Just letting this one take me for a ride. Grateful for the pencilled notes in this second-hand copy!
I am reading this to my husband. Quite lovely.
Absolutely ripped my way through this one and enjoyed it even more than the first book! Lila and Elena are endlessly fascinating.
Some achingly beautiful writing here. Helen's way of describing her own and her hawk's place in the natural world is startlingly original at times.
Sex, erotica, ridiculous dialogue. Misguided ideas about commas and parts of the female anatomy. And, infamously, breasts that hang like pomegranates. Jamie's Dad wrote a porno. Jamie decided that the best way to deal with this would be to read it aloud with some friends and completely rip apart the characters, grammar, dialogue and plot in hilarious fashion. The resulting podcast is "My Dad Wrote A Porno". I like to listen to it on the train.
I didn't actually like any of the characters but I enjoyed the story and Flaubert's painting of the deeply flawed characters. I can't quite decide if Emma Bovary got what she deserved because I did understand her fragility and desperation, despite her deplorable actions.
This started out as a "should read" and I did find it tedious in parts. It did force me to slow down mentally as I absorbed it though. But boy, did it all add up to something spectacularly moving. Truths so humbly yet powerfully written. I found myself stopping to take in enormous nuggets of wisdom many times. The strength and humanity of these characters will stay with me. Not many books make me cry, but this one did, from somewhere deep down.
Readings was crowned International Bookstore of the Year in 2016 and lucky for me, is only a short bike ride away, nestled in the world's most liveable city! Melbourne is an amazing place to live and a beautiful place to be a book lover!! #getindie
May not have bee the first "adult" book I read but the earliest I can remember. I read it at 13. My teacher noticed it on my desk and asked what I thought of it. I said it was "very dark". #funfriday (even though it's Saturday and this book is not fun at all)
Enjoying the gentle winter sun and enjoying the journey of the hobbits!
I'll review this book later. I just need some fermented grapes to get over the emotions that came when I finished it. I have only shed tears over a handful of books, and this is now one of them.
"No - the stars are close and dear and I have joined the brotherhood of the worlds. And everything's holy - everything, even me."
The more I read this book the more incredible & moving & truthful it gets. One of many paragraphs (and there are many better ones) that just make my head drop back.
Diving in. Possibly whilst listening to Led Zeppelin.
"The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."
This one burned brightly all the way through. Expect a novel within a novel, Devil and Christ-like characters (and Pontius Pilate) that interact in an unexpected way, and the dramatic upheaval of those who encounter them. Weird and wonderful, complete with a bullet-proof talking cat.
So excited to start reading this on my honeymoon! Someone once told me she finishes reading it and then goes right back to the start and begins again.