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Before the Feast
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
It s the night before the feast in the village of Fu rstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman he s dead. And Mrs. Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr. Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than to quit smoking."
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sisilia
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Day 3 of #7Days7Covers

Tagging @minkyb 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

TheSpineView That cover makes me think of fall.🧡🍁 3mo
Eyelit Love this! 3mo
minkyb @sisilia I am away for a couple of days but I will start when I get back home. 🤗 3mo
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nosferatu
Vor dem Fest: Roman | Sasa Stanisic
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Pickpick

I should really try to read more contemporary German literature. Good stuff 🦊👍

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emtobiasz
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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I was being so good about not raiding the library book sale, but when bag day corresponds with my day off, all willpower goes out the window. Two bags for $12! #bookhaul #booksale #litsyloveslibrary

MartinaLove Wow 😃😲😻 9mo
BiblioLitten That is awesome!! 9mo
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shawnmooney
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Bailedbailed

This was weird. I like weird, sometimes. This was weird in a boring way. Bailed at the 22% mark. Fantastic cover, though.

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jveezer
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Apparently I‘m into foxy Baltic fiction...Who knew?

jveezer Haha. I just realized I said Baltic and not Balkan! 12mo
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jveezer
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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I mean, seems logical...

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jveezer
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Ah Venice. Been a while...

shawnmooney Thanks for reminding me about this book. Your post caused me to preview the ebook, and I got hooked immediately so I bought and am now happily reading it! 12mo
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jveezer
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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You had me at hello, cover art...

lalatiburona Is that mine? 🤔 12mo
jveezer @lalatiburona Do you have it? This is a library copy. I really wanted his first book but the library didn‘t have it. 12mo
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FernsAndFairyTales
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Mehso-so

This was quite alright, but it never really captivated me. It tells the story of Furstenfelde, a village in Germany, over the course of a night, with many village legends sprinkled throughout. Fantastical elements pervade the story, but it‘s also very rooted in the place and history of the village.

monalyisha I might have to grab this despite your lukewarm review! So pretty! And that concept. 😍🤞🏻 1y
FernsAndFairyTales @monalyisha Definitely go for it! Maybe it just wasn‘t the right time for me, because on paper it sounds right up my alley. 1y
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infinitegist
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
Pickpick

Loved it. Weird and dreamy. Some beautiful writing (albeit in translation). A lot of magical realism elements throughout. I enjoy loose ends and question marks, so, if you don't, best steer clear.

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Kitta
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure what I thought of this, I really struggled to finish it and was confused most of the way through. Maybe it‘s the translation, or maybe I spent too long before picking it up again and totally forgot who the characters were. The writing isn‘t bad, but didn‘t grip me.

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Kitta
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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New currently reading. Look at this cover! 😍

Our #littenkitten in the background. #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Linsy 😍 2y
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brennahawleycraig
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Thank you soooo much @JPeterson because this package is PERFECT! The books are amazon, and you sent one I‘ve never heard of but sounds made for me (the tagged book)! And I might have squealed when I got the pig ornament out because it is the cutest!! I don‘t know where you found the little pop up book thing, but that is crazy cool too. I love it all!!
#secretsantagoespostal #wintersolsticebookexchange @MrBook @BookBabe @Avanders

Cinfhen 💖💖💖💖 2y
Avanders 😍😍 2y
MrBook Ooh! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
JPeterson Very welcome! I‘m glad you enjoyed everything! The little pop-up book I found on vacation in Germany, and it just seemed to perfect for a book exchange. 😊 2y
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JPeterson
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Bringing this into work to start reading on my breaks. Or, maybe I'll just stare at this gorgeous cover all day. 😻

Liatrek Wow! What an amazing cover😊 2y
Mdargusch That is so pretty! 2y
batsy Stunning cover. 2y
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JenP Really pretty! 2y
Ms_T That's a lovely cover. 2y
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍 2y
ReadingRover I absolutely love that cover! I can't wait to read the book. I've had it on my tbr for a while now. 2y
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woohoobooks
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Mini June book haul! I'm doing pretty darn well on reading my own books but I could NOT pass up the most incredible cover ever. 😍The story looks great too! 👍🏻

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Maike
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Pickpick

This is a weird and charming little book about a small German village. Folk tales and history come to life and influence the preparations for the village feast. It was a really charming and totally relatable description of life in small German villages. 😄

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Nat_Reads
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Mehso-so

