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Bridge of Clay
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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ReadingDownUnder
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Mehso-so

There‘s a great book in here but there‘s a lot to slog through in order to find it. The beginning is horrid. Bloated, meandering phrases that don‘t make a lot of sense. Some call that poetic. I always think “what the?!?!” LOVED it from Part Two until about the last 25%. So much I‘d have cut! Glad I persevered as it was for book club.

CarolynM The feeling that there's a better book struggling to get out of the one that's been published is one I am quite familiar with. It's usually the literary ones that I feel like that about. 4d
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laurenslibrary
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Another part of the "massive May book haul." The stack is from B&N and the 3 standing are from a local flea market my mom and I visited over the holiday weekend.
I was going to make a blog post about my monthly haul, but its seriously just overwhelming. I haven't even posted the picture of the biggest stack yet. The monthly haul post just ain't happenin' bc the thought of it gives me anxiety. ??

Kaila-ann I‘m right there with you - I went a little crazy at some thrift stores while on vacation 😳. 3w
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loriCB
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Wow. I love his writing- very poetic and poignant story. Hard to follow at first but you eventually settle into the rhythm. You have to remind yourself now and then that it takes place in Australia. Worth the time to read 500+ pages. Sad to say Goodbye to the Dunbar boys.

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Devyn
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Okay, this is the fastest I‘ve ever bailed on a book. I read one chapter, put it down, and have yet to bring myself to pick it back up.

It‘s not right to bail after just one chapter but I‘m a big believer of letting go of books that don‘t immediately grab you. I‘m going to keep this on the shelf and try again another time because I‘ve heard great things so it might just not be the right time for me!

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rather_be_reading
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I had to share this major score. There is a tiny thrift store near my work that is NEVER open so when i passed by and it was I went in. I got this for .50 CENTS!!

marleed Score. I keep holding that at B&N and putting down because I have to be careful about just how many books I purchase at full price. You just never know what is out there in the wild for a buck - or less! 4w
rather_be_reading @marleed ikr! oh def, i hate buying books at full price. 2w
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Issy_King
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
Bailedbailed

I wasn‘t sure about this book, I absolutely loved “The Book Thief” and it‘s one of my favourites. I was interested to see what Marcus did this time considering he wasn‘t writing about anything historical but I just couldn‘t get into it. I found it confusing and hard to keep up with, if anyone has read it or reading I‘d be interested to hear your thoughts and whether I should give it another go?

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Tianarose
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Almost 5 whole months....

looking_for_mikaela I just picked this one up yesterday! Haven‘t started it yet, but I was so excited so see Zusak‘s back at it! 1mo
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Devyn
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Something tells me that between starting this and Blue Nights from Joan Didion on the same night means I‘m going to need a good ol‘ fashioned fluffy and completely fun beach read next. Let me know your current favorites!

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Read66
Pickpick

This book took me a while to get into but once I did (and once I figured out the author's way of dealing with different time frames back and forth) I enjoyed it - and the ending was amazing and surprising. Not as good as the author's THE BOOK THIEF but still a good read.

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Tereses
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I loved Clay and the Dunbar brothers. Long awaited novel but do worth it. Several times I had tears running down my cheeks as I read

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KimM
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Indie Bookstore Day 2019. (Thanks for the freebies) @Sudalu91 @Sudalu #Page158Books Wake Forest, NC.

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Tereses
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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My reading possie this morning
#easterhols #byronbay

CarolynM Beautiful 😍 2mo
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Tereses
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Loving this .... and these words are sublime

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smilingshelves
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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Both kids are napping, and I'm here with my cat and my book. I don't know how long it will last, but I'll take advantage of every minute!

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smilingshelves
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So my book club had this conversation last night. We're reading the tagged book this month. I haven't started reading yet, so I couldn't help. Anyone read this book and have words of advice for us? (Preferably without spoilers.) Thanks!

BucklingBookshelves Hmmm — I haven‘t read this yet but I bought it after I finally read the book thief over the summer. I was so lost on that one at first but it came around for me — I hope this will be the same eventually! Curious about your thoughts once you read it! 2mo
smilingshelves @BucklingBookshelves We read The Book Thief for our very first book club book, so we decided to do this one for our five-year anniversary. Reading these comments, I'm really curious to start reading it now! 2mo
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Abby2
Pickpick

Beautiful writing and a tragic story I enjoyed it but it did get slow

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kitkatdallibooks
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Currently reading "Bridge of clay" by Markus Zusak. My goodness this book is so deep and poetic and mysterious. I can't wait to see where this goes.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book, and at times I did. Clay and the Dunbar family grew on me throughout the seemingly endless pages of this book. However, this story could have been told in a quarter of the amount of pages. The writing style was tough to get back into every time I picked up the book, and the order of the unfolding of events was at times repetitive and confusing.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

Based on other reviews, this is a love it/hate it book. I for one, loved it. A stunning character study about 5 brothers, narrated by the eldest, exploring family, love, grief, redemption & more. While reading, you can almost hear how desperately the narrator wants you to know & understand. The story bounces back & forth across time & into everyone‘s backstories so you really have to pay attention but if you do, the reward is immense. Recommended.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Ugh, roaches are the worst.

