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Celestial Bodies
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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mrozzz
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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Had a fabulous weekend with a bookish friend and collected books and brews on an adventure through Brooklyn. Here are my favorite purchases! #BookHaul

mcipher So fun!! I love these colors 😊 4w
GypsyKat Great picture! 4w
mrozzz @mcipher 🌈🌈🌈☺️ 4w
mrozzz @GypsyKat thank you!! 4w
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balletbookworm
Celestial Bodies | Jokha Alharthi
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A beautifully-translated novel comprised of linked vignettes (best descriptor I have since the narrative is only vaguely linear with many narrators/points-of-view), the first by an Omani woman to be translated to English and the first Arabic-language winner of the International Man Booker. There are a LOT of characters and the narrative shifts back and forth in time, but they‘re all so interesting, especially the sisters Mayya, Asma, and Khawla.

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Booksnchill
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Finished this Man Booker International winner just as my garden finishes as well. This is set in Oman and tells the story of a generation through one family- from slave trading to the generation branching out to other countries- but always tied to their small village through the parents and grandparents- the traditions surrounding birth and death, the cruelties and the surprising tenderness of found love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jupiterme
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I am a little unsure what to make of this one ..

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Booksnchill
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Whiskey and I are observing Women in Translation month- and napping! Whiskey is dreaming of Celestial Bodies💫🌔☄️☀️ #DogsOfLitsy

Kappadeemom Heeeyyy Whiskey! 3mo
Booksnchill @Kappadeemom 😍🐾🥃 3mo
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Booksnchill
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Next up for Women in Translation Month, set in Oman and winner of the Man Booker International Prize. Bonus points for a woman translated by a woman.

Emilymdxn I really liked this one! 3mo
Booksnchill @Emilymdxn great- I have high hopes! 3mo
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Redheadrambles
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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A little late on the #julystats. A solid but maybe not outstanding reading month. Two books from the Miles Franklin long list but I still haven‘t read the winner ! A couple with beautiful covers that otherwise didn‘t click with me. Really enjoyed this tagged book the winner of the #MBI2019 prize.
August is all about #Booker2019 fever so looking forward to it.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 💖📚💖 4mo
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rmaclean4
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Getting my #WITMonth TBR ready. Super excited to get to all three of these in August. I just need to finish the four books I am currently reading first!!

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

I enjoyed this years Booker International prize winner much more than anticipated. It‘s a very good introduction to the lives of women in Oman. It gives you a little bit of history in amongst the family saga but I still needed to do some background reading. I found it refreshing to read a book from this part of the world but the structure and the very confusing inter-relationships are a big stumbling block to full immersion.

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Cinfhen
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#WelcomeHomeBookMail Part 1 ❤️Thank you so much, Jess!!! Such a wonderful and generous way to make my homecoming Litsyfied 🎉📚😊Excited for both books!!! #LittensAreTheBest

TrishB Ohh I have Celestial Bodies 👍🏻 lovely gifts 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
BarbaraBB So kind! I really liked the Lively! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy! And have a wonderful holiday back home! 💕 4mo
Reviewsbylola I just read my first Penelope Lively recently. 4mo
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gracemom
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Ohhhh so excited to start this one!

collegecatlady I want to read this one so badly! 5mo
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mklong
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Mehso-so

I always get excited to read an author from a part of the world that I am not so familiar with. I love reading a point of view that I‘ve never seen before, so I really thought I would love this. The concept is great, but there are just too many characters and timelines here. I can see that Alharthi is intending it all to read as rich and complex, but for me it came off more muddled and confused.

Redwritinghood Oh no! I have a copy I still plan to read, though. 5mo
mklong @Redwritinghood I hope you like it more than I did! 5mo
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andrew61
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This was a fascinating read about a family in Oman. With 3 sisters at the heart of the book the author moves through time and characters to tell a story of the changing face of a country from slavery to female roles. Definitely a book that will deserve a reread. I've hopefully put a link to an interview on tls podcast with author + translator
https://play.acast.com/s/tlsvoices/celestialbodies-winnerofthe2019manbookerinter...

