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Moon Tiger
Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: �a history of the world � and in the process, my own�. Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter; and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt. Penelope Lively�s Booker Prize-winning novel weaves an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, in a haunting story of loss and desire.
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Tanisha_A
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"There's nothing like being hitched to one's times in a way one never anticipated to make one think very personally indeed." That's my favourite quote from this book.

Written in just 200 pages, this is a story of relationships, love, loss, grief, yearnings, history (and the importance of telling it right), war and it's consequences. The prose is free flowing and absolutely gorgeous, bet you could read it in one sitting.

JennyM I read the tagged book earlier this year. I think I might need to read this one now 👉 3d
Tanisha_A @JennyM I think you will like it. 🙂 3d
CarolynM Such a great book! 3d
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Tanisha_A @CarolynM So good. I am awed at the brevity of this work. Wonderful! 3d
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻. I‘ve yet to read it , but I do have it ♥️ 3d
sudi Great review 😊👍 3d
Tanisha_A @sudi Thanks Sudi! 🙂 @Cathythoughts Will wait to see how you find it, although I kind of know you'll like it. 🙂 3d
batsy Nicely put ❤️ I will get to this someday!! 3d
Tanisha_A @batsy Someday is our best friend. ❤️ 3d
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Tanisha_A
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Fiction can seem more enduring than reality. Pierre on the field of battle, the Bennet girls at their sewing, Tess on the threshing machine — all these are nailed down for ever, on the page and in a million heads.

After a terrible week at work, feels so good to be back here! 🙂

JennyM Lovely to have you back, T. Hope you have a relaxing day planned 😘 2w
Velvetfur I'm sorry to hear you had a terrible week at work, I send you a hug - 🤗 - and I hope you have a lovely relaxing day x 2w
TrishB Hope work improves ❤️ 2w
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Tonton 💐🌟 2w
sudi Sorry to hear about the terrible week at work, hope it gets better 💕💕 2w
CarolynM Hope things are better in the coming week. I loved Moon Tiger - are you enjoying it? 2w
Aimeesue Moon Tiger! ❤️🐅❤️ 2w
Tanisha_A @JennyM Thanks Jen! It was a day full of sleeping and reading. Good day indeed! Hope you are having a lovely Sunday! 😘 2w
Tanisha_A @Velvetfur Thank you! Yes, having a much needed Sunday! Hope you are having a good weekend! 🥰 2w
Tanisha_A @TrishB Yesss, that would be awesome. 💚 2w
Tanisha_A @Tonton Thank you! ☺️ 2w
Tanisha_A @sudi Thanks Sudi! 💛 Did you have a rain filled weekend? 2w
Tanisha_A @CarolynM Thank you! I have read just 30 pages so far, and yes, I am loving the style. Even though it moves back and forth in time, it's not confusing. Beautiful prose, can't wait to see where it goes further. 2w
Tanisha_A @Aimeesue Looking forward to read further. I have seen the love for this book! ☺️ 2w
batsy I hope your work situation improves ❤️ Peace and well wishes for the new week! 🌻🌈 2w
mabell I hope you have a better week! ❤️ 2w
Velvetfur @Tanisha_A Good to hear 😊 I'm having a good reading day today, thanks, as the weather is truly awful (lots of rain and strong wind) so I refuse to go out! 2w
RaimeyGallant Great quote! 2w
sudi @Tanisha_A more like moody rain, it'll rain for an hour and then it's back to hot and humid 🙄 1w
Tanisha_A @batsy @mabell Thank you my lovelies! 🥰 1w
Tanisha_A @RaimeyGallant This book is full of great statements! 1w
readordierachel Hope this week is better 💕💕 1w
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Thanks love! Hope you are having a good week too. 💞 1w
BiblioLitten Trust books to make things better! Hugs💕 1w
ephemeralwaltz I hope work gets better! In any case it's almost the weekend 🎉🎉☀️☀️ 6d
Tanisha_A @BiblioLitten Yessss, the bestest ever! 4d
Tanisha_A @ephemeralwaltz Claraaaaaa! Thank youuuu! 🌻 4d
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Mdargusch
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What‘s better than book mail? Unexpected book mail!

Thank you @Cinfhen for tucking a surprise for me in the package for @Reviewsbylola - it made my day. 😁 I‘m a big fan of Penelope Lively.

