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Currey
Ancestral Voices: 2 | Etienne Van Heerden
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#readingaroundtheworld #southafrica The story of the miscegenation of an Afrikaner family on the frontier of South Africa and the pull the land itself expresses across multiple generations. A wonderful ensemble of the living and the dead interact with each other and are visited by an investigating magistrate after a family tragedy. The magistrate comes to judge a family whose traditions and blood lines have kept it insular.

Tamra You have piqued my interest! 1mo
BookwormM Sounds intriguing 1mo
Simona Stacked‼️ 1mo
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Louise
Days of Reading | Marcel Proust
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“There are no days of my childhood which I lived so fully perhaps as those I thought I had left behind without living them, those I spent with a favourite book.” So begins Proust‘s beautiful essay “Days of Reading (1)”. In his distinctive, densely detailed style, Proust shares his thoughts on reading, writing, art, machinism, society, Ruskin, and more. This is a slim volume filled with gems. #France #ReadingAroundTheWorld

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Currey
Cat and Mouse | Gnter Grass
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#readingaroundtheworld #Germany A novella about two friends coming of age during WWII in Germany. The actual events of the book, swimming out to a sunken minesweeper, stealing a medal from a visiting soldier, taking communion, are not as central to the book as the potent tension held in the writing between everyday normal boyish emotions and the dark shadows of a devastating war. Excellent book for my October travel to Germany 🇩🇪

Simona So far I only saw the play in my local theater and I can‘t remember if I liked or not 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Currey
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
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Short children‘s book from Malawi author and Ivory Coast artist regarding problem solving and determination. Loved the cut paper art work. #malawi #readingaroundtheworld

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Currey
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I was expecting an historical fiction about the formation of Liberia and found myself in a Fantasy super hero tale. Gbessa, our MC, is a wonderful character whose life unfolds in unexpected ways. The other characters were not as well formed but I liked the idea of them. Good first outing for this author. #sjp #bookclubcentral #liberia #readingaroundtheworld

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Currey
The Cypriot | Andreas Koumi
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#readingaroundtheworld #cyprus A forbidden love story between a Cyprus Muslim and a Christian. The story takes place in the time leading up to and during the first years of the division of Cyprus between those wishing to be part of Greece and those aligned with Turkey. The love story was not original but the story of the tailor who finds himself in love and the tale of his fleeing to England was great historical background.

Simona I wasn‘t thrilled about my pick either 4mo
BookwormM This is my Cyprus book as well have yet to start it due to Booker madness 4mo
TorieStorieS I had a hard time choosing one for Cyprus! I‘m going with 4mo
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Currey
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First time author writes a coming of age tale that starts with the classic formula (lost mother, grandmother with tough exterior and heart of gold) but manages to break from the formula to a more interesting path. Two teen girls find themselves in Barbados with their grandmother after living up to that point in Brooklyn NYC with their life challenged mother. Barbados comes through with a warm sense of community. #readingaroundtheworld #barbados

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Louise
Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda | Margaret Sayers Peden, Pablo Neruda
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[Photo: Sam Falk/NYT/Getty Images] Neruda‘s Elemental Odes look deeply and luminously at ordinary, everyday things—his suit, a salt shaker, an artichoke, a rooster. The odes are celebratory, clever, wry at times, and written in plain language. For a while now, I have begun each day reading a couple of these odes with my morning coffee. It‘s a practice I can highly recommend! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Chile

merelybookish Sounds great! 4mo
Louise @merelybookish Neruda‘s odes really are wonderful. I will revisit them many times! 4mo
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Louise
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What a clever romp through the landscape of literature— what it is, who reads it, who studies it, teaches it, censors it, publishes it, interprets it, writes it, and so on. It is meta fiction on steroids! It is a delight for lovers of literature. It is funny, philosophical, disorienting, & incisive. Even if you only pick it up to read chapter one on the life of the reader settling down with a new book, it‘s worth it! #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Italy

Emilymdxn This is one of my fave novels ever! 4mo
Billypar Read it about a year ago and loved it! Calvino is one of my latest favorite authors- read Invisible Cities a couple months ago and that was excellent too. 4mo
Blaire This is my favorite Calvino. 4mo
Louise @Emilymdxn @Billypar @Blaire I discovered Calvino through Litsy and have really enjoyed how freely he plays with the possibilities of what a novel can be. I plan to read all his books! #blameitonlitsy 4mo
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Louise
The Cruellest Month | Louise Penny
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This series is growing on me. The #audiobook is nicely read and makes for good bedtime listening. The town of Three Pines reminds me a bit of the town where I live, minus the murders! 😆 #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Canada

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