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The White Tiger
The White Tiger: A Novel | Aravind Adiga
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A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wrights Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern Indias caste society. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before (John Burdett, Bangkok 8).The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of Chinas impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society. Recalling The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensationand a startling, provocative debut.
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TheEllieMo
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📚 (The) White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
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#ManicMonday
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GatheringBooks
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#JanuaryJazz Day 13: There is definitely #Murder in this book. Amazing narrative. Cannot wait to watch the film adaptation. Review is forthcoming.

Bklover That looks incredible! 3w
Eggs Mmmm chocolate Heaven! 3w
dabbe All I see is the dessert, and I want to faceplant right into it! #yummy 3w
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GatheringBooks @dabbe i know!! Molten chocolate has that effect, clearly. It was demolished in like seconds. Lols. 💕 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bklover @Eggs 3w
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SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
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First book for World Literature this semester done! I think the epistolary style will play really well with my other selection So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba, especially since this book calls into question Balram's reliability as a narrator in a way that Ba's book does not do. I also like the opportunity to think about the value of writing dislikeable characters and/or representations of cultures and areas.

#JumpStart2023

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GatheringBooks
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Finally found you, rum chata peppermint bark. When in Antioch.

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Magdalenka
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“I was looking for the key for years, but the door was always open “

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AshleyHoss820
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One of the blurbs on the back compared this to Native Son and I think that‘s fair. It‘s a different look at oppression in a society. Balram‘s journey from a servant to an entrepreneur is well worth the read. 206/1,001 #1001Books

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mirnass
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Balram retells his journey from his native village in North India to Bangalore where he runs a succesfull company. An amazing portait of contemporary India! A must read.

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Oryx
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After sitting on my shelf since 2008/2009, I finally read this one. And I really liked it. Dark dark dark, but compelling and propulsive.

MayJasper I liked it too. I was surprised by the ending 2y
squirrelbrain Great review! 2y
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jenniferw88
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These 5 books are on my #tbr and work for Asian American or Pacific Island authors. #integrateyourshelf @Emilymdxn @ChasingOm

I hope to get to The Vegetarian this month!

ChasingOm I remember loving THE JOY LUCK CLUB, but I read it in high school. I can‘t wait to hear what you think! 2y
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vivastory
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I might be exiled from litsy for saying this, but I don't mind this tie-in cover. I might go so far to say it's an improvement. With the exception of the logo..

Karkar I agree with you. The original cover left a lot to be desired. 2y
vivastory @Karkar I was glad that they kept the typography in the title. I liked that, but otherwise this is a rare case where it's an improvement I think 2y
Ruthiella I have a fondness for the original cover, possibly because I just loved the book so much! 2y
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vivastory @Ruthiella The book is still on my tbr. Have you watched the series? 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella or film, whichever it is 2y
Ruthiella No, I‘ve not seen the adaptation. But the book is fabulous. The energy leapt off the page. 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella Sounds like I need to move it up my TBR! 2y
BarbaraBB I think this cover better suits a series like Tiger King than this book. Including that ridiculous crown 👑 🤣. But who am I?! I don‘t like the childish book cover much either. Nor the book itself for that matter 😉 (edited) 2y
vivastory @BarbaraBB I have to admit that I couldn't help but think of Tiger King when I first saw it 😂 2y
BarbaraBB And still you think it‘s an improvement 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 2y
Tanisha_A @BarbaraBB I didn't like the book much either 2y
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Helen19
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Didn‘t expect to find myself on the side of a murderer but this book had me sort of rooting for the main character, wanting him to escape the life he was describing. #booked2021 Set in UN peacekeeping country.

Cinfhen This is meant to be a classic ❣️it‘s been on my TBR forever 2y
Helen19 @Cinfhen I have had it for ages but this challenge has been great for my TBR so far. I think I might have to buy for the ‘Appalachian noir‘ one but all the rest should be TBR or library 🤞 2y
Cinfhen Awesomeness!!! 2y
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Ksvz
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Mehso-so

March 2021 - read before I watch / Indian - well written similar to slumdog millionaire- interested in seeing the series

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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #ReadingAsia2021 #India @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

This book has been on my shelves for years, so I'm very happy to have finally read it.

Adiga did an excellent job with the main character. I felt so many emotions about him as I read. This a a dark, grim novel that exposes the tragedy of the class system in India. Balram is determined to overcome the destiny of his name, and he proves he's willing to do anything.

Karisa The Netflix adaptation was well done too. Such a good read! 2y
Librarybelle Great review! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Mehso-so

Not what I was expecting. There were parts that I could have done without and there were parts that could have used a little more.
Wasn‘t my favorite read. It wasn‘t awful. There were points I wanted to not finish it, but I trudged through.
The store wasn‘t terrible. The writing could have been better maybe it was a translation issue 🤷🏻‍♀️
It just wasn‘t my jam.
⭐️⭐️1/2

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OrangeMooseReads
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Up next.
I have a physical copy of this and haven‘t gotten around to reading it. I‘ve seen that one of the streaming services has released a movie or series based on this book, it looked interesting. I like to read the book before seeing the movie/series.

