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The Promise
The Promise | Damon Galgut
A modern saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by the Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut. Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled promises; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt. Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country -- an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and--ultimately--hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones. "Galgut will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa's transition [ . . . ] in every way the equal of J. M. Coetzee."--Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Another fantastic South African author, with a story set in my beautiful home country.
This novel won the 2021 Booker Prize.
I'm very excited to read it.

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Abailliekaras
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An elegant, multi-layered, gently satirical novel set in South Africa. It follows three siblings, all believable characters shaped to a greater or lesser extent by their environment - apartheid & its end. Their racist attitudes make for uncomfortable reading but I think was Galgut‘s intent. The writing is superb with an assured sense of place & complex characters. It didn‘t move me but it‘s readable, thought-provoking & beautifully realised.

Simona That is my favourite read for this year and I think that is masterpiece. 4d
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bookaholic1
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Mehso-so

#97
I found this book OKAY, and nothing more

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rmaclean4
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Great read. This is a novel that I would love to study in a literature class. Layed and nuanced story telling. 4.5 🌟

Cathythoughts Nice review! I really enjoyed this too & just gave my son a copy for his birthday 🤞🏻😁 1w
Brimful Totally agree. I think instance the role of religion in the book hasn‘t been explored in discussions to date 7d
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Graywacke
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The Booker Prize winner is a satirical and dark look at white owners of a large South African farm. Galgut‘s writing comes across really confident on audio, but also seems to be searching for the right balance of serious themes, human characters, satirical and simple humor. I wouldn‘t call it perfect, but I enjoyed it.

Cathythoughts Great picture & review! I really enjoyed this one too 2w
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BkClubCare
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#BookerPrize For such a short book, this is dense and slow-going. The narrator was effective but also disorienting because Involved = All-knowing, and the reader is spoken to. We don‘t get enough of the hero, in my opinion and it is heart-breaking to pick favorite characters. The title promise is a diversion from the point of humans frittering away their potential. And I hate that phrase: “not living up to your potential” but there it is.

BkClubCare #tob2022longlist #tob2022 #tob Hope it makes the shortlist. 2w
mdm139 Love the dog‘s bandana. I went to school there. 2w
BkClubCare @mdm139 - 😎💜😼 Me, too. I am in Wichita now 2w
mdm139 @BkClubCare I lived in Wichita for two years after college. Still have a house there. I love Watermark Books! 2w
BkClubCare @mdm139 Watermark Books is awesome! (Haven‘t met many indie bookstores I haven‘t loved 😂) 2w
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BkClubCare
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“And that‘s Manie, her much-younger brother, who looks to her eyes like an owl, a baby owl she‘d picked up and kept once as a child.” #owlchild
#booklink #coinky-dink When a book reminds you of another! #Chouette #TOB202LongList #TOB #TOB2022 #BookerPrize2021

BkClubCare Lifluence 18092 (edited) 3w
BkClubCare Chouette is French for 🦉 owl 3w
BkClubCare 14% Milk Tart = 🥧 3w
readingonarainyday What do you think of this book so far? 3w
BkClubCare Good! Some of the phrasing is quite striking. I‘m highlighting a lot. 3w
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Suet624
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(The housesitting gig that comes with a cat) It‘s not so much the story…it‘s how the story is told. From the way we move from one character to the next, like we‘re watching a movie that pans slowly across the horizon. It‘s the sudden moments where you‘re wondering who the observer is. Is it a spirit? Is it Time itself, dispassionately narrating a life? While I was interested in the story, I will forever remember how I felt as I moved through it.