What a weird little book! I did enjoy it but am still confused...dreamlike, fantastical, real, and charming. Folk tales come to life and interrupt festivity celebrations. A fox steals eggs... I really don't know what happened...

drokka What language was this written in originally? I know Anthea Bell translates from German, but the author's name appears to be Eastern European, so I wonder how many languages she can translate. This is the type of job I wish someone would have told me about when I was a child. 3y
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Liberty
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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It's Fox Day! (Related: The fox emoji is wildly disappointing: 🐺)

drokka I like this one 🦊 3y
Liberty @drokka Ah-ha! Why doesn't that one show up when you type fox instead??? It's way better. 🦊 3y
Felso F. O. X. 3y
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Bibliogirl That looks like a wolf to me. 3y
Nuwanda My last name is Fox, so my disappointment is doubled. 3y
LisaJo 🦊🦊🦊🦊🦊🦊🦊I got Mr Fox in a Book Riot box. So enjoyed it. 💛 📚 (edited) 3y
KarenUK All those covers are gorgeous 😍 3y
Paty1 The Trees' cover is so beautiful💓💓💓 3y
Mc_cart_ny I want to read The Trees for the cover alone lol 3y
prowlix But this one is pretty cute 🦊 3y
MichaelKwan I've read Before the Feast. Really liked it. 3y
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bookculture
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Small but mighty! Small presses are key to the success of small bookstores like us. Come celebrate these publishing warriors with us during Small Press Month!

VioletBramble This photo reminds me that I haven't been to Book Culture in a few years. ( the UWS is a long trip from my neighborhood). I have the next three days off of work. I think I'll be making the trip to check out these small press books in person. 3y
bookculture @VioletBramble we are looking forward to your visit! 3y
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Nat_Reads
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Found this at The Last Word bookstore in Fort Worth, Texas. A little magical realism in bed should make for a worthy good night story. Sweet dreams!

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Tarlia
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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I completely blame fellow Litsians for the first book, which I definitely bought for the cover.

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DGRachel
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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I don't know that this is my #favoritecover but it's certainly gorgeous and the main reason why I picked up this book. I haven't read it yet, but I want to get to it this year. #riotgrams

Grrlbrarian That Irish Examiner quote though 😂 3y
Zelma I love everything about it (including the blurb)! 😍 3y
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Moray_Reads
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Pickpick

A strange dreamlike book populated by odd characters that drift in and out of the narrative. There's very little plot, it's really more a set of linked vignettes than a novel and the mannered, repetitive prose is almost free verse poetry. It sounds like I didn't like it but I did; I love this style, it's deliberate but affective and is what draws me to European translated literature again and again. #TacklingTheTBR

LeahBergen I love all these foxes. 💗 3y
Kalalalatja Fox love 🦊❤ 3y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja I couldn't resist, they were all made for each other 🐺 (pretend it's orange for a fox!) 3y
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moranadatter Your teacup is amazing! 💗 3y
saresmoore Nice photo and review! The book sounds like something I would enjoy, too. 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore Stanisic had a wonderful cadence to his writing (even if he occasionally takes it too far). I recommend his first book too if you haven't read it 3y
Moray_Reads @kmdartist Thank you! It's part of a tea for two set so it has a mate. There's also a matching teapot but I don't have that (yet!) 3y
drokka 🦊 3y
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Moray_Reads
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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roneea
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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This is easily one of the greatest covers I own.

MrBook Wow!!! 3y
DGRachel I totally bought this just for the cover. 3y
Kalalalatja It is amazing 😍 3y
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RealLifeReading
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Not a feast but a bagel with prosciutto and some romaine lettuce to go with my green tea and strange book #lunchandabook

I-read-and-eat Seems like quite a feast to me 😊 This reminds me to pick up this book again, abandoned it half way but I can't recall why 3y
Fantasyfan I have been enjoying this book so far. I needed something a little quirky and unpredictable. 3y
DebinHawaii Looks yummy! 👍😀 3y
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RealLifeReading @I-read-and-eat the writing style isn't easy to get used to! Maybe that's why 3y
RealLifeReading @Fantasyfan definitely unpredictable! 3y
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RealLifeReading
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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All is quiet. The kids are sound asleep. The wind and rain have given up for the night (or at least it sounds like it). Time to settle in with my bedtime read!

