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.
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.
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!!
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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. 😻
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...
It's Fox Day! (Related: The fox emoji is wildly disappointing: 🐺)
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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
Not a feast but a bagel with prosciutto and some romaine lettuce to go with my green tea and strange book #lunchandabook
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
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
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?
"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.
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.
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.
"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!
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
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.
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.
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 ? 😍
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.
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.
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!