Leftcoastzen 😻free cat! 3w
batsy Nice review (and furry friend! 😆) 3w
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Suet624 @batsy Thank you! 3w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen haha. He was missing for about 32 hours and I was wondering if agreeing to housesit had been a good idea. 😜 3w
Leftcoastzen Yikes ! Sometimes they hide so well! 3w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen this guy is a roamer. He goes miles away and decides when he wants to come home. So I was the only one concerned. 😂 3w
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review Sue ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Suet624 @nathandrake1997 that‘s so kind of you. Your reviews are always so 🔥👏🏻💕. I so appreciate how much you offer in your posts. 3w
BarbaraBB Fabulous review. I am happy you liked it as much 🤍 3w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thank you, Barbara. I think you liked it but felt removed from it, right? 3w
BarbaraBB Yes a bit. But I am still thinking about it. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 👍 I can‘t wait for my library hold in about 6 weeks 😂 3w
Suet624 @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. 3w
Reggie Wow, stacked, Sue. What a lovely review. 3w
Suet624 @Reggie it won the Booker Prize. The Committee who voted can‘t be wrong, right? 😄 3w
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Cinfhen
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TrishB Cool 👍🏻 4w
Cinfhen I LOVE bookclub and hubby NEVER says a word about my book buying for bookclub @TrishB 4w
TrishB It‘s a literary event 😁♥️ 4w
BarbaraBB Great choices! 3w
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Suet624
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Because City Hall has so few people actually working in the building many of us are able to flee at lunchtime to quiet areas in the building to read. Reading the tagged book in one of my favorite spots in the building.

Bookwomble You have a beautiful view, there, Sue 💙💚 1mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I want to come back 😭 ! 4w
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Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s gorgeous! 😍 4w
Cathythoughts Beautiful 4w
batsy You're lucky to have that view 🙂💙 4w
Lcsmcat Lovely! 4w
Suet624 @batsy I definitely feel blessed to live in Vermont. 4w
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks this summer I see a trip in your future. 🙂 4w
kspenmoll What a view!!!!! 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll it sure is. 💕 3w
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Graywacke
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My next audiobook, the Booker Prize winner.

JamieArc I really enjoyed this, but wonder how it would be on audio. He does this interesting meandering thing with the narration, where the person speaking changes without you realizing it at first. It took a bit to get used to, but I ended up really liking it. I wonder how that would go on audio. 1mo
Graywacke @JamieArc interesting. I suspect it will loose the ambiguity as the narrator just changes voices. But I‘m curious now 1mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy! 🤍 1mo
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Cathythoughts Looking forward to your thoughts! I loved it 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts thanks, Cathy, good to know. I‘ve actually read enough about it, plus that award, that I think I need to be careful not to have unfair expectations. 🙂 (I will actually start when i drive into work today…shortly) 1mo
Suet624 I‘m reading it right now too! 1mo
Graywacke @Suet624 what do you think? Not sure how much is the reader, but the 1st hour has the feeling of a very assured author to me. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @Graywacke I‘m really really enjoying it. It feels like a movie that slides slowly from person to person so effortlessly, tell each person‘s view at the moment. 4w
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BarbaraBB
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And here‘s the winner of the #Booker prize. I am not really surprised, I can understand why it won. Congratulations to Galgut 🎈
I enjoyed reading this book but I rooted for either Bewilderment or No One is Talking About This!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain I was rooting for the Lockwood too, but this was my second favourite. 1mo
Cinfhen I was also rooting for the Lockwood but I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 1mo
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sarahbarnes I really loved this one, too. But agree with you on the other ones you thought were wonderful. 1mo
EvieBee Yay! I haven‘t read this but I adore him. This is my favorite of his (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle I just bought a copy of this through Book Depository! And, I noticed it also works for #ReadingAfrica2022 ! 😉 1mo
BarbaraBB @EvieBee That one sounds intense, thanks for the recommendation! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Absolutely! I felt sorry when I read it that I hadn‘t waited until 2022 😉 1mo
Suet624 Awww, bummer for Lockwood but now I‘m running to put this book on hold from the library. 1mo
AnneCecilie I was hoping for either Bewilderment or Great Circle (edited) 1mo
Simona I‘m extremely pleased with the winning book 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Simona You predicted it from the start! 👌🏽 1mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie I haven‘t read Great Circle. I should probably! 1mo
Simona 🤓🤗 1mo
Graywacke I think you were pulling against the CR grain. 🙂 I haven‘t read any of those three titles yet, but I‘m about to start this. Have my audio copy downloaded. 1mo
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JamieArc
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Wow! The book I was rooting for wins the prize! I wasn‘t planning on reading the Booker nominees this year, but am so glad I did. I really enjoyed many of them, and this one in particular gave me a lot to think about. Congrats, Damon Galgut 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

