I stopped at the library on my way home from work! Never fails to make my day a little brighter.
Had a fabulous weekend with a bookish friend and collected books and brews on an adventure through Brooklyn. Here are my favorite purchases! #BookHaul
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.
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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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.
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.
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.
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
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 💕💕
#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.
#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.
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?
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
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!
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 ...👇
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
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.
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
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