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Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
Lindy Excellent news. 👍 1w
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mrozzz
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This haul meant a lot to me not just because it came from Books Are Magic but because of the time I got to spend with friend & author Bianca Marais before and after ☺️ #bookhaul

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GatheringBooks
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#FallIsBooked Day 19: This, so far, is gradually turning out to be a #FavoriteFallRead.

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🖤🍁🍂 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yum!!! 😋 2mo
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rather_be_reading
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The Nobel Prize winners!!

Suet624 Right now I‘m struggling through (edited) 2mo
Caroline2 Dear oh dear!! Why do this nationalist old white dudes keep getting support like this?! 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
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rather_be_reading @Suet624 i havent read anything from these authors 2mo
rather_be_reading @melissajayne thx for the info! 2mo
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Godpants
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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When you haven‘t got enough of Olga Tokarczuk, so you start this one that‘s been sitting on your TBR right away.

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Finally the day is here we are headed to Hawaii so thankful and grateful to be able to move there 🙌🏽🙏😋

MicheleinPhilly Safe travels! 4mo
Itchyfeetreader amazing safe travels 4mo
Dawnrod1970 Safe travels 4mo
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sudi Bon Voyage 4mo
CafeMom What Island are you moving to? 4mo
Ddzmini Thank you everyone I‘m here and loving my first day @MicheleinPhilly @Itchyfeetreader @Dawnrod1970 @sudi and @CafeMom 4mo
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I've been reading this book off and on for two months, finally finishing it before the end of #WITmonth - I wouldn't really call this a novel as much as it is fragments with some shared themes. I enjoyed some of the writing and was glad one of the stories came back to conclude in the end. There are themes of travel, moving, death, relationships and what you can/can't control, and home. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy Flights won the Man Booker International Prize that awards the author and translator equally, so I should say I rarely thought about how this was originally Polish, except for some obvious Polish themes... That's to the great credit of the translator, Jennifer Croft. 4mo
Ruthiella Cool. I tried it but couldn‘t get into the bits and pieces and found I wasn‘t retaining anything. 🙁 I think I really need a story to hang on to. 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella oh yeah i definitely didn't retain much of it. 4mo
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Why I'm reading this: "That life is not for me. Clearly I did not inherit whatever gene it is that makes it so that when you linger in a place you start to put down roots. ... My energy derives from movement ..." p. 7.

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Cinfhen
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I showed great restraint at Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, I walked away with only one book, which was gifted to me by the fabulously witty & wonderful @MicheleinPhilly ♥️However, when it came to pizza, cookies and girly chatter there was no holding back. Perfect day in Philly with a great friend 😃 Always a blast, Michele 😘

KarenUK Sounds like a perfect day 💕 4mo
Ruthiella Your willpower is commendable!🤪 (edited) 4mo
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TrishB Perfect day 💕 4mo
Cinfhen I did have a small list of books I wanted to purchase and the store didn‘t have any of the books in stock @Ruthiella so that helped with my restraint 😉and yes, still a perfect day @KarenUK @TrishB 🥰 4mo
Reviewsbylola Totally jealous!!! 4mo
Cinfhen We still NEED a #DarguschMeetUp @Reviewsbylola @MicheleinPhilly @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi I MISS YOU GUYS!!!!!!! Hope you‘re having a wonderful summer 4mo
Mdargusch I‘m sad we didn‘t get to see you and @MicheleinPhilly 🙁 4mo
emilyhaldi I miss you too!!!! @cinfhen I haven't been reading much but hopefully soon🤞🏻hope you're having an amazing summer!!! 4mo
emilyhaldi Also very jealous of this little Philly date ❤️ 4mo
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“Standing there on the embankment, staring into the current, I realized that—in spite of all the risks involved—a thing in motion will always be better than a thing at rest; that change will always be a nobler thing than permanence; that that which is static will degenerate and decay, turn to ash, while that which is in motion is able to last for all eternity.”
― Olga Tokarczuk, Flights

#quote #favourite #literaryfiction #womenintranslation

Fridameetslucy Hmmmm not sure about that but it‘s certainly poignant 5mo
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In Flights, we‘re not just exploring what it means to be a traveler in the conventional sense, but in all the ways travel can occur - throughout time, life, even an actual body. The stories are all of differing lengths- some go on for numerous pages & some are as short as a few sentences. What I found most fascinating is how some connect - characters in a story later pop up in another story, told from a new point of few hundreds of pages later.