vivastory The only nominee I read was Lockwood's. I do want to read several of them, including Galgut's, but haven't had the emotional energy for a lot of lit fic lately. 1mo
Cathythoughts Such a great book!! I enjoyed it very much 👏🏻🎉 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m glad I read them all too this year, and I‘m pleased this won. 1mo
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Tonton
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The odds are on The Promise. I love the bookmaking on literature prizes! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/02/damon-galgut-favourite-to-win-2021...

erzascarletbookgasm Makes me want to read it more! 👍 1mo
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charl08
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Finally finished this one. (Mostly) grim reading.

DrexEdit Sounds terrifically grim. . . . and yet. . . it's blurbed by Rian Malan, whose autobiography I've always thought was a terrific book. I'm tempted! Despite the grimness! 1mo
charl08 @DrexEdit a book framed around funerals was never going to be light, was it 🤔 Hope you have a good read if you get to it. 1mo
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MinnieTimperley
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Now all signed. Such a great evening.

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 43/21

It‘s been a pretty good week. I enjoyed The Promise and The Nothing Man, two completely different books, but bailed on Beloved. Too confusing 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed your reads!! When do you even find the time???? 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I just don‘t function if I don‘t read (have time for myself) so I always make sure I make some time. Unfortunately I too often spend that time on my phone 😬 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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A story about a white South African family, who live on a farm outside Pretoria, a story about death , a story that cuts to the core of their lives. . I experienced the writing and the thoughts as profound , mesmerizing … A book to remember. Gravitas is the word that comes to mind when I think of this book.

squirrelbrain Great review Cathy! 1mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen .. I was really blown away by this one. 1mo
JamieArc This one has stayed with me. I was rooting for it to take the prize until I recently read A Passage North, and found myself loving the narrator‘s reflections. Now I‘m torn. 1mo
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LeahBergen Another wonderful review! 1mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc Ok ! I havnt read A Passage North … I really loved this one though… maybe I‘ll read A Passage …. Time is the problem 🤔😁 we need more reading time 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks birthday girl 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review Cathy! 1mo
batsy Lovely review! I wasn't too impressed by another Galgut book I read, but your review might persuade me to give this a go ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Barbara 👍🏻 @BarbaraBB (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks friend X . It‘s my first book by this author … I didn‘t know what to expect.. I was afraid it might turn into used up metaphors & become too obvious & borrowed… he did use some modern common psychology phraseology.. but only a few lines , and in a natural way. I had serious dreams after it ( always a good measure fit me ) 1mo
andrew61 Great review, I've been wondering whether to try it but definitely will do now. 1mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 I‘d love to hear what you think of it 👍🏻 1mo
Tamra Enticing review! Adding to TBR. 🤓 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I hope you will like it … look forward to your thoughts whenever you may get there 1mo
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charl08
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Switching between this and A Passage North.
Not really sold on either, not sure why.

BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one and didn‘t know why either. 1mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB I've not had much luck with his books, was hoping that this one might do the trick 1mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know him before. I seem to be the only one 😉 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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I did enjoy this story of a white family in South Africa. I liked the style, the many points of view. The atmosphere felt raw at times, magical at other times. A book well worth the #BookerPrize but somehow it didn‘t touch me as much as I expected.