Reviewsbylola What a great cover! 3w
readordierachel That cover 😍 3w
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf! 3w
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Mdargusch Have you read any of her books @LeahBergen ? 3w
Mdargusch I think it‘s worth the cover alone @Reviewsbylola @readordierachel 🤗 3w
emilyhaldi What are those flowers?! I need!!! 1d
emilyhaldi I thought so!!! Did you grow it yourself?! 8h
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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #TheMoonSong I‘ve yet to read this one ... but by all accounts it‘s really good. Must get there soon.

Thankyou @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant for a great month 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘😘

Cinfhen Its REALLY GOOD!!!!! You‘re gonna love it!!! And thanks for playing along ❤️ 4w
Lcsmcat Love that cover! 4w
rohit-sawant On my TBR! Thanks for joining in! 😊 💕 4w
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Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat yes! I do too ♥️👍🏻 4w
erzascarletbookgasm On my tbr too, but I love your cover! 4w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm 👍🏻♥️♥️ 4w
LeahBergen It‘s sitting on my shelf, too! 4w
andrew61 I loved this book cathy so id thoroughly recommend - i managed to get the liam mcillvaney at the library today which i think you enjoyed as saw it was on the theakstons shortlist. 4w
Cathythoughts @andrew61 is it The Quaker ?! I thought that book was very good. Yes looking forward to Moon Tiger. Just home from IRL Bookclub... on a book high 😊🥰 4w
andrew61 @Cathythoughts yes The quaker ☺ 4w
Cathythoughts @andrew61 we just discussed Bone Clocks !!!! A great night. Most loved it ... a few found it impossible.. great chat . Look forward to your thoughts on The Quaker 4w
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Tanisha_A
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There's plenty to read right now, but I couldn't resist going to the library. 🙃

akckitty I'm a sucker for the library too 😉 1mo
Tanisha_A @akckitty Heaven on Earth! ☺️ 1mo
readordierachel Can't wait to hear what you think of this! It's sitting on my shelf right now. 1mo
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JennyM It‘s a problem I know all too well! #librarylove 1mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel I am looking forward to it. 🙂 1mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Hahaha, you know the best Ms. Library. 💙 1mo
CarolynM Love that book. Hope you're enjoying it🙂 1mo
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youneverarrived
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Claudia is full of flaws; therefore ultimately human and relatable. What makes it more brilliant is that she is looking back at her past from her own eyes, but also we get to see glimpses from the perspective of her daughter, lovers & brother. How history & human lives connect & converge is what I got from this novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nightorientedtitle #booked2019

CarolynM I love this book ❤️ Great cover too! 2mo
Cinfhen This was such an excellent read. Great review! 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... I still must read this one. ♥️ 2mo
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LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf and now I want to bump it up the TBR. 2mo
youneverarrived @CarolynM I love the cover! 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen thanks! I‘m glad I chose it for this prompt 💙 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you, I do think you might like it 👍 2mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen it‘s definitely worth the read 👍 2mo
charl08 Love this one, but haven't had much success with her others 2mo
youneverarrived @charl08 ah really? I was thinking of reading another of hers after liking this one so much. 2mo
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Cinfhen
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I wasn‘t aware that this previous Man Booker winner was in the running for the Golden Booker. I understand why. A well crafted story starring Claudia, a most unconventional woman who is looking back on her life from her deathbed. Claudia is both the villain and the fair maiden, with an entire cast of secondary characters equally compelling. Lively writes a full bodied story in a sparse amount of pages although I felt it needed a little bit more.