Cathythoughts Oh great ! Thankyou for the link , will have a listen 👍🏻 5mo
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youneverarrived
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Thank you so much Cathy for these two books 😘😘 They both sound so intriguing. I‘m really looking forward to reading them ♥️♥️ the scarf is beautiful and very me. Thanks again lovely 💕💕

Cathythoughts You are so welcome ! Happy Birthday!! I hope the books will be ok - The Murdered House I loved , BUT beware of the first chapter. Have a lovely day 😘 5mo
Tanisha_A Happy birthday!🎈🎂📚 5mo
BookishTrish Is that BUTLERS chocolate 😍😍😍😍 5mo
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BookishTrish Happy Birthday! 5mo
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 5mo
batsy Lovely gifts 🥰 5mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I have Celestial Bodies stacked.... let me know what you think! 5mo
readordierachel Yay! 💕 5mo
andrew61 Happy birthday and hope you had a good day 🎂. Celestial bodies is very interesting, i finished it yesterday, and then listened to an interview with author and translator on the tls podcast (freedom, flowers, books and the moon) definitely well worth listening to as it has helped me get my head around the book. 5mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 🥰 they sound brill and you have great taste in books so I‘m sure I‘ll love them ♥️ 5mo
youneverarrived @Tanisha_A thank you 😘 5mo
youneverarrived @BookishTrish thank you and yes! Honeycomb flavour. Was lovely 😋 5mo
youneverarrived @TrishB thank you 😁 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I will do! 😁 5mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 sounds interesting thanks for the heads up. I‘ll have to give it a listen after I‘ve read it. And thank you I had a great day 😁 5mo
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Currey
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#Oman #readingaroundtheword #internationalbooker Like unveiling layers this book is an intricate fictional study of three generations and three relatively contemporary daughters whose lives are molded by a changing world. I was given glimpses of Oman‘s history, Bedouin culture, Arabic poetry and the nature of slavery in Oman until it was outlawed in the 1970‘s. Not an easy straightforward read but a delicious feast.

Simona I was shocked about slavery, I didn‘t have a clue! 5mo
Currey Yes, at first I thought I was reading about the 1800‘s because the timeline in this book can be confusing, however when I figured out approx what year it was it was shocking. 5mo
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Currey
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#Oman #readingaroundtheworld I thought I should read this before heading on to Swaziland or eSwatini

Simona It is a good story, especially the switching perspective is done well, but it isn‘t the story which would stayed with me ... 6mo
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jenniferw88
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The 2019 winner of the Man Booker International Prize is 99p on UK Kindle today.

#Kindledeal

Cathythoughts Oh !! That‘s a good deal 👍🏻😘 6mo
Tanisha_A I just bought it too! 😀 6mo
Moray_Reads me too. Thanks! 6mo
TrishB I got it this morning too 👍🏻 6mo
youneverarrived Ohh thanks! 👍 6mo
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BookwormM
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi

#MBI2019 #Winner congratulations to Jokha Alharthi for winning this years Man Booker International prize.

My prediction was almost totally wrong in fact the only bit I got right was that a woman would win.

Well done also to all the authors who made the long list and gave me an enjoyable variety of reading.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Congratulations Jokha al-Harthi on winning the Man Booker International Prize 🎉 --> https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/man-booker-international-2019-w...

Anybody who has read this one and can give me their opinion?

squirrelbrain I‘d love to read this as I visited Oman many years ago.... 6mo
merelybookish @shawnmooney posted a review. 6mo
Emilymdxn I really enjoyed it! Great characters and great translation (edited) 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain it‘s 99p on kindle today! I was just reading reviews to decide whether to get. 6mo
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shawnmooney
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The winner of the Man Booker International prize, announced today! I read it a few months ago, and loved it—never did post my YouTube review here, so here you go: https://youtu.be/-T8791KxQNM

Lindy I‘ve already got this on my want to read shelf in goodreads, probably as a result of your review. Looking forward to reading it when it‘s available at the library. 6mo
Cinfhen Ahhh!! I somehow missed both the announcement and your review!!! Thanks, Shawn 😘 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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Celestial bodies won the man booker international!