Megabooks Those handlebars look so much more comfortable than US ones! Glad you enjoyed the book. R looks great. 💜 1mo
Megabooks Also, I saw that you got my BD package. 🥳 Your package to me should be delivered today too. We get our mail kinda late. Will let you know. Thanks! 💕 (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Fab pic! Sorry the book wasn‘t *quite* as good as you hoped. 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s what we call an ‘oma‘ (granny) bike. Quite old fashioned but back into fashion for years now. 👵🏼 🤍 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am excited for your package and also that mine reached you so fast! 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘m sorry too. It‘s me, I can‘t connect to a lot of books lately 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Great pic ! I‘m nearing the end of this one .. it is certainly holding my attention .. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I am glad to hear that. I was engaged too for the whole time but think I was waiting for some more ‘wow‘ 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
batsy Creative photography! 😁 I've read only one Damon Galgut book but found it extremely tedious 😬 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I am glad to hear that. I thought everyone loved him! 1mo
Cinfhen Cute photo 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks 😘 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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My little pet , Lisa, is totally cuddled up , for our post walk reading experience.
Good book so far , there is something very immediate about the feelings described , I can relate , I feel like ..Yes ! I‘ve felt like that but I didn‘t have the words to describe it so simply and profoundly

Lindy If I was a gambler, my money would be on this one to win the Booker. 2mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy Oh ! I will take a greater interest as I read ❤️😁 2mo
LeahBergen What a beautiful photo, Cathy! 😍 2mo
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 2mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous pic! 2mo
sarahbarnes I really loved this one! Great photo. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, Lisa, what a cutie 🥰. I‘ve got this book stacked after much Litsy love. 2mo
Megabooks So cute!! 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes Thanks! I‘m still trying to find time … but loving all the little snatchs I get 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm She‘s a cutie alright 👍🏻❤️ thanks Jessie ! It‘s good so far 2mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Wouldn‘t you just adore them ?! So cute 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
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mjtwo
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Booker longlist 6
Reading this book felt like watching a movie where you are never quite sure which character the camera is going to follow next. I loved it - the narrative style and the particular insight it gave into South Africa. I did not empathise with any of the members of the family, but that did not detract from the experience. Of the longlisted books I have read to date, this would be my choice to win. It was stunning.

Brimful I agree. I think it‘s a classic in the making! 2mo
JamieArc I‘m rooting for this one to win too 2mo
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ClairesReads
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Ooof this novel is an achievement. Galagut‘s narrative approach is unique- but executed expertly. This novel is about the weight of unfulfilled promises in individual lives, families and nations. It‘s one of those reads where at times you might wonder about the significance of small moments or choices Galgut has made but by the end he‘s turned you around and everything has come back to you, asking you to think again from a different view.

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to read this. Excellent review! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m hoping to read soon 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB thank you! Hope you both enjoy it 😊 2mo
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nathandrake1997
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How much does function rely on form to work? That's a question I ponder over at times. Especially when I'm reading something where form is as pertinent as function to the overall reading experience. And reading through Damon Galgut's THE PROMISE was definitely one such experience! (Continued in the comments)

