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batsy
An Untouched House | Willem Frederik Hermans
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Set during World War ll, this fever dream of a plotless novella has a Soviet Partisan soldier chancing upon an abandoned house. As the Nazis suddenly appear in his temporary sanctuary, he pretends to be the owner of the house—and the real owner shows up. The prose is beautiful in this Dutch classic, with startling moments of insight & imagery. The trauma of war, nihilism, & futility of the human condition makes it a tough & bleak read. #netgalley

batsy Translated from Dutch by David Colmer with a particularly insightful afterword by Cees Noteboom. 9mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
emilyhaldi Wow this sounds intense 😐 in a good way 9mo
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batsy @TrishB Thank you :) 9mo
batsy @emilyhaldi It is 😅 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review... 💫💫💫 9mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - sounds unusual- I need to get this. Thanks! 9mo
Centique Beautiful review S! 😍 9mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Centique Thank you, ladies ❤️ 9mo
batsy @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yes, it is and hard to tell who will like it. Hope you find it interesting :) 9mo
saresmoore I stacked this so fast! 9mo
rohit-sawant Terrific review! 🙌🏻 9mo
batsy @saresmoore So bleak, Sara. #sorrowsisters 9mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you :) 9mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I love that you read one of my favorite Dutch authors 💜 (edited) 9mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you! And happy to hear he's your fave. I'm so glad this is available in translation via Archipelago, and that Net Galley made it available :) 9mo
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readordierachel I like that! I'm curious to hear what you think of this one. 11mo
saresmoore Can‘t wait to hear what you think of this one! I had to return mine to the library before I had time to read it. 11mo
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel @saresmoore I'm surprised at how a story about a privileged, insular, rich, & pretty woman who just wants to sleep her life away is so gripping and readable 😆 Moshfegh really knows how to hone in on that subterranean existential darkness; I'm hoping it doesn't let me down! 11mo
saresmoore “Subterranean existential darkness” #storyofmylife 11mo
batsy @saresmoore Too relatable #sorrowsisters 11mo
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batsy
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A slim novel with a quirky image, but it packs a punch & is darker & more subversive than it appears. In depicting a 36-yr-old likely neuroatypical woman, Murata skewers contemporary capitalist society & its obsession with competition & self-promotion. What if someone is truly content doing what others see is the bare minimum? How must self-autonomy be sacrificed in order to be seen as a functioning adult, to adhere to social norms? #spinsterlit