Cinfhen Thank you @Simona for gifting me this book. I‘m not sure I ever would have gotten to it on my own 🙏🏻🧡😘 3mo
Cinfhen I tagged you on your post of this book @CarolynM 3mo
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Simona Man Booker‘s books can be good 😘 3mo
Tex2Flo The cover illustration FORCED me to stack it. 3mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! and that cover is so amazing 3mo
kspenmoll The cover is gorgeous! Great review; makes me want to read this book! 😘 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review. I will place this further up my tbr 😊 3mo
Cinfhen This book isn‘t anything that I imagined it to be @erzascarletbookgasm @kspenmoll @Emilymdxn @Tex2Flo @Simona and while the cover is SPECTACULAR I think it threw me off. I thought based on the cover the book would be more mystical, spiritual, dreamy but it‘s a tangled tale of history our own and the world‘s and how we perceive and recall events/memories. It‘s really really intuitive and well written. 3mo
KarenUK This sounds fantastic! Stacked 👍 3mo
KarenUK And it works for #pop19 👍💕 3mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf (and my cover is SO different 😮). 3mo
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Cinfhen
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“I‘ve grown old with the century; there‘s not much left of either of us. The century of war. All history, of course, is the history of wars, but this hundred years has excelled itself.” Ain‘t that the true defination of the 20th century!!! This writing is so good. I‘m fascinated with the character created by Penelope Lively.

CarolynM Yes, it's such a good book. I'm looking forward to discussing it with you when you finish. 3mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful writing ♥️. I have it waiting for ages ... you‘ve inspired me to pick it up soon 3mo
BarbaraBB This is such a gorgeous book. I even remember that quote! 3mo
ClairesReads This is one of my favourite books of all time 3mo
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Cinfhen
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“I always thought a kaleidoscope view might be an interesting heresy.Shake the tube and see what comes out.”I think I‘m going to like this one 😊

GatheringBooks oh wow. i am salivating over that cover. 3mo
JennyM Penelope Lively is such a great author - but I‘ve not read this one. Although the cover would be enough for me. Beautiful! 3mo
Kalalalatja That is a great cover! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm What a striking cover! Hope you‘re enjoying the book! 😘 3mo
CarolynM I loved it. I will be very interested to see your review. 3mo
Aimeesue Moon Tiger!!!❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana That cover! ❤️ 3mo
Rissreads I‘ve never heard of it. I see it won the Man Booker prize in 1987. I tend to like books that have won. Oh no 🤦‍♀️ another book stacked! 3mo
Simona You should read Bitter Orange first, this one is for for improving the taste 😘 3mo
GlassAsDiamonds Love that cover!! 3mo
readordierachel That cover is amazing! 3mo
Cinfhen You should all know, the inside is just as dreamy as the outside...I‘m enjoying this book very much!! Claudia is quite an interesting character @GlassAsDiamonds @Simona @Rissreads @DivineDiana @Aimeesue @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja @JennyM @GatheringBooks 😍 3mo
Cinfhen Oooops, too late, I went for your more beloved book first @Simona I know you weren‘t crazy about 3mo
BarbaraBB Great cover indeed. I have Bitter Orange on my shelves as well and am actually looking forward to it. Didn‘t know it was a so-so for you @Simona 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I loved the atmosphere in Bitter Orange, but I wasn‘t convinced by the story ... and while I was reading it I had constantly in my mind Moon Tiger... different content, but very similar structure. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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#BookMail from the amazing @Simona 🎉💕🤩 Im totally blown away....it‘s not my birthday, it‘s not a gift exchange, it wasn‘t a giveaway prize...it was just a BOX FULL OF AWESOMENESS from the sweetest, kindest friend. I feel spoilt and beyond lucky to have made so many wonderful friends through this community of readers. I don‘t know where to begin, but I LOVE it all (especially the Nutella & face mask) and SHIT. I REALLY LIKE YOU TOO, 😘😘😘

Cinfhen Ran out of room....I‘ve been wanting to read Moon Tiger forever....especially because the cover is stunning @Simona and I‘m super curious about 3mo
Cinfhen And I‘m so grateful for our friendship xx you‘re wonderful and beautiful and I wish you bright, joyful, happy days 💟 3mo
Cinfhen And I LOVE ALL the items from Slovenia 🇸🇮 ❤️🙌🏻 @Simona (edited) 3mo
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vivastory This is great! 3mo
MoonWitch94 How wonderful 3mo
batsy So lovely ❤️ Simona is so kind. 3mo
Cinfhen Yes, she really is quite special @batsy @vivastory @MoonWitch94 🙏🏻❣️ 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful! So lovely of Simona 💗 3mo
Kalalalatja Just wonderful! 3mo
Simona Yes, finally my sleep will be peaceful again😘 While I was reading Bitter Orange, I couldn‘t stop to compare it with Moon Tiger. Comparable content, but one of them is successful and very good in almost every aspect, and one of them is not so good ... I saw in one of your comments that you haven‘t read Dhal‘s short stories for adults yet. They are strange and unusual and I like them a lot. My best friend thinks, that they are garbage .... Enjoy❣️ 3mo
BarbaraBB What a sweet gift! And such great books! 3mo
TrishB Lovely 💕💕 3mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! ❤️❤️ 3mo
KarenUK Oooh great books! So much kindness... 💕💕💕 3mo
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Wilkie
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This could be the best first paragraph I have ever read❤️❤️

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KellyHunsakerReads
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So far this #ManbookerWinner hasn‘t captured me.

