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Currey
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#czechrepublic #readaroundtheworld Set during the Prague Spring and subsequent Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, this lightly plotted tale of love and betrayal, delves into the meaning we bring to life. Free, light, and easy but with little meaning compared to weight. The writing also walks the tightrope of light easy wit, eager sex and moments of crushing despair. Kundera talks to the reader thru the fourth wall and directly to me.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Guess where I've been today 😀

Three books I had never before heard of and another Maggie Nelson poetry book 💕

May also have picked up a few bits and bobs from Monsoon. (Got to look all floaty and summery while reading my new books in the sunshine, right?)

TrishB Look great 👍🏻 2w
batsy I loved the tagged book. Devastating but good. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB I'm very pleased with my haul! 😁 2w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy The cover drew me in and then when I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it. I'm doing #readaroundtheworld (over the next decade or so!) and I don't know much about Sri Lanka so I'm hoping I will learn something too 💙 2w
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BookwormM
The JOKE | Milan Kundera
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #CzechRepublic

Scary to see how a joke between friends can completely change someone‘s life. Scary that friends can turn against each other due to pressure from an authoritarian regime. Scary that loyalty to a political party means more than anything else.

Nute Stacking! 1w
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rockpools
Untitled | Unknown
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Good morning Litsy!

My #WeeklyForecast & #BookReport this week are both these titles. Truth is I‘m reading very little at the moment - doing other things and enjoying a bit of silence - so these may all take a while. The photo‘s the back of local sand dunes yesterday- I fought my way through the amusements to the nature reserve. Gorgeous! Lots of birdsong and hares.

So books, then:
🌝 Sea of Tranquility: I‘m interested by this, rather

rockpools than absorbed in it. Wondering if time-travel isn‘t my thing any more.
📚 Agnes Grey: one of my libraries is doing an adult reading challenge, first prompt: a classic. So let‘s try this.
🕵🏼 Innocence: For #ReadAroundTheWorld Czech Republic. SO atmospheric - Murder, noir, secrets, betrayal…
🕵️‍♂️ Lethal White: Always good to be back with Cormoran and Robin, but it‘s taking a while to get going…

Have a lovely week, folks.
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TrishB Lovely local picture Rachel 😁 enjoy your week. 2w
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish. You too. 2w
Cathythoughts Yes , beautiful picture. Have a good week. I‘d like to read Agnes Grey but time is not on my side 🙄. Silence is great 💫 2w
Cinfhen Love the photo 🥰 2w
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Currey
Closely Watched Trains | Bohumil Hrabal, Edith Pargeter, Josef kvoreck
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#readaroundtheworld #czechrepublic This novella takes place near the German/Czech border at the end of WWII. Hrabal uses the simple language of fables to combine absurd yet touchingly human situations with the ghastliness and horrors of war. The Nazi are held accountable as are the average German citizens but young lovers, trains and pigeons round out this glimpse of Czech life.

rockpools Sounds really good! (Pigeons always help!) 2w
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rockpools
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For any of you #ReadAroundTheWorld / #InternationalBookerPrize2022 / translated fiction folks, this is a really lovely newsletter from Tilted Axis, asking their IBP-nominated authors and translators for books-in-translation recommendations: https://mailchi.mp/d5b020b6d9b6/what-are-they-reading?e=80a23e9051

Stacking may occur!!

BarbaraBB O wow, this is really great and so tempting! Thank you for sharing 😀 3w
batsy Thanks for letting us know! 🙂 3w
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rockpools
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This is my #ReadAroundTheWorld book for the #CzechRepublic this month. Kovály was heavily influenced by Raymond Chandler, having translated his works into Czech. However, the story is as much or more about life under an oppressive regime as it is about the murder. Having read the intro by her son, I‘m almost wishing I‘d read her memoir instead - but he also says she was freeer to write about the real world in her fiction…

Either way, fab so far.

charl08 Sounds brilliant. Will look for a copy. 3w
rockpools @charl08 I think I‘m going to enjoy this one! 3w
BookwormM I am enjoying my choice as well 3w
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #SolomonIslands

I was unable to find an own voices book so my choice was this autobiography of a man who gives up teaching in England to take over a project started by a dead Commander he has never met to enable the people of Mendali Village to be self-sufficient.

I loved the descriptions of village life, of the people and of learning Pidgin English. .

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Simona
A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I‘m playing catch-up with reading challenges … so, here is my March book for #ReadAroundTheWorld and #ReadingAfrica
#weekendreading

Andrew65 Looks a great read. 1mo
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Currey
Devil-Devil | Graeme Kent
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#readaroundtheworld #solomonislands Although not fantastic literature and unfortunately not written by an islander, I did find this Solomon Island detective noir in the tropics to be a delightful read. The plot includes a Catholic nun, a native Sargent holy man and a host of natives and ex-pats ruled by forces that do not strictly align with western logic. There is action, sex and the required number of twists and turns that the genre demands.

Currey Plus I did learn about the culture without having to read about WWII 1mo
rockpools I‘m enjoying this one too, for all the reasons you mention! 1mo
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