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Caroline2
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This was so much darker than I was expecting! 😲 loved it tho! Full of suspense, I got completely lost in this world. #readingasia2021 #India

squirrelbrain Have you watched the TV series? 2y
Librarybelle Awesome! 2y
Addison_Reads Great review! This is on my list to read before the end of this month. 2y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain No but we watched the film last night. It‘s really good. 👍 2y
Oryx @Caroline2 I quite liked the film too. I think I have the book at my mum's house - a gift many years ago that I never got round to reading - maybe I'll have to get it next time I'm there (hopefully this year!!!) 2y
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Daisey
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This seemed more a story of place than character to me. It‘s not a very pretty picture of India, but it is one that gives a very strong sense of place. It‘s also one of those stories that starts off with telling what would happen, and I was intrigued through the entire story to see how the main character got there.

#1001books #ReadingAsia2021 #India
#ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #audiobook

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 Balram Halwai may be the smartest boy in his village, but his family cannot afford for him to finish school. His break comes when a rich man gives him a job, and takes him to live in Delhi. Surrounded by immense wealth, Balram knows he will never gain access to this glamorous new India... unless he murders his master.

MsMelissa I really liked this one. 2y
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TheEllieMo
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This was a witty, enjoyable book with a hard undertone.

#12Booksof2020
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good choice. 2y
Suet624 I keep forgetting to read this! 2y
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jenniferw88
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squirrelbrain Ooh, I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while.... 2y
Librarybelle Thanks for posting this! 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks for posting ... just got it 👍🏻 2y
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llwheeler
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November #BookSpin done! @TheAromaofBooks

For some reason I thought I might not like this one much, that I might find it pretentious/gimmicky (probably a reaction to those hyperbolic blurbs on the cover), but turns out I was completely wrong and I did enjoy it. The epistolary format and narrative voice were well done. No "good guys" here...

MsMelissa I really enjoyed this one, too. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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TheEllieMo
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Indo-Australian author Adiga dresses up a critical look at corruption, class divides, and poverty in India, in this story of one man‘s rise from poverty and servitude in the “Darkness” (rural India) to entrepreneurship in Bangalore. It‘s a witty, enjoyable book with a hard message, one that, it appears, some Indian people weren‘t too happy with - understandably as Adiga does not paint India in a good light.

#DoubleBookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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Mrs_B
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Thank you so much @MayJasper !!! The books look awesome and how did you know I‘m in need of coffee?!? Like, desperately! 😂 also the bookmark is so cute!

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil #llfs #litsylovefallswap

MayJasper I hope it tastes good 👍 2y
MayJasper I love your gifts 💕 2y
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Mrs_B @MayJasper you‘re welcome! That bag makes me giggle everytime I think of it. 😂 can‘t wait to get stuck into The Seven Sisters - thank you! 2y
Helen19 I love the seven sisters series! 2y
Crazeedi @Mrs_B the seven sister series is excellent , you will enjoy📚🍁🍂💚 2y
Bookgoil What a brand for coffee!!! Love it! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🎉💞 2y
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Billypar
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This is rightly compared to Wright's Native Son: both feature a protagonist who works as a driver for a wealthy employer and uses that employer's racism/ classism to their advantage. Adiga excels at mining the dark comic potential in weaponizing Balram's intelligence as others mistake him for a benign simpleton. It's all played to perfect satirical effect, exposing truths that India's elite would prefer not to confront about caste and corruption.

LeahBergen I enjoyed this one, too. 2y
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TheBookDream
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1. I don‘t think I have 😬. The one above is in my TBR...uhh...clutter. Pile implies organization.

2. No 😞

3. Yes! Love it! But even more I love Tibeten food which shares a lot of similarities but doesn‘t use peanuts so I can safely eat it.

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singhaniashares
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What a colourful book!

This book won the Man Booker Prize 2008, and I am very excited to read this🥳

britt_brooke Love this cover! This is in my TBR. Hope you enjoy! 3y
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myrtillius
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A servant gets to know his master's intestinal tract from end to end - from lips to anus.

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myrtillius
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One fact about India is that you can take almost anything you hear about the country from the prime minister and turn it upside down and then you will have the truth about that thing.

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SaniyyahK
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I have been watching this book on my shelf for about a year now. My friend, who studied yoga in India, bought it for Xmas last year. I loved the humor and personality of the narrator. He‘s writing a letter to the “premier of China” and each chapter is a new letter. I love the style because it‘s fast paced and gripping from the beginning. It displays a great portrait of modern India and makes you think about the hierarchy there. Highly recommend!