This wasn‘t one of my top picks, but it was a very good book and it wasn‘t one that I DIDN‘T want to win. Overall, I‘m pretty pleased. Hearing the author and translator speak yesterday made me more positively disposed towards the book, and I‘m pleased that an Omani woman‘s novel about women‘s lives in Oman has been recognised by the British ‘establishment‘. I‘m counting this as good news!

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Simona
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Main thread, in this multigenerational family story in Oman, is marriage, and through this theme run the story about deeper changes in society - from traditional to modern. While focus is on younger generation - three sisters with different experiences, expectations from life, love and marriage, the narration is told through many characters in short chapters. And this form is at the same time good and bad thing. Good - because of the dynamic ...👇

Simona ... narration, and different POV, and bad - because weaker characterization. Solid 3⭐️ #ManBookerInternationalPrize #MBIP2019 8mo
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TrishB Great review ❤️ 8mo
Naj Lovely review. 8mo
Simona @TrishB @Naj Thank you ☺️ 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 8mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft Thank you 😊 8mo
Cinfhen I was all for this book until you got to the bad...weak characterization is a reader‘s no-no 😔😖😡 8mo
Tanisha_A Think I'd want to read it. Nice review! 👌🏽☺️ 8mo
Simona @Cinfhen You ‘should‘ read it despite that. It is not bad, just a little bit lost among all of the characters 😘 8mo
Simona @Tanisha_A Thank you 😊It is interesting story with some shocking elements, well at least shocking for me ... 8mo
Cinfhen I need your address, please! My phone died a few months ago and I lost all my contacts and emails. 8mo
Simona @Cinfhen I left you a message on your Goodreads mailbox 😘 8mo
BarbaraBB Your review is very balanced as usual, thank you! ❤️ 6mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m always a little bit confused about/with my reviews when I think that the book is good and worth the attention, but it is not for me/personal reading taste... Definitely it isn‘t my winner 🤷‍♀️, but still, it‘s interesting story 😘 6mo
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BookwormM
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#MBI2019 1/13 #ReadAroundtheWorld #Oman

An interesting look at the changing lives of women in Oman.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

Crazeedi Daffodils! They're gorgeous!!🤩 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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1/13 #manbookerinternational2019

I really liked this and would recommend, though I doubt it‘ll end up being my favourite. A multifaceted look at women‘s (some men but mainly women‘s) lives in modern Oman. Short and meaningful, original, well written, relatively plot free but that gave the characters more space to breathe. I didn‘t feel it needed a lot of plot. I found it a bit difficult to tell who was who but that‘s not a huge criticism

BookwormM Great review 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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It‘s been a good Sunday. Had a homecooked brunch with my boyfriend, went on a walk with him, helped my mum with the gardening and now I have a white chocolate peach cake in the oven and am gonna read the rest of the evening. Very restful and lovely, feeling very calm and Hufflepuff.

BookwormM Sounds like a good way to spend Sunday 8mo
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BookwormM
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi

#MBI2019 #CelestialBodies and we‘re off this is my first read from the 2019 long list 12% in and really enjoying it @Emilymdxn

wordzie 👍 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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1. Tagged book, The Progress of this Storm (non fiction about climate change), and Cain by Jose Saramago

2. I can‘t remember 😕 I used to love going to the library but it got so impossible to get there with my work hours I stopped last year. I wanna go back cause I love the library but I probably can‘t till I move

3. All of the above! I like being up and about and I really don‘t get enough sleep, I always have so many other things to do

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Emilymdxn
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Happy weekend everybody! I‘m diving in to my first #manbookerinternational2019 pick and I‘m so so so excited. I‘ve never read anything from or about Oman before, not one thing. I can feel my horizons broadening every page flip. @BookwormM

Booksnchill Just ordered this one myself! 8mo
Emilymdxn @Booksnchill I‘m only a few pages in but the writing style is gorgeous, I have high hopes 🤞 I think this is my third or fourth book translated from Arabic EVER?? Serious gap in my knowledge 8mo
Booksnchill @Emilymdxn i watch a couple of book tube channels and they both gave this 5🌟 8mo
DannyHattan I was there last year and I‘m driving down again at the beginning of April. It‘s a lovely place!!! Well worth the travel. 8mo
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