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1001 Books/Reading the World
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Mao's Last Dancer | Cunxin Li
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Read a book set in the Far East. China.

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Mao's Last Dancer | Li Cunxin
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I really enjoyed this memoir about Li Cunxin's rise to fame to a world class ballet dancer. Some of the most memorable moments for me were learning about Mao's Cultural Revolution, close family ties (if you have family you have everything), seeing America through the eyes of an immigrant and enjoying the pictures included in the book. #ReadingtheWorld

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Mao's Last Dancer | Li Cunxin
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Books to read in May. I have started Mao's Last Dancer which I am enjoying. Really looking forward to Suite Francaise, it has been on my to-do list for quite some time.

BookwormM Suite Francais is a brilliant book but sad 3w
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God's Bits of Wood | Ousmane Sembène
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#Hunsakermountain #ReadingtheWorld
Read a book set in Africa.

Liz_M This was such a great book! 2w
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God's Bits of Wood | Ousmane Sembène
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I fell in love with the author's writing from the first page. The story takes place in the area of French West Africa now known as Senegal and Mali. The book is about the strike of the railway workers on the Dakar-Niger line. "God's bits of wood refers to human beings, a powerful reference throughout the book. I really liked the book & learned quite a bit too. #Reading1001 #ReadingtheWorld #1001books

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Read a book in translation. Originally published in Polish.

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Best 180 pages I have read in a long time. Although a work of fiction, the author was imprisoned in Auschwitz & Dachau from 1943-45. This book is about the inhumanity of man. "Published in Poland after WWII, this collection of concentration camp stories shows atrocious war crimes becoming an unremarkable part of a daily routine." #1001books

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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This was a fascinating look at race. In 1920s, childhood friends Irene and Clare reconnect in Harlem after many years. Clare confides that she hides a dark secret, she is 'passing' as white. Even though this was a short book I felt that I got to know Clare and Irene well. As their past is told it really put perspective to the story. #reading1001 #1001books

hilded I really liked this one as well, a little book with a big punch! 1mo
Liz_M Wow, that is some cover! 1mo
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#Hunsakermountain #ReadingtheWorld
April book of the month.

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The last part of the story, the train ride, really had me captivated. What I liked about the book was the setting; Turkey and France; the time period, World War II; and religion, Muslim and Judaism. But I also thought it was a romanticized view of the Holocaust. The author's note at the end did reveal she did a fair amount of research for the book. Overall glad to have read the book.

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The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger
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Buddy read with my son for high school English. I don't remember reading this one in high school. I found Holden Caulfield an annoying kid. My husband reminded me I am not the target audience. Holden's behavior was quite shocking for me; drinking, smoking, episode with the prostitute. Life was sure different in the 1940s. I liked how the story came together, especially the ending. Look forward to hearing how my son likes it.

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The book combines my favorite things: cooking, travel and history. I learned about nutmeg, cocoa bean, cloves, vanilla and cashews. I was reminded of the shockingly poor in Haiti. The Dominican Republic is a mecca for baseball. And all those wonderful recipes that I can't wait to try. #readingtheworld

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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I am continuing my love affair with Murakami. The story takes place in an alternate 1984. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters and back stories in this lengthy book. The techniques of alternating points of view for each chapter and ending on a cliff-hanger also worked well for me. I eagerly looked forward to each chapter. I thought the ending was appropriate. I look forward to reading more by this author. #reading1001 #1001books

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This is the book that started it all. It was nice to be introduced to the characters I know so well. First published in 1953 this book is dated and rather chauvinistic. I enjoyed the adventure of it all and it ended in typical Bond fashion.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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My February reading. I did not intend to have a theme but my books were all from Asian authors and based in Asia. Looking forward to more reading in March.

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I love history and liked learning about Pakistan and the valley of Swat. I also admire strong women. I appreciated the updates in my addition. It has been a while since I have read a YA book and I rather enjoyed the change of pace.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Finished part two. Looking forward to finishing up the book in March. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

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Kokoro | Soseki Natsume, Natsume Soseki, Bishop Of Hippo Soseki
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Kokoro means “the heart of things”.
This was a character study of Sensei mostly but also of his friend of the present and the friend of the past. I appreciate the story as being 'modern' for its time period; men talking about their feelings and internal struggles. I enjoyed the quietness of the story for parts one and two but part three was a bit long in Sensei recounting his past but I know it was necessary to bring the story full circle.