nathandrake1997 ....While much has been written about its function (plot, themes, layers, allusions, etc) in a manner much more eloquent than I can even dream of writing, I instead want to talk about form, or rather, how form and function are almost inseparable in this magnificent novel.... 2mo
nathandrake1997 ....The narrative voice is something that stands out almost immediately. It's like a shapeshifter that takes a certain form pertaining to the requisite function to be delivered and does it in a manner so seamless that the presence of said form is noticed only in retrospect.... 2mo
nathandrake1997 ....This is a generational story where time plays a profound role, so the closest i could get to interpreting who or what this narrative voice is that the book in a way feels like its being narrated by time itself. I mean, is there any other observer whose existence we are aware of who is omnipresent yet oblivious? 2mo
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nathandrake1997 ....Now this might make the book sound like a near 300 page gimmick, but that could be as further from the truth as possible! Even if interpreted as a gimmick, this is one rare gimmick that has so many tricks up its sleeve that the tricks are being pulled out of the hat until the very last word and a few are still left in the hat itself to be unveiled during a re-read! 2mo
nathandrake1997 ....This post is more of a "reaction" than a "review" because I feel incapable of conveying why this book is the absolute masterpiece that it is! All I can say is, I have found a new favourite from this year's Booker Longlist ❤️ 2mo
JamieArc I might be rooting for this one to win. I really enjoyed it too. 2mo
nathandrake1997 @JamieArc I'm rooting for this as well ❤️ Such an exquisite book ♥️ 2mo
Suet624 I love this review. I just finished reading the book and you hit the nail on the head. 3w
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Thank you so much Sue ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This means a lot ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3w
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sarahbarnes
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Wow, what a book. An amazing story of family, self, identity and race in South Africa. And the narrative style is so so good. Reminds me a bit of Ali Smith, which is always a good thing. Happy this one made the Booker shortlist.

merelybookish Have you read the entire short list? 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I‘ve read 4/6. I got one more from the library this week, but I don‘t know if I‘ll read The Fortune Men because I don‘t think it‘s out here yet. 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Well done! Any faves? Or prediction? 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I‘m terrible at predicting. I did really love The Great Circle, but not sure it would win. And this one was very good, too. Good thing I‘m not a judge. 😂 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice. I found a Europa Editions Galgut I still need to get to. Does anyone here read through the Europa Editions? It's something I've been wanting to do, though I think I only have a handful, and only two immediately available to me (the Galgut and Valeria Parrella). 1d
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Simona
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Reading the longlist was interesting journey whose motto could be - something for every taste. From Booker nominees I expect challenging, exceptional, different, thought provoking stories, and some on this list are and some are just average. I have on my #BookerPrize2021 shortlist only five books, because Bewilderment by R.Powers has not yet been published, however, I expect to like it 🤞🤷🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB You predicted 4 out of 6, impressive! 3mo
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Simona
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A book where the complexity of the story (in the foreground is the white family in South Africa, in the background all the political and social changes in the country) is extremely enriched with a very thoughtful and dynamic structure, sometimes unusual narration (jumps from first to third person) and comprehensive characterization with a full spectrum of people from outspoken racists to white savior, it is a book/story with an extremely … 👇

Simona … strong message that offers the reader discomfort (justifiably) and a lot of thoughts about our whiteness and broken promises ... Superb! #BookerPrize2021 3mo
vivastory Wow, what a review!! 3mo
Simona @vivastory I still have to read Bewilderment by R.Powers, but I think that The Promise is the winning book. The structure of the story is really backbone of the narration and so incredibly synchronous with the story itself. Very strong narration in all senses, on micro and macro level, and that is rare achievement IMO. 3mo
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vivastory Has Bewilderment been published where you live? It won't be released here until next wk. I believe. I've heard great things about it, but I keep hearing rave reviews for Galgut's. I have been meaning to read Galgut for awhile now. I will be very curious to see what makes the shortlist tomorrow. 3mo
Simona You are right, it wasn‘t published yet and the big date is next Tuesday. I'll be very disappointed if this book doesn't come on the shortlist. That was my first book by Galgut and absolutely not the last. I‘m going to compile my shortlist tomorrow before the announcement of the official release and I‘m saving free spot for Powers, just because I loved The Overstory 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow, this sounds wonderful and I can‘t wait to see your shortlist!!! 3mo
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Ruthiella
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My first completed book for #SuperSeptember . This was an interesting look at South Africa pre and post apartheid as experienced by two generations of a Boer family. Each section of the book chronicles a new decade and a new death of a member of the Swarts. The promise is that of a house to be given to the family‘s black maid Salome upon the death of Mrs. Swart. Whether or not that gift is worthy of her or even desired in the end an open question.