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Abailliekaras
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Loved this. Claudia looks back on her life; her time in Egypt at its heart. She‘s a clever, strong-willed narrator with fun, sharp commentary on others, & vulnerable by contrast when she loses the love of her life. I loved her reflections on how we write history & it‘s shaped (or re-written) in the telling. And how - for events & people - there are multiple histories. Pithy writing, vivid descriptions & thought-provoking. A strong, memorable book

CarolynM Great review of a wonderful book❤️ 8mo
britt_brooke Nice review! 8mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this one, must read 8mo
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CarolynM
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This is an extraordinary book with a spiky, challenging heroine and a fascinating cast of secondary characters. I loved it. But...I have a question about it which I am going to put in a comment so I can mark it with a spoiler. If you've read the book, please tell me what you think about this.

CarolynM Did Claudia and Gordon really have an incestuous relationship? I couldn't decide if it was just a kiss, or if more was being implied by the nude swimming scene. Their interaction was so interesting and do much a part of who Claudia was, but I feel a bit uncomfortable about this question hanging over it. Am I making too much of it? 10mo
LeeRHarry I picked this up from the library this week! Great minds think alike 😊 10mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I look forward to seeing your review. Hope we can discuss my question when you've read it🙂 10mo
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LeeRHarry @CarolynM definitely, it‘s second in the queue after my current read 😊 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow this cover 🖤 10mo
BarbaraBB Loved this book and wow, your cover 😍 10mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Do you have any thoughts about my spoiler question? 10mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM As I remember it they did, I don‘t think you‘re making too much of it. 10mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Thanks. Still a bit uncomfortable, though. Can such a taboo be shrugged off so easily, both by the characters and the author? 10mo
BarbaraBB I think they were both very young and innocent and that the author uses it to show how unconventional a person Claudia is. I‘m not sure though, i read it a long time ago. Regarding the subject I remember being so shocked by (edited) 10mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I think you're remembering correctly and I agree with what you say, I'm just not sure that it can be brought up without being examined. The characters must have rationalised it somehow, so how? Invisible sounds interesting. I will definitely look into that one. 10mo
Ruthiella I think Claudia and her brother felt they were above societal mores; rules are other, less intelligent people. I loved this book. Claudia was so unpleasant and yet so fascinating. 10mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella Yes, I get that. I suppose I just think it would have a more profound impact on a person's psyche, that it wouldn't be something you could easily put aside. Not necessarily damaging, but something you would actually have to deal with. Maybe I'm less open minded than I like to think I am. 10mo
Cinfhen Just finished the book and couldn‘t wait to open the spoiler tags! I was shocked when I read about the incest ~ they definitely shared a sexual experience but more importantly a connected heart. They truly loved each other as if they were a shared body. Even on her deathbed C seems to be recalling her love for Gordon. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure the author was trying to make any comment other than C was a woman who made no apologies and was by all means unconventional 3mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen I like the idea that their sense of connection needed a physical element. But in that case, why did their physical relationship stop? Their connection obviously never did. Having read another Lively now, I think she likes to leave her readers with plenty of questions. Thanks for sharing your thoughts😘 3mo
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JenniferP
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I loved this book! Amusing, insightful, and poignant musings by a woman on her deathbed - love and relationships prevail. #bookerprize #goldenbooker

Emilymdxn One of the best books ive read this year! I really loved this one 10mo
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JenniferP
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My next book, one chapter in and already loving the voice of the first person narrator! #librarybook #bookerprize

Aimeesue Moon Tiger was very, very good.❤️ 11mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Aimeesue ! I hope (and expect!) you will love it too! 11mo
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ReadingEnvy
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The other day, I was standing in a book signing line with @kdwinchester and she was talking about this book. It's been in the air recently because it was a finalist for the Golden Man Booker Prize, selected as the top book for the 1980s winners. I hadn't read anything by this author and today when I was digging around Hoopla after stalling on several reads, this was there so I went for it. That's reading envy for you hmm? (I also needed tea.)