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This is the next book in my buddy read with my son, he is reading it for Sophomore English. I have wanted to read this for some time. I was so impressed with her speech to the United Nations. I have since watched a couple documentaries about her as well as her talk with David Letterman. Looking forward to it.

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Recently bought this book for my upcoming vacation to the Caribbean. I have had this book and one other by this author about living in the Caribbean. I am hoping for a fun, light read.

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This book is about much more than one man's escape from North Korea. Masaji tells he was born to a Japanese mother and Korean father. Much of his life is complicated by these two cultures. I learned so much from this little book. The propaganda machine that got the family to North Korea. The depth of poverty and despair. The caste system. Complicated relationship between Japan. N Korea, S Korea and China. I recommend this book.

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One of my February books for Reading the World group on Goodreads. So far a quick read I am about 30% in. It is a sad story. I am learning a lot about Korean history which I knew next to nothing.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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#Reading1001 #1001books
The story shows how difficult it is to be an immigrant. Ifemelu and Obinze are college sweethearts living in Nigeria. Both leave the country to further their education. Much happens outside of Nigeria. This was a fantastic story for me.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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My first read of the year. I have had this book on my TBR list for far too long and am glad to finally have finished. The beginning with Celie and Nettie as children almost broke my heart. I really enjoyed the letter writing between Celie and Nettie. My favorite part was the ending, it brought me to tears. Alice Walker is a new author for me and I look forward to reading more of her books.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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#1001books #Reading1001 #chunkster
I bought the Kindle version of the book due to its size. I am starting chapter 6. This is my second Murakami and I am still in love with the author. Looking forward to reading more.

BookwormM Love this book 💕💕 5mo
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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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This book has been in my TBR list for far too long. I am happy to get to it this month. The beginning with Celie and her father almost tore my heart out. I am 100 pages in now and enjoying it.

hilded I‘m looking forward to this one as well, like you it‘s been on my TBR for years. 5mo
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The Dovekeepers: A Novel | Alice Hoffman
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#backpackEurope @JenP @bookwormM @kristelh Masada is a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty, built by King Herod in the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. I am reading the Dovekeepers and enjoying it. Not much time to read on this vacation.

Kristelh Thanks for sharing your travels! 10mo
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The Kindly Ones | Jonathan Littell
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#backpackEurope @JenP @BookwormM @Pippitypip @Kristelh Looking out from Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. No pictures were allowed inside. Life changing tour from the granddaughter of a survivor. The Kindly Ones, I am on track with my reading. I liked the first 100 pages but have lost interest in the book. I hope it gets better for me. #1001books #reading1001

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#backpackEurope @JenP @BookwormM @Pippitypip @Kristelh
Like Pip I am traveling this summer so participating through pictures. I am in Amsterdam and went to Anne Frank house today. Rewarding experience. Very hot here, was not expecting that.

hilded Amsterdam is lovely, enjoy 😎 10mo
Kristelh So cool to see you! Enjoy your travels 10mo
KateFulfordAuthor Lovely city - was there a few months back 10mo
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BookwormM Enjoy your travels 10mo
AAdamson Oh, I can‘t wait! We‘ll be there next July. (edited) 10mo
wlivengood I am sooooooo jealous!!! But I am happy for you of course!!!! 10mo
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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@JenP #blindassassinbuddyread I am continuing my love affair with Margaret Atwood, this my third book by the author and by far my favorite. An intricate family tale surrounding the girls Iris and Laura Chase. The story is non-linear, told from both past and present. Additional information is gleamed through articles and a story called The Blind Assassin. I loved the experience and journey of the novel and it will stay with me for some time.

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

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I completed part 7 and I am entranced by young Iris. "I'm not sad," I said, and began to cry. Sympathy from strangers can be ruinous."
"But I knew nothing about business. My task was to smile."
"Not for the first time, I felt like a child excluded by its parents."
"Worry. Time. Ruined. Selfish. Forgive me. What could I say to that?

Looking forward to part 8.

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Marital relations: "This reduction of my engagement ring to a minor errand." "What I want isn't the point."
Color: "her lipstick was a dark pinkish orange, a shade that had just come in..."
Secrets: "We were too secretive for charm, or else too blunt." "I could have hit her. It was, of course, my secret consolation."