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Aimeesue
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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I'm quite enjoying this book.

womenintranslation #wit

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Aimeesue
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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True story: In my Litsy profile pic, I am holding a preserved human brain. (At the National Science Fair. It's not like I keep brains in my house, people!)

womenintranslation #wit

CrazyLibraryGirl Ever read Driving Mr Albert? The mention of brains reminded me of it. It wasn‘t a great book, but was definitely one of a kind. 😅 (edited) 6mo
Aimeesue @CrazyLibraryGirl No, but I will definitely check it out! 6mo
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Aimeesue
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Not my usual thing, but an article piqued my interest and it was available from the library via Libby, so I guess I'll just go with it. It won the Man Booker International, which is impressive.

womenintranslation #wit

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Lindy
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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While my library has categorized this existential novel as short stories, I disagree. I‘m not sure what is, but I am sure that I loved it. It‘s an electrifying accumulation of fragmentary flights of fancy, historical & contemporary, interconnected in a variety of ways, most especially by the themes of escape & the preservation of human corpses. After the #audiobook, I picked it up in print to better absorb the magnificent language. #translation

Lindy @SamAnne I‘ve pulled together some thoughts. For me, the sign of an outstanding book is that I can see myself rereading it many times. This is that kind of book. 10mo
GatheringBooks totally agree! i am loving it too! 2mo
Lindy @GatheringBooks 😁👍 2mo
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Lindy
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That smile of theirs holds—or so it strikes us—a kind of promise that perhaps we will be born anew now, this time in the right time and the right place.

(Author photo from Internet)

sarahbarnes I really liked this one. 10mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes I‘ve just gone to your feed and discovered that have several faves in common. 😊 10mo
sarahbarnes That‘s so awesome! 😁 10mo
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Lindy
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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My five-star reads this month include one that I‘ve not yet reviewed on Litsy: Flights. I‘m still gathering up the pieces from the way it exploded my mind.

SamAnne Look forward to your review. The book as a whole did not do it for me. Portions and pieces were poetic and I loved them. But it felt like a mishmash 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa You always find the most interesting looking books! 10mo
Lindy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I like variety. I think I will make a separate post on that topic. 10mo
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Lindy
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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I‘m 4 hours into this astonishing #audiobook and feeling alternately intrigued by the situations and lulled by the language. I had expected a collection of short stories but many of these brief pieces are more like prose poems or poetic essays. I‘m going to pick up the print version because there are so many great passages that I want to spend time absorbing and rereading.

Redwritinghood Other than the writing itself, I think the structure of the book is also part of the message here. I think reading it in print will help to see that better. 11mo
Lindy @Redwritinghood I look forward to seeing it. I had paused my hold and now that I‘m ready to read the print copy, I‘m at the top of the queue at the library. 11mo
Redwritinghood @Lindy Good that you can get to it soon while you‘re still thinking about it. To clarify, though, I don‘t mean the layout of the book so much as the way in which the vignettes are linked as an overarching theme of the book. I don‘t want to influence your take too much, so I‘ll not say any more until you‘ve had the chance to read further. 11mo
Lindy @Redwritinghood I‘m noticing the links between pieces in the audio version. It‘s good. 👍 11mo
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Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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A series of essays really, with themes of travel and the preservation of human body parts. Very odd and quite brilliant in places. I took my time with this one, needed a day or two to digest parts of it.

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caitlady
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Panpan

I was excited by the premise of this book and, like a lot of other reviewers have pointed out, it has some beautiful prose, but by the end I was really wanting to be done with it. The most interesting stories (the ones mentioned in the blurb) are the shortest ones and the longest ones are kind of dreadful.

SamAnne Yes. Completely agree. 10mo
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SamAnne
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Panpan

Some beautiful writing. But self-indulgent, pretentious. Lazy? It seemed like a mishmash of musings on travel and encounters in airports, a few short stories on struggling couples, and then morbid stories involving plastination, old school autopsies and embalmed medical curios. Would have loved a book with just the journey stories. There is beautiful writing in the book but little cohesion.

