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Simona
Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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Story spans over several decades in Chinese turbolentne history, which has dramatically changed lives of individuals and these political decisions forced people into immorality and silence. We follow history of the two generations of family who finds their freedom of speech in music and written word. The story is layered, dense and with the almost poetic prose, which is in contrast with the brutal content, but the final result is magnificent.

MrBook Wonderful review 😊👍🏻! 3y
Simona @MrBook Thanks ☺️ 3y
Simona @shawnmooney I'm so glad that I didn't read negative reviews before the book. This book has completely won my heart - as the story, with the structure and with the beautiful language without sentimentality. 3y
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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Part of the re-education in Communist countries, self-criticism and informing family members.

Abailliekaras How are you liking it? Tissues at the ready! 😉😭 3y
Laalaleighh 😳😳😳 this is... Wow. No words. 3y
Simona I love this story! I'm not prone to tears, but this story at each chapter over and over again leave me with watery eyes 😢 3y
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Simona @Abailliekaras Forgot to tag you ☺️ 3y
Simona @Laalaleighh Yes, it is beyond sad. 3y
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Simona
Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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New morning with a new book for the #biblioweekend

shawnmooney How is it so far? I've heard mixed reviews but am so interested in reading it.... 3y
Simona @shawnmooney I'm on page 134, so it's difficult to say, but I like it so far. The story is of course sad, but is running steadily, despite the abundance of characters and switching between the time. 3y
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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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#favinaugust is North Water. The book is a perfect combination of brutality / violence / atrocity with great descriptive prose and characters that are all evil and I love it. The basic story (Whaling) develops on the several levels with a common point - survival.

#somethingforsept

BookishTrish I read the first chapter two days ago and had to put it down to recover. It's worth persevering? 3y
RealLifeReading And it's blurbed by Hilary Mantel!! 3y
Simona @BookishTrish If the brutality in the first chapter is problem for you, then it makes no sense to read it, because the whole story is very cruel and bloody...but it's very nice written😃 3y
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BookishTrish @Simona brutality I can get behind; brutality directed at a child not so much. Should I bail? 3y
Simona @RealLifeReading Yes it's and in some editions by Colm Toibin "Riveting and darkly brilliant." 3y
Simona @BookishTrish I think- no. A more detailed response follows, because it's kind of a spoiler. 3y
Simona @BookishTrish Even more cruel murder of a child occurs later, but it is an important to the story and character development. 3y
BookishTrish Thanks, @Simona If I keep going I'll be sure to read it during the day then. 3y
Simona @BookishTrish O, it's not so terrible, that you would not be able to read it before going to sleep😨 3y
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Submission | Michel Houellebecq
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Pile of "real" books and ebooks from longlist for #ManBooker2016

#augusthaul #augustphotochallenge

brendanmleonard I got Hystopia from the library last week. Also, that Eileen cover is a choice. 🤔😂 3y
Simona @brendanmleonard Hystopia was for me hard one, because of the writing style. Eileen cover is screenshot from iBook for book in Dutch. I have black one on my kindle and I refuse to buy it in paper form until I found the nicer one😳 3y
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Mehso-so

This book is a sequel to The Childhood of the Jesus (but I think it could also be read as a standalone) and it's, as the previous, the philosophical/allegorical work that deals with the idea of morality through passion. I didn't understand all the symbolism/references and so I don't know if it's okay to rate the book. I don't understand where author leads us with this morality tale/story ...maybe it will be more clear in the third part. But I ...

Simona ...like David the child (I assume that this is a Jesus) and is one of the best child character I have read. 3y
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