WJCintron 😃 👏 3mo
EadieB @Ruthiella Congratulations on finishing your first book of the readathon! 3mo
EadieB @Ruthiella You're welcome! 3mo
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JamieArc
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I‘ve been reading through the Booker Longlist and have been finding them surprisingly intriguing. This one starts off quite bookery (I think @squirrelbrain dubbed the term), with its shifting narration, but it quickly captivated me as the saga of the white South African family played out. Four chapters, four funerals. With each new chapter, I had to know what was going to happen, if the promise would be kept.

JamieArc I found the character of Amor quite lovely. I will be thinking about this book for a while. 3mo
vivastory I have heard so many interesting things about Galgut. I do want to read this one. I will be very interested see what the short list will be! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review and I agree with all of your thoughts! 3mo
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EvieBee His books always make me cry. Did this one? Debating if I‘m up for another sad book. 3mo
JamieArc @EvieBee This is the first of his books I‘ve read. I did not cry. When each of the funerals happened, there was a distance between me and the character, so no tears. 3mo
JamieArc @EvieBee There‘s definitely a mix of hope and depression though. If you need a really uplifting book, this isn‘t it. But definitely read it at some point! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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As her mother is dying Amor overhears her father make her mother promise. Amor is convinced that the promise is that the maid will get the house she is living in.

This book focuses on that promise and its consequences.

This book gave me something to think about

#BookLongList2021

sarahbarnes Waiting on this one from the library! 3mo
AnneCecilie @sarahbarnes I hope you don‘t have to wait too long. I hate waiting for library holds 3mo
Asthecroweflies Am I the only one that cringes at the cover? lol 3mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 227 - Strong Words with Ed Needham

Jenny is joined by Ed Needham, who has singlehandedly been producing a literary magazine in the UK. We talk about books we've read recently!

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Lindy I really enjoyed this episode. Ed obviously thinks deeply about the books he reads, so I will be checking out his Strong Words magazine. 3mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy yes and such a varied reader 3mo
Centique Wow, Last Summer in the City sounds so good. I will check out the magazine too! Also that memoir 😍 3mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique I know, Last Summer in the City was my top takeaway too. 3mo
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squirrelbrain
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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A white South African family gathers together for a funeral, and falls out over a promise to give some property to their black maid. From the blurb I imagined this to be set in a short period of time but it‘s much more expansive.

I loved the style, switching between characters / narrators without you hardly noticing.

Very thought provoking and I can see why it is on the #bookerlonglist.

JamieArc This is my next read! 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review!! Looking forward to this even more now 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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Two more #booklonglist books came in at the library…. Now I just need to find the time to read them all! 🤷‍♀️

Actually, just checked, and I‘m doing better than I thought. I‘ve read 6, have 1 ongoing, 1 waiting on Kindle and these 2….

Oryx I think The Fortune Men is my Mr B's subscription book next month (based on the author clue they give). 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve heard good things about it @Oryx 4mo
sarahbarnes Nice! I haven‘t read either of these yet - they aren‘t at my library and I‘m trying to figure out a way to get ahold of them! 4mo
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Cathythoughts Nice work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
AnneCecilie I just finished The Promise and that one definitely gave me things to think about 4mo
squirrelbrain Ooh you have me intrigued now @AnneCecilie - I may make a start on it this weekend…. 4mo
squirrelbrain @sarahbarnes - I‘ve been quite lucky with getting hold of most of them @sarahbarnes , except for the Powers, which isn‘t out yet, and the Jennings. 4mo
sarahbarnes I‘m still trying to get the Jennings, too. The Fortune Men isn‘t out in the US yet so it‘s making it difficult for me. 4mo
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Brimful
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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This book is one of the best I have read in a long time. It‘s the story of an Afrikaans family whose delay in fulfilling the promise made to the woman who cared for their terminally ill mother represents the denials of white privilege not only in South Africa but more universally. We see the destructive consequences in the family and most impressive we become complicit. At the same time it‘s beautifully written. A Booker 2021 favourite

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Cathythoughts
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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The reading is slow so far this week … but this is what I‘m hoping to read ..

