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The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn | W. G. Sebald
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Shortlisted for the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Award in Fiction: "Stunning and strange . . . Sebald has done what every writer dreams of doing. . . . The book is like a dream you want to last forever. . . . It glows with the radiance and resilience of the human spirit."Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review "Ostensibly a record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia," as Robert McCrum in the London Observer noted, The Rings of Saturn "is also a brilliantly allusive study of England's imperial past and the nature of decline and fall, of loss and decay. . . . The Rings of Saturn is exhilaratingly, you might say hypnotically, readable. . . . It is hard to imagine a stranger or more compelling work." The Rings of Saturn - with its curious archive of photographs - chronicles a tour across epochs as well as countryside. On his way, the narrator meets lonely eccentrics inhabiting tumble-down mansions and links them to Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, the travels of Sir Thomas Browne's skull, and the massive bombings of WWII. Cataloging change, oblivion, and memories, he connects sugar fortunes, Joseph Conrad, and the horrors of colonizing the Belgian Congo. The narrator finds threads which run from an abandoned bridge over the River Blyth to the terrible dowager Empress Tzu Hsi and the silk industry in Norwich. "Sebald," as The New Yorker stated, "weaves his tale together with a complexity and historical sweep that easily encompasses both truth and fiction." The Emigrants (hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece-perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read") was "one of the great books of the last few years," as Michael Ondaatje noted: "and now The Rings of Saturn is a similar and as strange a triumph."
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TheEllieMo
The Rings of Saturn | W. G. Sebald
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Nothing to do with the planet or #Saturn5, but this tale of a walk around East Anglia came to mind for today‘s #RedRoseSeptember prompt.

@arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I bet this is a #1001Book @BarbaraBB ??!?! Um, I think I liked about 5 so far🤪 (edited) 4d
arlenefinnigan Sounds intriguing! 4d
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catiewithac
The Rings of Saturn | W. G. Sebald
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Oooohh I love a good giveaway 😍 My favorite book so far this year has been W.G. Sebald‘s The Rings of Saturn!

Thanks @callielafleur for #clearingtheshelves3

callielafleur Thanks for entering! ❤️ 13mo
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catiewithac
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Difficult to describe, easy to read: this book is simply MARVELOUS ‼️ The book seems like a straightforward account of the narrator‘s walking tour of East Anglia in 1992. But prepare to be transported into the past, into dreams, into the very mysteries of life. Sebald‘s prose is pure magic! This is now one of my favorite books ever 😍🤩

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The Rings of Saturn | W. G. Sebald
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#junebookbugs day 28 - #aplanetinthetitle

Resolve to #catchup on my June themes today, in whatever order I can.

Quite enjoyed this dream-like collection of travel logs and essays, which strive more to impose a mood on the reader than inform.