CarolynM I've been meaning to read this for such a long time. Look forward to seeing your review. 11mo
LeeRHarry Thanks for the reminder about this book 😊 I‘ve just put it on hold at my library! 11mo
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ReadingEnvy @CarolynM It is a fairly quick read, and I liked it quite a bit. More soon! 11mo
ReadingEnvy @LeeRHarry hooray! My library had it in Hoopla so I didn't even need to go there! 11mo
BarbaraBB A gem of a book! 11mo
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allthebooks
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Lively's writing is wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Claudia's thoughts and memories. She is not an easy character and this made her all the most real and enjoyable. Dying is not portrayed as easy here, and it felt a privilege to be part of what read as a very private process.

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beaconhillbooks
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Precisely.

The power of language. Preserving the ephemeral; giving form to dreams, permanence to sparks of sunlight.

🗒📚

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ClairesReads
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Moon Tiger is easily the best book I‘ve read in 2018. I find it almost impossible to review a novel that has affected me in this way. I‘ll leave it to say that Lively is expert in her use of language, and characterisation. This is a novel at once about a personal history, and the history of the world. It perfectly captures the intersection between private and public history, the collective and the individual. We are everything, and we are nothing.

Emilymdxn I loved this book too! 12mo
britt_brooke Nice review! 12mo
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BarbaraBB Excellent review 💕 12mo
LeeRHarry Fab review 😊 12mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn it‘s wonderful isn‘t it? 12mo
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ClairesReads
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History; my love #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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Indiscriminate spam! #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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This book is too much ❤️💯 #indiebuddyreads

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Redheadrambles Ah yes that‘s a great one ! 12mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles i debated posting it, because I thought it was a bit political but then I thought...no matter what side of the fence you‘re on, it‘s basically true 12mo
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Neale
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Just arrived!!! 😊😊😊 Unfortunately didn‘t win the GB though. 🙁

ns510reads Oh it arrived! What a beaut! 😍 (and besides, the IBR HoF is the one that really counts! 😜) 12mo
MeikeReads @Neale I couldn't agree more with @ns510reads ! :-) 12mo
Redwritinghood Nice find! 12mo
Redheadrambles That‘s so awesome Neale ! What a great addition to your collection. 12mo
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allthebooks
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It's been a great day at the Henley Regatta with lots of down time to read Penelope Lively. Leaving the UK tomorrow, next stop Belgium!! #backpackEurope

JenP What‘s the drink? 12mo
allthebooks A customized 'Pimms cocktail without Pimms' - gin, lemonade, mint, cucumbers...delicious! 12mo
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ClairesReads
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History, my love #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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From the first sentence I can tell this is 💯 for me ❤️ #indiebuddyreads

ns510reads Yasss! 🙌🏽 12mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes I was pretty sure it would be ! 12mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles history nerd 12mo
BarbaraBB You‘ll love this one, I‘m sure! 12mo
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ClairesReads
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Highly anticipated current read #indiebuddyreads

ReadingEnvy Ooh I love the cover on this edition! 12mo
ns510reads Woohoo! 🙌🏽 we have the same crazy cover. Psychedelic but I kinda love it 😉 12mo
Neale Great cover. 😊 12mo
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads agree it‘s the best cover 12mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles @ReadingEnvy @ns510reads @Neale I agree this cover is awesome! Although I also really like the super 80s original one that Nicky (I think?) has. (edited) 12mo
Redheadrambles With the feluccas ? 12mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles that‘s the one! I‘m a bit of a sucker for 80s/90s cover art 12mo
Neale @ClairesReads @Redheadrambles That‘s the signed one that I have coming that Dave wants me to show him when it arrives. 😊 12mo
ClairesReads @Neale cool!! 12mo
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Neale
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars. Quite simply a masterpiece. The main protagonist Claudia, along with Jaxie from The Shepard‘s Hut, is my favourite character of the year. However Vernon Subutext is close. 😊 #indiebuddyreads

ClairesReads Finally on holiday and starting this tomorrow I hope! I can‘t wait! And my copy of Vernon arrived yesterday too! 12mo
Neale OMG Claire, with those two and Winton you have three amazing books to read. 😊 12mo
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allthebooks
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#backpackeurope I finally made it! Spending a few days in London with aunt Claudia and fitting in an afternoon at the Regatta. @JenP @BookwormM

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Neale
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#indiebuddyreads This might help those who have not seen one. Interesting to see this one is called Earth Tiger.

