels like spring and I‘m just waiting for my bf at the cinema to see Us which I‘m very excited for. Good evening!

Naj Great plans! Have fun 9mo
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Simona
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Story is set in the Chile after the fall of Pinochet‘s regime and the focus isn‘t on the direct victims of the dictatorship, but on the second generation, children of those who fought against the repression. I think that this was great idea, to tell the story how dark parts of the history doesn‘t end with a single generation. Story is told through two main characters, which are diametrically opposed to each other in perceiving events around ... 👇

Simona ... them. The author perfectly succeeds in showing this contrast through the prose (two extremely different types of narration), but unfortunately the chapters quite quick becomes very repetitive. While I do think that the prose is beautiful, premise of the story very intriguing and that characters are interesting ... 👇 9mo
Simona ... but I also think that the execution is weak, lacking of something more deeper and constructive, and especially hallucinogenic end spoils the whole story. #MBIP2019 #ManBookerInternationalPrize 9mo
BookwormM I enjoyed this one 9mo
Simona Definitely it was not bad, but I call ending like this - lazy, and ends like this absolutely spoils my previous enjoyment. I‘m unmerciful with such ends ... 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
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mreads
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Set in Chile, centers on 3 adult children of ex-miliatants and the return of Paloma bringing her mother's body back from exile for burial. Really this is about the fallout of the regime and growing up in the wake of that violence. Each chapter is told in alternating POV of Felipe and Iquela. Felipe's told in a manic state of single sentence and Iquela more conventional but with an obsessiveness on words.

Long listed for the Booker International

GatheringBooks looks exactly like my kind of read! 8mo
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deadrabbitsbooks
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Just got this beaut by Alia Trabucco Zeran in from @coffeehousepress & we‘re so pumped to read it ❤️
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