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The Besieged City | Clarice Lispector
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Bailedbailed

"Dr Lucas lent her a book once, but she had a hard time taking it in ... she'd talk and talk with the doctor and couldn't convey anything to him."
This sums up my experience of reading the first 18 pages. My eyes glide over the sentences without really touching them; the individual words register, but I can't parse any meaning from them, and when I reread what I've read seconds ago, I feel no familiarity, as if the words fell into a black hole, ⬇️

Bookwomble ... leaving behind no information, meaning beyond recovery.
I toyed, briefly, with persisting, but just felt vexed, so I'm DNFing without regret.
Sorry, Clarice, Sorry, #Brazil 🇧🇷 #ReadingTheAmericas2023
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
3w
Librarybelle Too many books to read through ones that are less enjoyable. 3w
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The Besieged City | Clarice Lispector
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My first book for #ReadingTheAmericas2023 is from #Brazil ??, Clarice Lispector's "The Besieged City". I've read one of her short stories in a collection edited by Manguel, but this is my first novel of hers, and I'm surprised to see that it will be my first novel by a Brazilian writer, but that's what this challenge is for, to expand my global reading coverage! ☺️ ???

Bookwomble My intention is to focus on Central and South America, as North America will take care of itself over the year. I'll hope to get into the Caribbean, too, if all goes well. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 3w
BarbaraBB Good luck! You started out with a good one I think! 3w
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB Fingers crossed 🤞☺️ 3w
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Librarybelle Definitely agree…these challenges do so well to expand my reading horizons. Good luck! 3w
Bookwomble @Librarybelle Thanks - I think I'm going to need it with this one! The first fifteen pages have been like walking over broken glass! I was already tempted to DNF, but I'll put it down for today and see if it reads better tomorrow. 3w
vivastory Lispector is so great. I read Passion According to GH a little over a yr ago & still think about it at least once a week. 3w
Bookwomble @vivastory Well, I shall persevere with The Besieged City, though I've found it unengaging at the start. 3w
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This novel was my first experience of Joyce Porter . I loved it through and through.The book is hilariously funny and the deduction was pretty common place but the way the English Country side and its people were pictured in the narrative, I was almost watching the drama unfold in front of my eyes.

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Andrea313
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Mehso-so

Not me spending the next three days frantically returning to the books I stalled out on in '22! Today I finished off this one which I started with the #PemberLittens. I side-eyed the Austen chapters, adored the ones about Charlotte Bronte, yawned my way through Eliot/Stowe, and perked up again with Woolf and Mansfield. All in all, uneven reading with some unsubstantiated claims, but I appreciate the perspective on these legendary female authors.

batsy That's basically how I felt reading this! 1mo
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What We Fed to the Manticore | Talia Lakshmi Kolluri
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Pickpick

A sad allegory. Nature and humans—as destructive as we are—through the eyes of animals. This book does a great job showing their untainted wisdom and child-like lack of understanding, sometimes at the same time.

For those who don't want to forget we‘re not the only creatures inhabiting this planet, and that our selfishness impacts more than just us.

#anthology #nature

4.25/5

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SusanLee
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#candyday #novembernarrative @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
This is a popular candy brand here in Malaysia!

Eggs 🍭💚🍬 2mo
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LiseWorks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 3mo
Eggs Perfect 🤩 3mo
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elkeOriginal
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Pickpick

Perfect read for the season! Grisly dark fairy tales from all over the world. Beautifully illustrated (just look at the shiny gold accents on the cover!) - and at just over 100 pages it is a delightful dip-in-dip-out of 14 quick tales.
SO dark and every one of them properly grim.
Love that each has the country of origin listed for each tale and the art reflects it.
FUN!

LeahBergen This sounds fab! 3mo
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The Fly on the Wheel | Katherine Cecil Thurston
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Thank you so much, @Cathythoughts , for these fabulous-sounding Irish novels!

I so enjoyed reading your note about your surprise family connection to the cover illustrator of The Fly on the Wheel. And isn‘t it gorgeous?? I‘ve been so looking forward to this one and The Colony sounds wonderful, too.

You‘re such a dear friend. 😘😘😘

rubyslippersreads @Cathythoughts That cover on the tagged book! 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @tpixie Yes! 😍 3mo
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LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Isn‘t it fabulous? 3mo
Cathythoughts You‘re so welcome Leah ♥️ Happy Birthday friend ! It‘s a fabulous cover. 3mo
Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads I know ! I love it too 😍 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m so looking forward to these reads. You are always so thoughtful. 🥰🥰 3mo
BarbaraBB The colony is so good!! 3mo
batsy Lovely! 😍 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm The tagged book cover is gorgeous 💖 3mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Good to hear! 3mo
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Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing | Ursula K Le Guin, David Naimon
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Eggs Love this! The echoes of our past 3mo
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