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TracyReadsBooks
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First book in April—started a few hours early...

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TrishB
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#bridgeovertroubledwater #marchintothe70s
There‘s a bridge and lots of troubled water....I really liked this book. It‘s not The Book Thief and I think the author probably suffers by that. I thought it was a good read though.

Paula3 I bought this one & have been meaning to read it. I'd heard mixed reviews. I think I'll read it next. 3mo
TrishB @Paula3 I‘ve seen mixed reviews, but I enjoyed it 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen Same @Paula3 I‘m worried it‘s not gonna live up to my expectations and it‘s a bit of a #chunkster 😱but I think I‘ll try it soon xx thanks for putting it back on my radar Trish ❤️ 3mo
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Tereses
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No seats left either stage #adlww #marcuszusak #fullhouse

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Fan_of_70
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Pickpick

I definitely recommend this! It was such a beautiful story about family, love, and grief. Zusak really has a talent for writing, characters, and world building. I will definitely continue to read whatever he writes. While I didn‘t like this quite as much as The Book Thief (it was very close), I still highly recommend it! Also, there are parts of this that I found really emotionally devastating so be prepared.

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Fan_of_70
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Bracing myself for the part that I just hit where I know it‘s going to be emotionally devastating.

Cinfhen I‘ve been putting off reading this book because I‘m not sure I‘m emotionally ready 😣good luck 🍀 4mo
Fan_of_70 @Cinfhen I bawled my eyes out through various parts. It was definitely an emotional book, but I still recommend it when you find yourself ready. 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks!!! Glad to hear 😊I‘m always worried a book I‘m looking forward to won‘t live up to my expectations. 4mo
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tonyahoswalt
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Pickpick

I struggled to decide if this is a top pick or just so-so, but I'm going with top pick. I love Zusak's writing, I just felt at one point over half way through that I still didn't know what the book was about. But I think I figured it out. It's a book of the love of a family, the love between two teenagers, and grief. Long and enveloping. #yareads

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Fan_of_70
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Got this from the library and am already part way through! So far, I‘m liking it more than I Am the Messenger, but am still holding out to see how it compares to The Book Thief.

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Silvertongue
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Picked up these two bad boys from the library today! Just started on Bridge of Clay — has anyone else read it? It‘s off to a pretty weird start so far... do things start to make sense eventually?

TrishB My friend just started this and texted me to say she was lost at the beginning ! I loved it 💕 4mo
Silvertongue @TrishB thanks for your input! I‘ll keep at it! I‘m glad to hear you loved it — had high hopes for it (the book their and I am the messenger are some of my favorite books!) Best of luck to your friend :) 4mo
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karenna
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Pickpick

Initially, the fragmented narrative presents a challenge, but the effort is rewarded due to the moving story and lovable characters.

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TrishB
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UK kindle peeps! Great offer if you haven‘t read.

Cinfhen No way!!!!!!!!!! 4mo
squirrelbrain Ha, just noticed that and was about to post when I thought I‘d check to see if anyone had beaten me to it....! I haven‘t read read it so bought it... 4mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Trish 👍🏻 4mo
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Cathythoughts Just got it now ♥️ 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen the different offers are bonkers aren‘t they! 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts I loved it but it‘s not The Book Thief and I think people seem to be p‘d off it wasn‘t The Book Thief 2! 4mo
Cinfhen I have the physical copy I bought for $17.95 and I‘m pretty sure I‘m going to HATE this book 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen lol! I have many on the pile that I feel like that! Without any rational reason. 4mo
Cinfhen Exactly!!! “Without any rational reason” 😂😂😂 4mo
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ElisabethRose
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These semester promises to be crazy busy for me. I unfortunately won't have much time for reading. I got this beauty for Christmas and I've so looked forward to reading it. I love Zusak, The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger are two of my absolute favorite books of all time. It might take me some time to get through but it promises to be great

#tbr #favoriteauthor #newbook

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crazyspine
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Pickpick

Started my #LitsyPartyofOne a little early @MrBook @Ambrosnazzy

I don't think I understood the first 100 pages. The dreamy writing style and Australian dialect made it tough for me, but once I got into the flow, I fell in love with Clay, Carey, and all the Dunbar boys.

Andrew65 I felt the same! 4mo
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emilyrose_x
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1. Bridge of Clay. I'm enjoying it so far but not aw much as The Book Thief!
2. I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. It's a YA book but it is amazing and nearly reduced me to tears ?
3. "It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live." ~ Albus Dumbledore

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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GypsyKat
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Okay, so the hubs and I may have gone a little crazy at Barnes & Noble, but it was so much fun! ❤️📚 #BookHaul #BookishMug

TheBookStacker I almost bought that copy of a love poems the other day 4mo
GypsyKat @TheBookStacker It was just too cute to resist this close to Valentines Day. 4mo
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Purpleness
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Glad I finished this one at home with no witnesses to my bawling. Beautiful, poetic, and gut-wrenching.