Graciouswarriorprincess Beautiful cover! 3y
alanacristin Wow, gorgeous cover 😍 3y
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RealBooks4ever
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Picked up 2 recent orders at Powell's, plus Made To Kill which I saw while standing in line!

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Lizpixie
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Today's #BookMail is two #blameitonlitsy purchases. All the Rage is about a girl who's raped by the sherrifs son. No one wants to believe her until another girl goes missing. Before The Feast is about the evening before the feast in Furstenfelde, a mix of myth & mischief.I tried to get a hardback copy, that cover is gorgeous, but they only had the paperback. Also there's the new bookdepository.com bookmarks, designed by customers.#SmileItsBookmas

TrishB I read Before the Rage with my 15yo daughter, was depressing and sad, but thought provoking and a worthy read. 3y
Foxyfictionista I've been lusting over the Before the Feast book since I saw it in the book store a few weeks ago. That cover is foxy!!! (See what I did there?) 🤓 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I'm glad book depository finally has new bookmarks! Very bored of my collection of 'we've changed the website' ones! I always get a thrill from seeing Ted. E Bear! 3y
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Lacythebookworm @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I'm glad I'm not the only one! I now have 3 website ones. They should have rolled out the holiday ones sooner. 3y
jessberk13 I picked All the Rage for my #LitsyReadingChallenge #sameageauthor and I'm really looking forward to it! 3y
Lizpixie @thegirlwiththelibrarybag same here! I've got about twelve of the blue ones, I hope I can get all the new ones before the end of the year. And Ted.E.Bear says Hi! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lizpixie, I recycled most of them - too boring! @Lacythebookworm, yes! All the holiday bookmarks! I don't even think the new website was bookmark worthy - like they changed the colour scheme... 3y
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I-read-and-eat
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Mehso-so

Charming story with a hint of mystery and folklore. Set is a small German village with a declining population the story feels cozy but at the same time you can feel the big modern world chipping away at this small town. The prose is truely lovely at times and the plot is interesting enough. However I was not completely in love with it. It's nice but rather forgetable. Good read but not extrordinairy. Torn between pick and so-so 🌟🌟🌟1/2

JulietteGF I just love the cover... 😍😍😍 3y
ReadingOver50 The most gorgeous cover ever 😄 3y
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I-read-and-eat
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Hmmmm... Having some warm apple-blueberry pastries while reading the last bit of Before the Feast. I am not much of a baker but these are so simple and definately one of my fall/winter favourites. What do you like to eat when you read?

RealLifeReading Those pastries look delightful! 3y
Alfoster I'd like to eat those! Look delicious! And great pic! 3y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
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Lakesidemusing Yum!😋 3y
Spiderfelt Yes, lovely composition. 3y
Zelma Those look outstanding! I typically don't eat while I read unless I want to keep reading during a meal. But I almost always have a cup of coffee next to me. 3y
Kimzey Oh, yum! 3y
I-read-and-eat @Zelma It's more like eating in between chapters for me. I can't read and eat at the same time unless I want to cover by books in food 😂 I am more of a tea person but I too always have a cup next to me when reading. 3y
Zelma @I-read-and-eat exactly! I already spill food all over myself; I try to keep my books relatively clean. 😂😂😂 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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The song of the driven and unforgiven. Even hurt, even in a spin, we and the fox both want to win. The song is unorthodox, the song of a fox, the song of a fox who opens a box.

Lindy Translator Anthea Bell finds the right note, even with tricksy rhyming speech. 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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Pickpick

"He who does not venture beyond reality will never conquer truth."
One long night before a traditional celebration in a contemporary German village. Episodic. Mythic elements. Unusual viewpoints: the village, a fox, rhyming ghosts, among others. A sense of history within a place. Humane. Puzzling. Playful. Wonderful.
#setineasterneurope #translation

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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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Strangers seldom come to us. They seldom stay.
Strangers who spend some time with us seldom stay strange.
We seldom make friends with the strangers, even if they do spend some time with us.
We're social. We're anti-social. We're open-minded. We're suspicious. Who likes being bothered? No one.

ReadingOver50 Sounds intriguing 3y
Lindy @ReadingOver50 There's a recursive quality to the writing, as seen in this example, that is different from anything else I've read lately. Plus it's from the viewpoint of a village. Can't remember ever experiencing that before. 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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Lada says women over thirty who wear Crocs are particularly randy. Jessie is married. Married women, says Lada, are even randier. Lada says they're like war veterans who still want to prove their worth on the battlefield.

