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Redheadrambles
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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A little late on the #julystats. A solid but maybe not outstanding reading month. Two books from the Miles Franklin long list but I still haven‘t read the winner ! A couple with beautiful covers that otherwise didn‘t click with me. Really enjoyed this tagged book the winner of the #MBI2019 prize.
August is all about #Booker2019 fever so looking forward to it.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 💖📚💖 4mo
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DreeMorris
The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Pickpick

Amazing “generational memoir”. Ernaux uses her own life (and family, friends) to illustrate the changes in France c1941-the 21st century. From economic changes (a life without indoor plumbing where everything is used through necessity to a consumerist society), to political changes and swings, the waning influence of the Catholic Church and mores, and more. She also discusses the weirdness of aging: it happens when you least expect it lol.

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BookwormM
Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi

#MBI2019 #Winner congratulations to Jokha Alharthi for winning this years Man Booker International prize.

My prediction was almost totally wrong in fact the only bit I got right was that a woman would win.

Well done also to all the authors who made the long list and gave me an enjoyable variety of reading.

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BookwormM
The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern

#MBI2019 our predictions for winner are now up on the blog www.thereadersroom.org can‘t wait to see if we are right.

Thank you @tstan and @Emilymdxn for joining the panel and sharing your views.

Simona My winner is The Shape of the Ruins, but I‘ll be happy with The Years also 🤞 7mo
tstan Thank you for organizing and posting. My job was easy! I always appreciate reading books with a different perspective. 7mo
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DreeMorris
The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vsquez
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Pickpick

5 stars! Vasquez looks at conspiracy theories, focused on 2 assassinations in Colombia. He looks at how historical events continue to affect regular individuals even 100 years later. Long, complicated, intense, and masterfully done. On the Man Booker International shortlist. I need to read more by this author! #intranslation #colombianliterature #mbi2019 #manbookerinternational #5stars

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Abailliekaras
The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Current read. 📖 #MBI2019

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LonesomeReader
The Years | Annie Ernaux
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This book is a revelation in showing ways of looking at how our personal history intersects with our collective history. It focuses on the life of a woman in post-WWII France up till the present but conveys a powerful sense of the dominant ideologies of the time. But it‘s also a profound way of looking at memory and personality. I hope it wins the #MBI2019

Abailliekaras I‘m reading it now but not in the swing of it yet. It‘s feeling abstract and like a memoir. @mr_annie has recommended it highly & I trust her (& your!) judgment so I‘m sticking with it for now. 😬 7mo
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Redwritinghood
The Pine Islands | Marion Poschmann
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Panpan

I really did not understand what the author was trying to do with this book. I understand that Gilbert travels to Japan on a whim and decides to follow in the steps of Basho. In Tokyo, he meets a young man following a book on places suitable for suicide. At each spot in their travels, the reality doesn‘t fit the splendor described in the books. No suitable spot for suicide is found. The majesty of Basho‘s Japan no longer exists. Otherwise, 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Emilymdxn
Man Booker Prize | Frederic P Miller, Agnes F Vandome, John McBrewster
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#mbi2019

Shortlist is here! We‘ve got both my favourites from the long list (remainder and drive your plough), one I found quite good (celestial bodies), one of the most disappointing books I‘ve ever read (shape of ruins) and some I haven‘t read. What an odd mix! What do you think??

Samplergal I‘ve not read any, nor have heard of some. Wow. Not sure. 8mo
Redheadrambles I have only read “Jokes for the Gunman” which I am pleased is not there ! I might need to pick up Olga‘s book on your recommendation 8mo
Suet624 Yay for a shortlist. Now I have to get reading! 8mo
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mreads 4 women 👍. I've only read The Remainder, the others are hard to access here in the US 8mo
Simona I‘m a little bit disappointed ... 8mo
BookwormM We both predicted 4 of these but different books 🤣🤣 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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Finished at the 11th hour before the #mbi2019 shortlist is released, this is by far my favourite of the books I‘ve read from the long list. I doubt it will win as she won it last year, but this is SO much better than flights. Weird but grounded, fascinating protagonist with a clear, individual voice, the sense of place and the Animals were just perfect. I don‘t have high hopes for it winning but certainly hope it makes the shortlist

merelybookish The title alone is on 🔥! 8mo
BookwormM That was my reason for not short listing this one and I felt the same about Flights this was a brilliant novel 8mo
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