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BookwormM
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #SouthAfrica

5 stars

A brilliant read that deserves all the love it is getting.

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think, it made me mad and it taught me about a time and place I didn't know about.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/11/15/read-around-the-world-south-africa/hickleb...

LaurensLibrary I loved this one, too! 1d
Hooked_on_books Awesome book. It‘s amazing on audio. 1d
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Simona
Burger's Daughter | Nadine Gordimer
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Rosa is the daughter of a communist, activist in the anti-apartheid movement, and after his death she is confronted with his legacy. At the heart of this story is apartheid,but this is also the story about inner, intimate struggles. And that is exactly what makes this story masterful and complex. A very political story set in 70‘s, about white guilt, responsibility and where ideas and themes are presented through characterization. Powerful.

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RachelO
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#NewClassic #BBRC #readaroundtheworld #SouthAfrica

When toddler Dineo falls seriously ill, her older siblings set off on the long walk to find their mother, who‘s working in Johannesburg. This was written to help children understand what life under apartheid actually meant, and I‘m sorry to say I learnt so many things from it. I took particular note of the schoolchildren marching in the streets and striking from school as their learning only 👇

RachelO equipped them to become servants. Naidoo herself regrets that her own schooling as a white South African never encouraged her to think or question or even truly see the situation around her. (edited) 1w
LibrarianRyan Wow. Sounds heavy. I‘ll have to look into it. 1w
RachelO @LibrarianRyan It‘s definitely MG level - it packs a lot of information in but keeps things ultimately hopeful and not-too-grim. Written in 1985. 1w
BookwormAHN Heavy but hopeful. I'll also look into it. 1w
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Simona
Burger's Daughter | Nadine Gordimer
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#WeeklyForecast
- currently reading Burger‘s Daughter by N.Gordimer for #ReadAroundTheWorld #SouthAfrica This story about apartheid and communism in South Africa is 🤯
- current audiobook in progress is Stalin‘s Daughter by R.Sullivan for #NfNov and is excellent nonfiction companion to the fictional Burger‘s Daughter. I have only 5 hours till the end of the book, so my next audiobook is going to be Norse Mythology by N.Gaiman for #AuthorAMonth

RachelO These look good! 2w
Cinfhen Books and photo are all very appealing 🥰 2w
rsteve388 1 pt 2w
Simona @RachelO @Cinfhen Thank you ☺️I‘m really pleased with my current books selection! 2w
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Simona
The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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Mehso-so

It took me a whole month to finished this story about sick young man and his contemplation about world, death, love, literature, history, society, time .... very philosophical, many ideas, written in lush, rich language, but for me it wasn‘t just too plotless (and I usually like plotless stories), but it was also very cold, soulless story.
I finished only first part, but I‘m totally counting it as finished prompt for #ReadAroundTheWorld #Germany

BarbaraBB It meanders on and on, I know what you mean! 2w
Simona @BarbaraBB I usually have ‘sitzleder‘ for stories like this, but I couldn‘t read more than 10 pages in one sitting and I felt exhausted ... I just need some rest from it, before I start second part. 2w
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld It‘s nearly November which means it‘s nearly time to visit #SouthAfrica what do you plan to read? Any authors you would recommend?

RachelO I‘m probably planning to read my Germany book 🙄🙄🙄! Don‘t have a proper plan for this yet. I‘m guessing you‘ve all read Trevor Noah‘s book? I have a spare copy if anyone would like it - it‘s v funny. 3w
RachelO Other recommendations- if you fancy really surreal short stories : 3w
Currey I am going to read 3w
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RachelO OK, I‘ll either be reading the tagged, or a crime novel by Jassy Mackenzie (edited) 3w
Simona Still reading Magic Mountain by T.Mann and there is no way that I will finished it till November ... but I already have from library my pick for November 3w
BookwormM @RachelO I haven‘t read that one yet didn‘t realise it would count thanks for the suggestion 3w
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Simona
Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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After I skipped Malawi in September, Magic Mountain is my pick for Germany #ReadAroundTheWorld in October. My progress is in the pace of the 🐌, but I really enjoy in the lush prose and I really enjoy in my quiet lunch breaks.

Tove_Reads Why did you skip Malawi? 1mo
Simona @Tove_Reads September was stressful and busy month for me, so I decided that I‘ll skip all reading challenges... 1mo
RachelO Nice to see you! 🌷 1mo
Simona @RachelO Thank you 😊 It‘s nice to have time (and energy) for reading 😘 1mo
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RachelO
Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
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Starting this for #readaroundtheworld #Germany

Richard is reluctantly retiring from academic life in Berlin, to an empty house following the death of his wife, with no plans or projects for the future. His interest is sparked by a news report about refugees, a protest he walked straight past without seeing.

The start is very slow, thoughts, memories, daily life - but I think I‘m going to enjoy this.

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BookwormM
Cat and Mouse | Gnter Grass
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#Reading1001 #ReadAroundtheWorld #Germany

I really enjoyed this book and really want to read the final book in the trilogy but I have so many other books I need to read first...

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3003235697

Any UK littens interested in this one I can post to you it‘s 2nd hand but good condition. First to ask gets it.

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BookwormM
Untitled | Unknown
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Malawi

I chose this book for my Malawi read as the author is credited as the 1st published female writer from Malawi.

In terms of story this is a simple tale of a man who wants it all & a woman who won‘t put up with him. He regrets the way he treats her but she accepts she is better of without him.

I liked details about local food, courting traditions, superstitions & education.

Any UK Litten who wants this add comment

charl08 Yes please! 1mo
BookwormM Hi can you send your address to mfug@live.co.uk and I will get it posted @charl08 (edited) 1mo
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