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😍looks like good reads!! 4mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Thanks! Not sure about No One Is Talking … I hear the 2d half is good … maybe I could just read the 2d half 😬 ….. I can‘t get into the 1st half & I‘m done trying 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s a totally DIFFERENT reading experience in the second half / ITS SO GOOD!!! Totally changed the whole story 4mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve been on kindle a lot lately… So the postman just delivered this one … I‘ll start tonight 😍

batsy Nothing beats a fresh book delivery 😁💕 4mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Absolutely ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhhh!!! Very curious about this one!!! Please keep me posted 4mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I will 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
JamieArc I love seeing you Booker posts/reviews. I just finished Second Place this morning and started Klara and the Sun next. I also ordered A Town Called Solace today 😁 4mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc ahh Thanks 😊… I must get Klara … & I ordered China Room yesterday… I‘m looking forward to reading The Promise! I must look up your review on Second Place … I loved Solace ….. I‘m not going to stress though , I‘ll only read what I have time to read & leave it at that 👍🏻 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍Look forward to your thoughts on this! 4mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie, I‘m looking forward to starting it 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
squirrelbrain I tried to get this from the library the other day as it had just been returned….unfortunately it was returned to a library around 30 miles away instead so I‘ll have to wait! 4mo
Tamra I like the setting of this one! I‘ll be looking for your review. I too look forward to print books after Kindle. 4mo
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Lindy
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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A dysfunctional white South African family gathers for 4 funerals over the course of 3 decades. I love the chatty authorial voice, which slips nimbly in close 3rd-person from character to character within single paragraphs. Clever turns of phrase—ie describing a lady as “much in favour of perms & cardigans”—kept me smiling, while the deeper thread witnessing social & political change touched my heart. #LGBTQ

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ReadingEnvy I know! It was page one for me. I'm also hunting down rusk recipes. :) 4mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Aren‘t rusks just dried-up bread? I wondered about that when I got to that mention in the novel. 4mo
ReadingEnvy It seems like a double baked treatment of quick bread, similar to how we make biscotti out of cookie dough, and meant for dipping. 4mo
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Lindy @ReadingEnvy At a farm in central France where I wwoofed for a month, rusks were their usual breakfast—served with butter, jam and cheese. The rusks were storebought, and reminded me of Melba toast except for their shape. 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy ah yes! I knew the name sounded familiar. Watching videos of them on YouTube, the homemade varieties look a little more palatable. 4mo
Ruthiella @ReadingEnvy @Lindy I tried rusk when in South Africa in the ‘90s. I think it‘s an acquired taste. I found it awful, no amount of dipping could make it palatable. I was told it was what the Afrikaner ate as they colonized the region since it didn‘t spoil. 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella @lindy perhaps instead I will make a milk tart since that comes up later, in more ways than one, ew lol 4mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Yes, a custard tart sounds more appealing than dry bread crusts. 🤪 4mo
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Lindy
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Will people feel sorry for her all day because her mother has become that word? She feels ugly when she cries, like a tomato breaking open, and thinks that she must get away, away from this horrible little room with its parquet floor and barking Maltese poodle and the eyes of her aunt and uncle sticking into her like nails.

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BookwormM
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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#Netgalley #ARC #ThePromise

This book was less about the promise of the title and more about the privileged white family that break the promise.

Overall this wasn‘t for me but it would make a great book for discussion and based on previous nominations I wouldn‘t be surprised to see this featured in Booker 2021.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4066845662

Cinfhen You called it!! I‘m actually curious about this one 😁 #BookerLonglist2021 4mo
BookwormM @Cinfhen the only one I have already read busy times for the next 6 weeks 4mo
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