Redwritinghood What is it? I haven‘t read the book yet. 12mo
Neale @Redwritinghood It‘s a mozzie coil. You light it and the resulting smoke keeps the mozzies away. Ver y healthy! 😊 12mo
Redheadrambles Ah interesting! Thanks Neale 12mo
ns510reads All the nostalgia! Haven‘t seen one of these for ages lol 12mo
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Redheadrambles
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I think this is the most books I have ever read in a single month ... although some were crossover books from May.
5 star - Moon Tiger such a discovery for me. Census, Sodden Downstream and Vernon all excellent books !

I think I am now 14/24 on #ReadHarder2018 #junewrapup

ClairesReads You‘ve reminded me to do a monthly wrap up when I finish Census. It‘s been quite a month for you! 12mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I know it‘s always surprising when you put it all together. Maybe I am getting faster since starting my new read short stories in between books strategy... 12mo
BarbaraBB I am tempted to stack all your picks... 😀 12mo
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Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB you have to read Moon Tiger if you haven‘t already I just think it‘s magnificent and Vernon Subutex as well if you can find it, is in your face but awesome. 12mo
BarbaraBB I read and loved both Census and Moon Tiger so I have to get my hands on a copy of Vernon Subutex! 12mo
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB You need to read Vernon, it's so wonderful!! 12mo
BarbaraBB @MeikeReads I just ordered a copy on BookDepository 😀 12mo
AceOnRoam We are making you #ReadFaster 😊 Well done! 12mo
Redheadrambles @AceOnRoam hahaha 😂 I like it 12mo
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really have to thank the Golden Booker shenanigans for putting this one in my path. Could it be my new favourite Booker of all time ?. It‘s going to come close.

It‘s just a lovely bit of unexpected genius. Claudia perhaps one of my all time favourite female characters, both monstrous and magnificent. It is a rare book that can convey the passage of an entire life, credibly and on such a small canvas - how did she manage that ?

Redheadrambles #Readharder2018 - Protagonist over the age of 60 12mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book too. What book is it competing with as your all-time favorite Booker book? 12mo
Neale @Redheadrambles Trudie, I‘m only six chapters in but I have a feeling it‘s going to be my favourite as well. 😊 12mo
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Redheadrambles @Neale yippee !!!! 12mo
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB has to be The Remains of the Day 12mo
BarbaraBB O wow, I can agree with that 💕 12mo
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Neale
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Everybody at #indiebuddyreads is raving about this so if it turns out to be crap..... 😁

Redwritinghood I just ordered a copy yesterday, so we‘ll see. 😊 12mo
Neale @Redwritinghood Read the first chapter and I can already feel I‘m going to love it. 😊 12mo
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Page 2 already loving this writing

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Simona
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A superb story with the main theme about the perceiving general history which is shaped by personal intimate memories, and this is the story of a woman on her deathbed who, while pondering about her life, writes her history of the world. Captivating story, a complex structure, challenging characters and elegant prose - all you need in a good book. #GoldenBooker

Simona @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft This book is also my pick for #MCover70yo #booked2018 Main character is Claudia, 76 yo historian thinking about different events and stages in her life. 12mo
Cinfhen Are you officially done?!? If not you must be VERY CLOSE 12mo
Simona @Cinfhen Not yet, I still have five prompts 😘 (edited) 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review. Thanks!! 👏🏻👏🏻😍😍📚📚 12mo
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you 🙏 12mo
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rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 12mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 12mo
thereadingowlvina Welcome to Litsy!!! 🤗🎉 12mo
Aimeesue Moon Tiger is such a great book. Welcome! 12mo
Bookspirit 👋Welcome to Litsy and Congrats on becoming a Litten 👏☺ 12mo
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Few pages in ... and already in love!