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SamAnne
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Only 100 pages in and need to finish before forming an opinion of this collection of vignettes and stories on the human condition as it relates to travel, rootlessness and journeys. But some beautiful prose. Especially about airports!

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sarahbarnes
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I loved this puzzle of a book. I think at least in part it is about travel as a significant part of the human experience. We travel in the vessels of our bodies; and our bodies (or parts of them) can travel without us after we‘re gone. And maybe we can travel absent our physical bodies as well. There are subtle threads that tie the narratives in the book together, and the stories are sad and beautiful.

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sarahbarnes
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“Every moment is unique; no moment can ever be repeated. This idea favors risk-taking, living life to the fullest, seizing the day. And yet the innovation is a profoundly bitter one: when change over time is irreversible, loss and mourning become daily things.”

Really enjoying this book so far.

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Flaneurette
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Getting major Sebald vibes from this one....I like it so far

Ruthiella I want to give this book a try! 😀 12mo
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Lauren.Archer
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
Panpan

Unfortunately this book did absolutely nothing for me. There were a few lovely sections or vignettes but then the continuing stories ending up getting lost to me.

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Lauren.Archer
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Not sure this the time for a challenging book, but going to give it at least 50 pages.

Emilymdxn I found this very challenging indeed! Ultimately worth reading, but not one of my faves ever, it has very beautiful insightful sections and some kinda grisly over-long sections I thought. I‘m excited to see what you think, it seems like everyone I talk to has a different interesting opinion about this one 12mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

This was a challenging book, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. I saw this as not so much a novel as a presentation of a theory in the form of fiction, much in the vein of Kafka, who she makes allusions to in the text. She seems to be putting forth a theory of time that depends on movement through space-that time is not linear but a group of segments represented by each of the spaces occupied by a body at any given time. 👇🏻👇🏻

Redwritinghood She invites the reader to sit at the center of the panopticon where she can view each of the individual stories that make up a part of the whole. Interdependence is also reviewed through the anatomy, dissection, and preservation of the body, which serves as an allegory of the theory and the structure of the book. While this is fascinating, it doesn‘t, however, make a great book. 3.5⭐️ (edited) 14mo
9999 Fantastic review. Your use of panopticon is very Foucault. This is also my list. I will keep your review in mind when I trudge through it. 14mo
Redwritinghood @sskk Thanks! 🤗 14mo
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HardcoverHearts
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I am so excited!!

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razmanda
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Got to my 8:30 am meeting 20 minutes early so snuck in some early morning reading. The only reading I got in all day. 😫

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dixi_e
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I‘m having all sorts of feels related to this.

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For those who never learn how to settle down, how to place their roots in a single place. This is a book for wanderers, for travelers, for people belonging nowhere and everywhere.

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Well-ReadNeck
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#LibraryHaul

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Emilymdxn I LOVED record of a spaceborn few really hope you enjoy it! 1y
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Abailliekaras
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Bailedbailed

I‘m bailing on this for the time being. I found each essay / short story interesting in its own right but it didn‘t come together and I couldn‘t get traction or stay interested. It seemed disjointed. This might improve when you get further into the book but I‘ll have to wait until I‘m back in London to find out (I‘ve left it there). 😉

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BookwormM
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#MBI2018Winner #Poland

An interconnected short story collection featuring travel and anatomy and bizarrely enough it works 🤣🤣🤣

Full review here soon www.thereadersroom.org

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BookwormM
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#MBI2018Winner #Poland

This short story made me laugh 😂

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BookwormM
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk

#MBI2018Winner enjoying this so far.

Health update seen the doctor today my bug from last week is now a chest infection I have a 7 day course of antibiotics and another week without my arthritis injection 😭😭😭

Chili I hope you feel better soon. 🌸🌺 1y
britt_brooke Feel better soon!! 1y
GripLitGrl Feel better soon!💐 1y
knittedgnome Oh man! Hope you get feeling better soon! 1y
mabell I hope you're feeling better soon! 1y
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BookwormM
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#MBI2018Winner
Starting the last book from the short list and we already know this is the winner so let‘s see how it compares...

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Abailliekaras
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You‘d think this would be the perfect book for travel but people, it‘s chunky! 😬🤷🏼‍♀️ #booknerdproblems

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fleeting
Flights | Olga Tokarczuk
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3.5 stars. Reading this is a journey in itself - both internal and external. I understand why it's getting mixed reviews as it's the type of book that you either stick through or just bail out of. For me, it started off amazingly, then lost momentum slowly. As such, you kind of glide through until the end. Would still recommend this. Target reader seems to be some kind of 'postmodern traveler,' I think.