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Layers: "Unlike Laura, I have never had the courage of my convictions." "Her vagueness, her simplicity, her fecklessness. Criticism of Laura was reserved for me."
Unhappiness: "In the first week of December, father announced a shutdown."
Betrayal: Callie, general strike, Alex Thomas, Laura and Iris.
Obligation: Iris -"Was it my belief that I was doing this only to spare her-to help her, to take care of her"

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

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Clues to Laura "Being Laura, I thought, was like being tone deaf: the music played and you heard something, but it wasn't what everyone else heard."
Class commentary: "It's so - so well preserved! (House). "Bennett's Labour camps, for the unemployed."
Made me sad: "-a boy who couldn't have been more than sixteen fell under the wheels and was virtually cut in two." Jubilee Bridge.

batsy The tone deaf comment to describe Laura = so good! 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Gender "We didn't learn very much Latin but we learned a great deal about forgery." The tutors had a lot of gender inequality.
Sex "Or under my skirt. What he likes is panties."
Humor "This was where the Chase and Sons Labour Day celebration used to be held. That was the formal name, though people just called it the button factory picnic."
Nature "There's a wild plum tree at the back of the garden...

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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#Blindassassinbuddyread @JenP @dd4250
Finally figured out screen shot, my phone case was causing problems, and editing. I am making good progress this week. Still really enjoying the book.

JenP Make sure you show us where you found everything so other readers can follow along. 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

#Blindassassinbuddyread Bingo Card @JenP @dd4250
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"No one expected us to be geniuses, and it would be conferring no favors if we were, but there was surely a minimum, even for girls: we would be nothing but encumbrances to any man foolish enough to marry us unless we were made to pull up our socks."

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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My question. Do we know who the two lovers are? So far they are nameless to me. What do you think? #blindassassinbuddyread @JenP @dd4250

Cinfhen I'm assuming at the moment it's Laura but that seems to obvious...so now I'm thinking maybe Laura was writing about Iris 🤷‍♀️ 2y
JenP @Cinfhen I also thought Laura but that‘s an interesting speculation 2y
vivastory My guess is that it's Laura 2y
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Cinfhen I have a #suspiciousmind 😂 @JenP (edited) 2y
jhod I think Laura and Richard 2y
Cinfhen Interesting theory @jhod I could see that as a possibility 2y
CafeMom Laura and Richard. I like that conjecture. 2y
Currey The woman is quite concerned about being seen or found out while the man is not. That could be a reflection of the times but it makes me think it is not Richard. 2y
JenP @Currey I think you are right. 2y
Sushicat I think Laura, but not Richard. 2y
dd4250 I don‘t get the whole secret mystery lover thing yet. Laura sounds plausible, she‘s a wild card. 2y
batsy I think it's Laura and initially wondered about Richard as the guy, but he seems to have maybe communist leanings, or is a radical leftist and living in hiding and with the bare minimum? So not a capitalist with money... Those were my thoughts ☺️ 2y
Cinfhen You're right @Currey good point about Richard 2y
Cinfhen Although it is definitely a reflection of the times...Iris was VERY aware of her father's infidelities 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

"Once I'd reached the talking-back age, l used to say, I never asked to be born, as if that were a clinching argument; and Reenie would retort, Of course you did. Just like everyone else. Once alive you were on the hook for it, as far as Reenie was concerned."

I am beginning to really like Reenie. #blindassassinbuddyread #quotables @JenP @dd4250

vivastory She's a really interesting character 2y
dd4250 Reenie is a spark plug. I love how she selectively chooses to ignore certain transgressions - and how Iris realizes this as an adult in hindsight. 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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#blindassassinbuddyread #readingspace #snackswhilereading @JenP @dd4250

On the days that I am not working I read on my couch with my morning coffee. I never eat while reading a book. I also read every night before bed. I just started part 3. So far I detect 3 story lines.

Kristelh I wish I never ate while reading! 2y
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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#blindassassinbuddyread @JenP @dd4250
Expectations. I am looking forward to reading this book. I have liked the other two Atwood books I have read. I have heard reviews on both sides of the fence but will leave judgement for the end. I am more worried about figuring out Litsy.

JenP You se me to be managing it well! 2y
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I had to raid everyone's book shelf but I did it. It appears that purple is a popular color for children's books.

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