StaceyKondla I loved this book so much as well - gorgeous writing and a wholly emotional family epic ❤️ 4mo
manicdirteater I just snagged this one from the library and I‘m excited to read it. 4mo
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Eva2
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Pickpick

Wow! That was an epic read! Beautiful book. Once I got over the strange way it zig zags from 1st person to 3rd person narrative, I really enjoyed it.

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Rissreads
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Pickpick

This is the story of a deeply wounded family of 5 boys. The characters are created beautifully and with such depth, I don‘t want to let them go just yet.
It is a complex story that takes a bit to get into and understand what‘s going on as it jumps around timelines, but it‘s so worth it.
#LitsyAtoZ letter ‘Z‘
#ozfiction
And really who wouldn‘t want a mule for a pet?

TrishB I loved it 💕 4mo
MrsMalaprop Great review 👏. 4mo
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Wendirella
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February TBR. I only picked out 6 in hopes of sticking to a game plan. I‘m terrible at planning my reading!

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suzisteffen
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
Mehso-so

Zusak always, always makes me feel like tearing my hair out, this one because of the horrid predetermination thing and the stupid gendered violence and “boys are like that” thing and the ways the women of this book get punished. So-so? Pan? I can‘t tell. Always. Fneh.

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Purpleness
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Starting Bridge of Clay! So excited for this one

StaceyKondla I absolutely loved this book! A gorgeous and sweeping family epic full of raw emotion ❤️ 5mo
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suzisteffen
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Reading Bridge of Clay and enjoying lunch. Mmmm! (Labneh, baba ghanouj, hummus, dolmas, falafel.)

batsy Oh, yum! All of my favourites. 5mo
suzisteffen @batsy Right? I would eat here like three times a day if I didn‘t live 50 miles away. 😋😋😋 5mo
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teaa41
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1) Tagged book, Saga Vol. 3, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
2) Ravenclaw
3) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Love Saga! Thanks for joining in 💙 5mo
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suzisteffen
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No, Libby. Bad update. Noooope. Do not want.

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MrsMalaprop
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Pickpick

How do you follow-up The Book Thief? Bridge of Clay was 20 years in the making.
It is an epic read.

I found the constant chopping in timeframes disorienting at times and this book made me work. There were glimpses of awesome right from the beginning though and I was determined to read on.

Beautiful, sad, and at times confusing. Ultimately a life affirming family saga. #ozfiction

Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👍🏻stacked 5mo
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Eva2
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Starting this one today. I enjoyed ‘The Book Thief‘ so I am hoping I will enjoy this one too. A friend has just finished it and says it‘s really good. I‘m keen to get stuck in so that we can compare notes! 😀

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MrsMalaprop
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📚😍👏

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MrsMalaprop
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I‘ve been struggling to get into this #currentread. But @Lindy ‘s recent review has made me determined to persist. 👊

It‘s my 2nd read of 2019. My 1st, Hearts Invisible Furies was also a #chunkster. I always seem to start the year with epic reads 🤔.

My recent bereavement and my mum‘s diagnosis of dementia mean I‘ve been finding it hard to devote the time & headspace I‘d like to devote to reading & Litsy. ☹️

This pedicure will surely help 😉.

LeeRHarry Sorry I‘m late to post but you have my condolences for you loss 💕 5mo
9999 I am sorry you have had a rough time. I lost my dad quite suddenly in 2018. We never have enough time. It was hard/is hard for me to find focus sometimes. Hang in there. Self care is important. Sending hugs! 5mo
LapReader Pedicures help fix all kinds of things. Take care. 5mo
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Libby1 ❤️ 5mo
LauraBeth ❤️❤️ 5mo
AmyG I‘m sorry for your loss. And I am so sorry about your mother. My Mom had alzheimers. It‘s not easy. Always find time for yourself...it‘s so important. 5mo
Lindy I‘m sorry for your loss. 🌻 Bridge of Clay is a book about grief and it may be that your own grief is too fresh right now for reading this particular book. 5mo
cobwebmoth Sending hugs. 5mo
CarolynM Thinking of you ❤️ 5mo
MrsMalaprop You could be right @Lindy although I might be starting to get hooked in now... 5mo
Lindy @MrsMalaprop I can assure you that this is a life-affirming story, acknowledging the pain and the hard-earned rewards inherent in struggling to be a good person, no matter what life throws at you. 5mo
Jeg I loved it once I got into it. 5mo
Joanne1 I‘m so sorry to hear you‘re having such a hard time. My condolences on your loss and. Hope the pedicure and time to read gave you a break from the worries for a short time at least. 5mo
MrsMalaprop @Joanne1 Thanks for your kind words 🙏. Grief and loss are tough, but I‘ve found they make me appreciate life so much more. Reading and pedicures are blissful parts of life that help me through. 😙 5mo
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Tianarose
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😂well i guess it‘s a good think I have Outlander series to keep me company for a while.

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Aseleener
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Husband is out of town, so it's just kitty cuddles and my book tonight. ❤ #catsoflitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐱 5mo
Texreader Beautiful kitty ❤️😻 5mo
krismlars Your kitty looks a lot like my kitty! 5mo
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