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fleeting
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Ever have those times when you put off reading a book because the description hits too close to home and there's just something frightening about starting the journey? Like a trip you've always dreamed of; one you've planned forever. Maybe you're afraid of disappointment, maybe you're afraid it'll reveal a little too much about you. Or maybe you're just putting off a voice articulating the things you can't speak of.

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Liberty
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The 2018 Man Booker International winner, out in August from @riverheadbooks! I can‘t wait to read it! 💛🖤💛

Cathythoughts Great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
ephemeralwaltz Wow! What a cover!! I love both though. The UK edition just has something in all that simplicity.. 2y
chapter_fifty2017 Am reading this now !! Its great 👍🥂🍾 so far🙄 2y
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Tanisha_A
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BookishMe And now the library copy will be on loan for sometime! Hehehe 2y
Cinfhen Never heard of this book...thanks for sharing 2y
Smrloomis Oooh, thanks for posting! 2y
Tanisha_A @BookishMe 😂 Of course! 2y
Tanisha_A @Cinfhen @Smrloomis The TBR should keep growing! 😀 2y
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BookishTrish
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Congratulations! I‘d swear I bought every other book on the shortlist. Any fans out there? http://www.cbc.ca/books/flights-by-polish-writer-olga-tokarczuk-wins-2018-man-bo...

BarbaraBB I remember @Emilymdxn liking it 2y
Emilymdxn I did enjoy it but I‘m honestly shocked it won! It wasn‘t anything on Frankenstein in Iraq or Like a Fading Shadow or The White Book for me. I can see why people enjoyed it but... winning? 2y
ephemeralwaltz Hmmm I need to read this one. I'm really curious now 2y
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fleeting
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Books in the mail is the best thing to wake up to. That's Japan, China, and Poland! #aroundtheworldreads

fleeting V excited to read my first Chang. 2y
fleeting Finally, the softcover! 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Finally finished! So 1/6 on the #manbookerinternational2018 shortlist, and also Poland for #litworld2018gb!

I really enjoyed this and thought it was beautifully written, incredibly quotable, really original. I‘ve never read a book structured in barely-connected vignettes like this and I found it really interesting. Maybe I found bits of it a bit grizzly if I‘m honest, but I did enjoy it.

Simona This one is at the end of favorites in my list from this year ... It seems that our reading tastes runs in exactly the opposite directions ... 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Only got a few minutes to read in lunch at work before everything starts up again. I‘ve been so busy I‘m reading this one really slowly, hopefully I‘ll actually manage to finish it tonight!

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BarbaraBB
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Time flies. I didn‘t read any of the Man Booker International longlist. Now it is already reduced to the shortlist and the two books I have been meaning to read (and bought) aren‘t even among them! Lots of catching up to do, I don‘t know where to start! Any suggestions are welcome! @Simona have you read them all?

#manbooker #manbookerinternational

LeeRHarry I haven't read any of them - me and man booker prize winners have a very checkered past 😏 2y
Simona This year longlist list is very strong, all 13 books are very good, and at the end all depends on your personal taste, likes and dislikes. From short list I would recommend Vernon Subutex and Frankenstein in Baghdad. I read them all, except The World Goes On - I read it a little more than half, realized that I‘m struggling to much and I decided that I will give it another chance if it‘s on the shortlist... 2y
batsy I was really hoping Die, My Love would be included! Ah well, I'll read it anyway. Three of these books will be hard to get my hands on ... But I'm going to try. Which are the two you've bought & are not included? 2y
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BarbaraBB @Simona Thank you so much! You‘re really doing good, reading the longlist! 2y
BarbaraBB @batsy Those two. But now I think I‘ll have to add Die My Love too? 2y
batsy And those seem like good ones, too. I enjoyed @Simona 's reviews of those two. 2y
BarbaraBB @batsy Me too, that‘s why I bought them 😀 @Simona 2y
Simona @BarbaraBB @batsy That‘s a lot of pressure ... 😬 2y
BookwormM I am in the same boat but I didn‘t even manage to buy any of them 2y
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