LauraBeth When I got married I wanted a retirement party from the battlefield 😀 3y
Lindy @LauraBeth Yeah, well Lada is probably not the best person to be giving advice about getting laid to a teenager eager to lose his virginity. 😄 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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"The bar breaks like a bar breaking, and the machine falls to the ground like a machine falling to the ground. Well, there aren't many similes available; it doesn't happen very often."
I sure do love the writing style in this novel!

NerdyRev This is in my ever growing TBR stack. 3y
Lindy @NerdyRev I know exactly what you mean. 😏 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic

Be heroic and know that heroes cannot always be heroes; there are many other things to do.

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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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She holds a mini-carrot between her fingers and concentrates on it.
I ask why she's doing that. Why does she want things to levitate?
To make people happy.
That's my Ma for you: wants to make people happy.

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I-read-and-eat
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Noodle is helping me read. He usually evades the camera but I finaly managed to take his picture. He becomes more and more of a cuddle cat as the days get colder 😍 #catsoflitsy

LauraBeth 😻😻 3y
Tanzy13 🐱 3y
Dragon 💚🐱 3y
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Nonaroo So cute! Our Spock gets super cuddly in the winter. When it's warmer he goes back to his ol' spikey self! 3y
LeahBergen So sweet!! 💗 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
DebinHawaii Such a sweet face! 🐱❤️ 3y
Suzze 😸😸😸😸😸 3y
I-read-and-eat @LauraBeth @Tanzy13 @dragon @Nonaroo @LeahBergen @Bookzombie @DebinHawaii @Suzze I'll let him know how loved he is, maybe he'll be less camera shy 😉🐱 3y
Bette 🐱❤️️👍 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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My Ma weighs twice as much as my Pa. She weighs 130 kilos. In spring she puts on another 30 kilos of weighty thoughts (worries, fear, shame & general listlessness). Then my 160-kilo Ma lies down among the daffodils in the garden, because when she is lying down the dark clouds are about 160 cm farther away.

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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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She reaches cautiously over the fence, tries to break off a sprig of wild rose. The wild rose defends itself vigorously. Anna tugs at it, pulls. The field fights back. Only in mankind does Nature open its eyes and look at itself. The field is mankind in thorns' clothing, you can't believe a word it says.

Kimzey Beautiful! 3y
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I-read-and-eat
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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A little late for #magicalmonday because yesterday was completely exhausting. But tuesdays can be just as magical 🎇 I bought this book on my Edinburg trip because I completely fell in love with the cover. How stunning is this #magicalcover ? 😍

britt_brooke That cover is gorgeous! 3y
LindsayReads Yes, that cover is 👌 3y
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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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The few who understand that we really, really need a new ferryman don't know how to ferry a boat. Or how to console the waters of the lakes. Or they're too old. Others act as if we never had a ferryman at all. A third kind say: the ferryman is dead, long live the boat-hire business.

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Lindy
Before the Feast | Saša Stanišic
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You don't want to get drunk in Platform One. You want to have dinner, maybe celebrate an anniversary, but try to get well tanked up while plastic flowers and tourists who come on bicycles are watching you. Now and then Veronika brings real tulips in. Try to get well tanked up while real tulips are watching.

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chlobee
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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1. This cover.
2. #setinasmalltown a German village, to be precise.
3. I've had my eye on this one for months and can't wait until I get a chance to read it. It sounds so intriguing!
4. Did I mention the cover??
#photoadaynov16

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princess_dennie_pants
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Be heroic and know that heroes cannot always be heroes; there are many other things to do

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MatthewBurris
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Pickpick

This one took me a while but not because I didn't like it, it just meanders.

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BooksGirlsCats
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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A lovely new month for reading! Thank goodness we live in a world where there are Octobers.
Here are some of my #TBR for October - to be updated after a trip to the Strand and my #BOTM box arrives!
#MostAnticipatedRead is probably "The Outrun"- addiction and grit and nature, bring it on!

#Booktober @RealLifeReading

BekahB Before the Feast looks fantastic and I love your calendar! 😍 3y
BooksGirlsCats Thanks @BekahB! It's papersource- and each month is also a craft! This month turns into a gift box :D 3y
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amandaz
Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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This is legit one of the prettiest covers I've ever seen. Hoping the story is just as gorgeous!

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BooksGirlsCats
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Cobscook Pretty! 3y
Kitta 😍 3y
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