batsy This is a sly, artful book that also depicts how gender underlies the social outcast. In Shihara, she depicts an "incel" straight out of the manosphere. He believes he can exist on the margins of society by consuming women's labour for free. The protagonist Keiko, on the other hand, is an ideal capitalist subject who is comfortable being a cog in the machine. Ultimately a discomfiting read because freedom in an alienated society is its own trap. 12mo
Bertha_Mason I've been wanting to read this! I'm buying it with my next paycheck now. 12mo
TrishB You and @Cinfhen both reviewed this today 😁👍🏻 12mo
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saresmoore Yes, please. 12mo
Cinfhen Your review makes me want to read this book that I just reviewed and found overwhelming sad 12mo
Cinfhen I obviously missed the hidden messages @trishb 😂😂😂 12mo
batsy @Bertha_Mason @saresmoore I'm not sure if I read it right?! I read a blog review that said they found it quite cruel, and I can see that too... 12mo
batsy @TrishB @Cinfhen Racing against the ARC expiry date, I believe 😁 12mo
batsy @Cinfhen I did find it disturbing and sad, as well 12mo
Notafraidofwords I‘m interested In reading this one. Mostly because I sort of relate to this concept. I don‘t strive for wealth and I detest competition. 12mo
batsy @Notafraidofwords Me too. I was drawn to that aspect and found the character sympathetic in that sense. It's very hard to have meaningful adult relationships in a world that values wealth and status above all else and the book does depict the constant judgment of her peers. 12mo
Notafraidofwords @batsy yes I agree. Everyone seems to be a connection and networking. 12mo
emilyhaldi Very interesting review!! I can‘t wait to pick this one up 👏🏻 12mo
youneverarrived I really want to read this now! Brilliant review 🙌 12mo
batsy @emilyhaldi @youneverarrived Thank you! I'll be interested to know what you both think :) 12mo
Blaire Wonderful review!! 12mo
Centique This sounds so good. I want to drop the 7 books on my nightstand and switch to this now 😂😂 12mo
batsy @Blaire Thank you! 12mo
batsy @Centique I know that feeling! 😆 This is an odd book in that I don't think it's easy to tell how people will react to it but I'd love to know what you make of it 😊 12mo
Suet624 Oooohhhh. Sounds just up my alley. 12mo
rubyslippersreads “Disturbing and sad” usually warns me off, but this does sound interesting. And it‘s on Hoopla, so I can try it for free. 12mo
Trashcanman I swear you write some of the best reviews on Litsy. 12mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Oh, nice! 😊 12mo
batsy @Trashcanman Thank you so much! This just made my day 💜 12mo
GatheringBooks what an interesting premise. also begs the question of what constitutes mediocrity. 😍📚 12mo
batsy @GatheringBooks Yes, I'm always interested in an interrogation of the ideas of success, "making it", etc. :) 12mo
ElishaLovesBooks Sounds fascinating! 12mo
batsy @ElishaLovesBooks It is! I'm still mulling it over and wondering how the characters will fare... 12mo
Reggie In my early 20‘s, I went on this horrible date that inspired my seven bare minimum rules of dating. One of them was, he had to have a job. And in parenthesis I followed it up with (even if he works the Circle K, I don‘t care.) And I don‘t. I lived through well off relatives going to jail over money so that taught me a little something growing up. I have to read this book now. 12mo
batsy @Reggie Yeah Reggie, the entitlement of the character who has identified the injustice in society but thinks he's above it all and can therefore live off others is all too real!! It's really straight out of some Reddit "men's rights" forum and the author does a good job depicting that type. 12mo
Pruzy @batsy I feel like Shiraha was severely mentally ill rather than a “Men‘s Rights activist” (although he was definitely influenced by their rhetoric). I feel like the “activists” are more under the radar. They seem perfectly capable of functioning in society, but then if you get to know them well enough you‘ll hear them spout some sexist remarks about the ability of women to achieve/be in highly-trained or educated positions. 10mo
batsy @Pruzy That's true, and I think it's a combination. There are lots of misogynists who are well-adjusted, but this book sort of blurs the line between mental illness and what's "normal". There's some element of social anxiety and maybe hikikomori syndrome blended into his character? So we kind of get an extreme version. I've looked at some incel forums where people talk this way and I guess I don't feel that mental illness explains his misogyny. 10mo
Pruzy @batsy That‘s very interesting, I‘ve never thought about it from a hikikomori standpoint. And yikes! Brave you for actually wanting to look at incel forums. There‘s a good episode of the podcast Reply All called INVCEL that talks about the origins of the group. 10mo
batsy @Pruzy There was a slew of articles on incels for awhile there and I honestly have a morbid sense of curiosity about these awful things. Like back when "negging" was a thinking that male pick-up artists were promoting online and I had a look at some blogs and forums about that... ? Thanks for the podcast, I'll check it out! 10mo
batsy @Pruzy *thing 10mo
Pruzy @batsy Yeah, I read some of the articles in the NYTimes. Just didn‘t want to experience it firsthand. The idea of negging has been around for a while, but why it would ever work is beyond me 🤷‍♂️. Seems rude! 10mo
batsy @Pruzy Yup! Pretty much rude and cruel 🤢 10mo
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Only a soul sister would know why I would want to read this. Many thanks and much love to @saresmoore for the late Mother‘s Day, early birthday surprise. I swear...my Litsy friendships have restored my faith in humanity.

batsy How lovely! @saresmoore is the best. I need to read this book too, seems like a necessary one. 12mo
Suet624 @batsy seems like a classic for the #sorrowsisters 12mo
batsy Indeed! 😆 12mo
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Bklover @saresmoore You are wonderful!! 12mo
saresmoore 😘♥️ 12mo
LeahBergen Wonderful! 💕 12mo
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batsy
Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Not quite sure if this is the shortest classic I've read, but it's definitely one of the saddest and most devastating; an impoverished landscape, an unhappy marriage, heartbreak. Going by that, it obviously has to be one of my favourites 😂 #DoomAndGloomFanclub

#shortestclassicyouread #maylovesclassics #litsyclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

andrew61 Put me off sledging for life- great choice 13mo
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LeahBergen I loved it, too. 😆 13mo
merelybookish Such a great cover! 13mo
readordierachel I have this same edition! Still tbr though... 13mo
batsy @merelybookish I think so too 😁 Was pleased to find a 2nd hand copy of this. 13mo
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel Would love to know what you think about it when you get around to it! Nervous about recommending it since after I did so to a friend all she said was, "Well, thank god that was short" ? 13mo
batsy @andrew61 Haha, I know right. Thanks :) 13mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy @LeahBergen @andrew61 Now you've all got me curious about this. 13mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads In my opinion, can't go wrong with Wharton 😊💕 13mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Oh, read it! ❤️ 13mo
Suet624 Hahaha. You and Sara. And me too. I love that cover. 13mo
batsy @Suet624 I love Sara's hashtag. We are the #SorrowSisters indeed 😆 13mo
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