Emilymdxn I loved this book when I read it! I hadn‘t heard of it before it was nominated for the man booker golden prize but so glad I found it! Is that how you heard about it? 12mo
Simona @Emilymdxn No, I was familiar with this one before, I even had it a few times before from the library, but I never read it 🤷‍♀️ Golden prize nomination was just the last push to actually read it. (edited) 12mo
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Emilymdxn
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Loved this book! In with a chance of being my pick for the #manbookergoldenprize though I‘m still sort of hoping to read one that‘s this mind blowing and less colonial. I was a bit uncomfortable with some of the descriptions of foreign countries, they felt quite dated. I loved the writing style and the protagonist though, it was a very complicated beautiful book.

BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot, just as An English Patient. But I read them long ago and wouldn‘t know if I‘d love them as much today. I am still not sure what book to vote for! 13mo
Emilymdxn @BarbaraBB the only 2 I‘ve read so far are this one and Wolf Hall - id probably say this one was most to my taste but wolf hall was ‘better‘ if I‘m trying to be objective? Gonna be hard to make my mind up after I ram even more books in there! 13mo
BarbaraBB I feel the same about Wolf Hall in relation to this one. And I must say I still often think about Wolf Hall. 13mo
Emilymdxn @BarbaraBB I definitely enjoyed wolf hall more than I was expecting to! I don‘t tend to like anything set among Tudors but I did enjoy it enough to buy the sequel. I don‘t think it‘ll end up being my pick for this prize but then they all look so good 13mo
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Hello everyone! I vanished for a while during some health troubles but I‘m back and reading again now. Reading Moon Tiger for the #manbookergoldenaward shortlist and loving it so much so far!

I love the loosely modernist but not pretentious (so far) style and the complicated protagonist, feels quite Virginia Woolfy.

jhod Welcome back, I need to buy this one! 13mo
Emilymdxn @jhod I really recommend it! Quite a quick read too 13mo
knittedgnome Welcome back! 🏵️🌼🌺 13mo
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Lately I have found myself really drawn to the kind of novel that charts the course of a single character's life from beginning to end.

Something about them is just deeply satisfying. It feels like you come to know the central character personally, flaws and all.

Moon Tiger (1987) and Stoner (1965) were both read for #192019challenge.

DGRachel I loved Stoner. It was my favorite of my book club reads this year. 2y
Lindy Another whole life story is aptly named: 2y
Marchpane @Lindy oh that looks great, thanks for the suggestion! I'll try to track it down 😊 2y
Lindy @Marchpane You‘re welcome. 🌻 2y
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#kidsinlove #decdays
Im going to try harder this month on the challenges. Yesterday I listened to Radio 4's 'A good read ' and kathy Retntzenbrink picked this a book i love and one of few I've reread and made me want to reread again. Anyway they discussed whether claudia and her brother Gordon had an incestuous relationship, they definitely have an intense relationship - now to put it down to read again in 2018

Centique This is such a great book - a favourite from this year for me. More people need to read it! 2y
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Heideschrampf
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Yet another uni read for breakfast #booksatbreakfast #booksandbreakfast

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Centique
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This won the Man Booker 1987. It's about an elderly woman dying in hospital. She contemplates how we each perceive our self, how our past affects who we are and how we'll be remembered after we're gone by others perceptions of us. Claudia has secrets, things her family will never know. She revisits past Claudias - so different to the Claudia she is today. Her past in war torn Egypt transfixed me. This book is clever, subtle and beautiful. ⬇️

Centique I almost gave up on it in the first few pages because I found C unlikeable. The structure is clever and a little challenging. Sometimes a scene is immediately retold from a second POV. But it all adds to the subtle punch of understanding Claudia and her history. Please try it! 2y
Reggie Wow, great, intriguing review. 2y
TrishB What @Reggie said! 2y
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batsy Beautiful review. I bought this but haven't read yet and it's nice to hear that you enjoyed it. 2y
Centique @batsy thanks - I hope you enjoy it too. I think it's one I'm going to have to reread - I'm sure I missed things! 2y
Cathythoughts Wow, this book sounds excellent , must investigate 🙏 2y
ClairesReads This edition 😍 12mo
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