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Billypar
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#Animal #AyUpAugust
A few of the fierce creatures lurking in my TBR shelf.. 😨🐊🐍🐯
@squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻💗 3y
RealBooks4ever 😍💜 3y
squirrelbrain They are all rather fierce - nothing fluffy and cuddly there! 🤣 3y
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Billypar @EadieB It's still sizing me up from my TBR shelf - I'm looking forward to trying it! 3y
EadieB 5 star - Debut novel about India's caste system - excellent read. Writing is funny, clever and very memorable. The narrator's voice is very believable and makes this book a very pleasurable read and a page-turner. It is a philosophical story that covers a lot of social issues and insights about modern India and the human condition. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in India and its politics, social system and beliefs. @Billypar 3y
Billypar Thanks for those details @EadieB ! When I picked it up at the bookstore and read the first paragraph, the voice was what sold me. And I would like to read more books set in India - as far as Indian authors, I haven't read much more than Rushdie and Roy. 3y
EadieB @Billypar Also (edited) 3y
Billypar @EadieB Thanks for those recommendations! 3y
EadieB 👍 3y
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PassionatelyCurious
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“I am India‘s most faithful voter, and I still have not seen the inside of a voting booth.”

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Abby2
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Great story of anIndian chauffeur whose desire to be treated like a man leads to@murder.

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rachaich
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Interesting layout to this story.
I found I had to read large chunks at a time in order to keep focused on the narrator.
I appreciated the wit and the self mocking tone whilst realising that it's not actually amusing!

Liatrek This has been on my TBR for awhile recommended by a friend. I hope I get to it this year. 4y
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rachaich
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Beaut of a cover.
Started reading last night and whizzing through this entertaining read. I lije his wit and running commentary though the under current of social class and the caste system is apparent and clear.

Emilymdxn I felt just the same! 4y
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Emilymdxn
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Can‘t tell you how clever this is. I went in knowing nothing about it, picked at random from #1001books and found it wasn‘t at all the sort of thing I‘d normally read. A kind of Bildungsroman about an increasingly cut-throat, coarse, crafty poor man in India manipulating his way to a massive fortune. I don‘t normally enjoy books about bad people but this was so funny, SO well crafted, really took my breath away.

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sophierayton
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I put this book off for so long. The cover of the version I had has a little boy on the front and I thought it was going to be a short kids book with a bit of adversity then a sweet ending - boy, was I wrong! The book follows the story of an Indian man and how he became a successful entrepreneur. It is neither sweet nor repulsive. The perspectives shown have compassion and insight into the plights of many people trying to make a living in India.

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Bookalong
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I liked this one quite a bit!
I enjoyed the narrative and perspective of Balram. I still havent decided if I liked his character or not but I did enjoy the story he tells.
This book was actually quiet humorous. Which I wasnt expecting.
It was interesting to read about India. How the author decribes it, the society, and of masters and servants. And the levels of that.

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LeePeckover
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4 days to go and I can return to my happy place 😊

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OrangeMooseReads
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Thank you @JenP for book. It arrived some time in the last 3 days 😁 #spreadthebooklove

britt_brooke I picked this one up at my library‘s sale but haven‘t read it yet. Curious to see what you think! 5y
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Sarz
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A Lion's Club Book Sale yesterday led to this book haul. Got quite a few that were already on my TBR list, then found more that sounded really interesting. I think I'm going to have to take a break from library books to concentrate on the books I already have!

Tash5 @Sarz I have read the Alchemist and The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and loved them both. 5y
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Gitanjali
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Accurate portrayal of casteism in India

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ClairesReads
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Today is a good reading day.

RaimeyGallant Nice! 5y
MeikeReads Now you need to add another 52 for the second half of the year! :-) 5y
SassyBookworm Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉🎉📚📖🤓🍾🍾🍾 5y
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LectricSheep Yaaaaay! 🎉 5y
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Lindy Now what? 😉 5y
JoScho 🎉💖🎉 5y
SilversReviews Congrats!! 5y
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ClairesReads @Lindy keep reading! 😜 5y
ClairesReads @MeikeReads that‘s the plan!! 5y
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ClairesReads
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On a surface level, this novel is an insight into the twisted psyche of a murderer. Underneath character, the real work of the novel takes place. This book is much more a novel about a place. Adiga is searing in his criticism of modern Indian society. In this way, this is a novel about contradiction and corruption, violence, brutality, and the unceasing drive to seek opportunity, and save oneself in a world where no one else will save you.

RaimeyGallant Nice review! 5y
SilversReviews I like the giraffe fabric. 5y
ClairesReads @RaimeyGallant thank you 🙏🏻 5y
ClairesReads @SilversReviews thanks! It‘s a cushion my mum made me 😊 5y
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ClairesReads
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True

Redheadrambles This sounds like another Read Harder / Booker winner success story Claire ! 5y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yes! It‘s not a five star but I‘m really enjoying it 5y
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This is such a place book.

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ClairesReads
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#readharder2018 a book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries