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Liz_M

Liz_M

Joined September 2017

Eliz_M on LT. Somewhat obsessively reading the 1001 books list. When I'm not reading I'm visiting museums or cooking.
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Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection | Various, RANDOM HOUSE INC, New York Review Book
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I moved this week and, of course, the books are being unpacked first. 😁 In the lower right are the read-owned nyrb books. The rest are TBR. :-o

#nyrbbookclub, @BarbaraBB @Billypar @vivastory

Billypar Gorgeous! Do you find yourself stopping what you're doing and just gazing at them? 1w
BarbaraBB Unbelievable. I didn‘t even know there were so many! You don‘t need to buy any for the #NYRBBookClub I suppose? And I love the size of your TBR 😍😍 1w
Theaelizabet Just...wow. 1w
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Liz_M @Billypar They've been on the shelves for all of 14 hours, but are strategically placed in the view of my reading chair, so there will be much gazing . 😁 1w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB The nyrb catalog is extensive. This is probably less than 20% of a complete set. I don't, for example, own After Claude. :-S 1w
Liz_M @Theaelizabet NYC bookstores are dangerously stocked with used editions. 😁 1w
vivastory This is fantastic! I have had good luck with finding them at Half Price Books. 1w
LeahBergen OHMYGOD. This is stunning! 😍😍😍 1w
hilded Fantastic! Hope your move went well 😊 1w
CafeMom That is one organized and colorful book shelf. 1w
sisilia 😍 Wonderful! I‘m glad I‘m not the only one with bulging NYRB TBR 😆 1w
Liz_M @vivastory I expect, with your being the leader of the bookclub and all, for you to catch in soon. 😉 1w
Liz_M @vivastory I expect, with your being the leader of the bookclub and all, for you to catch in soon. 😉 1w
Liz_M @hilded Moving isn't easy, so there were some difficulties. But the actual day of the move was perfectly smooth. 😀 1w
hilded @Liz_M No, I know - it‘s pretty life consuming, especially when selling the old place. But glad the moving day itself went well 😊 1w
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There is a new(ish) #nyrb translation of this #1001books. And a goodreads nyrb-group will be reading this and discussing it with the translator in June:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19632217-max-havelaar-or-the-coffee-auction...

#nyrbbookclub, @vivastory

Liz_M Huh, wow. copy-pasting links into the web app sure looks weird. @litsy 2w
Theaelizabet @Liz_M I‘m a very lax member of that group, too. I‘ll find you over there. 2w
BarbaraBB This is an obligatory read for Dutch kids in high school, the reason why most of us hate it 😂 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Just started for #nyrbbookclub. Cassandra (Greek) unheard, unbelieved prophet and Judith (Biblical) infiltrator and killer of enemy leader. I assume these names are not coincidental?

(Graruitous breakfast pic, since I don't have the book with me.)

Theaelizabet I think we can assume those names are important. Enjoy breakfast. It looks quite elegant! 2w
Henrik_Madsen Don‘t know the book, but breakfast looks great! 2w
Leftcoastzen Love that bagel! 2w
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Liz_M Thanks @Henrik_Madsen, @Theaelizabet, @Leftcoastzen It was dee-licious! 😋 2w
vivastory I think you'll love this one & yes, names definitely play a role in it 2w
BarbaraBB Clever thinking about the names! You‘re right I think. Looking forward to your review! 2w
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The Tunnel | Dorothy Richardson
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I am moving. Again. I have been in my current rent-stabilized apartment only since Feb 2018, but it turned out to be a sh*thole--persistent pest problems and water damage in the kitchen wall with the paint bubbling and festering for 5 months. The management company only fixed it after I filed a complaint with the city. But, I won a housing lottery and am moving to a rent-stabilized unit in a brand new luxury building next week! #GimmeShelter

Liz_M The tagged book is relevant because I was reading it at the same time I was looking at the new apartment and the novel opens with the main character viewing/moving into a rented room. 3w
Theaelizabet Congratulations on your new digs! 3w
BarbaraBB Moving again, That‘s quite a challenge. But the good thing is that you can arrange your books again 😉. Wishing you lots of happy times in the new place 💚🍀 3w
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RidgewayGirl Good luck with the move, that all will go smoothly. May you enjoy many happy years in your new digs. 3w
Liz_M @Theaelizabet Thank you! 3w
Liz_M @RidgewayGirl It could be much worse -- I'm only moving two miles; not between two countries. 😁 3w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Yes, moving IN, finding the exact whatsit for the new space, and getting everything arranged will be fun. I do realize I owe you a pic of my nyrb shelves when they are unpacked. 😁 3w
Liz_M Oh! I forgot to add that this post was brought to you courtesy of the new Web App: www.litsy.com 3w
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Expendable Man (Revised) | Dorothy B Hughes
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Living in NYC, I have managed to amass 121 #nyrb books, 103 of which are unread. 😁 Pictured are some of my favorites. @vivastory #nyrbbookclub

Billypar Oh wow...I have 2 😂 That must be a gorgeous shelf! 3w
Billypar Well, *shelves* clearly. Or 'bookcases'. 3w
Theaelizabet Wow! I have quite a few, but you sure beat me. I loved Troubles and have The Siege of Krishnapur, but have yet to get to it. Same with The Long Ships. (edited) 3w
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BarbaraBB Unbelievable!! Please share a picture 😍. And I see all of those #1001books published by NYRB. So much more attractive than my editions! 3w
BarbaraBB And last but not least: an ultimate favorite?! 3w
vivastory You have made me feel so much better about my unread pile of NYRB! 😄I have The Long Ships, still TBR 😬 Have you read Hughes' In a Lonely Place? I've loved seeing all of the love for Hughes 3w
arubabookwoman I‘ve only read the 3 on the left, but they‘re among my favorites too. I just bought the 2 volume NYRB edition of Anniversaries, from the 1001 list. I think it was only issued fairly recently by them. 3w
Liz_M @Billypar It was several shelves, arranged by title so there wasn't too much of one color in one place. At the moment it is 1.5 boxes. I hate moving. 😡 3w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'll have to see if I have a picture of one of the previous arrangements. ☺ 3w
Liz_M @Theaelizabet 😁 😁 I had to stop visiting Housing Works Used Bookstore because I finally tab out of room for all my nyrb and other books. 3w
Liz_M @vivastory I haven't read Lonely Place. And glad to help others feel better about their book collections 😁 3w
Liz_M @arubabookwoman It was released in Oct 2018. I bought an advance copy at the Sept 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival and then cursed myself for lugging around so many heavy books (I also got several volumes of My Struggle) 3w
batsy What a collection 🙌🏽 3w
sisilia Wow wow! I‘d, too, keep buying NYRB Classics if I lived in NYC. I own 77 and have read 17 😆 I will be in the city end of this month and will definitely hunt for more 3w
CafeMom I loved Season of Migration. 3w
Liz_M @sisilia The Strand will have quite a few nyrb titles for half price,, so bring a list of the ones you most want and try your luck! I actually bought most of mine at Housing Works Used Bookstore & Cafe. The first weekend of every month there is an additional 30% off the already less-than-full-priced books. I would scan the shelves for the distinctive logo on the spin and buy as many as I could! 3w
Liz_M @batsy I love it. Except now that I am moving (again) and so I curse my collection. 3w
Liz_M @CafeMom 😀 3w
sisilia @Liz_M Thanks for the tips!! 3w
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Mehso-so

An interesting depiction of coming of age in post-WWII Naples (how accurate, I don't know), but overall the writing felt flat. It is relentlessly single point of view with little complexity to the narration -- no omniscient description or narrator observations to reinforce (or contradict) Lenu. Nothing hints at any inner life of other characters. Once the narrator is in high school I was utterly bored with her life and the perfect Lila.

Liz_M 2.5 🌟 #ATY2019 15 Mediterranean setting, #Readingwomen 21 2mo
BarbaraBB So no continuation for you I suppose?! 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Oh I will, the 4th volume is on the 1001 list after all. I'm just not as enthusiastic as the rest of the world :-) 1mo
BarbaraBB It gets better. I wasn‘t impressed with the first volume either. 2 and 3 are real good though. 1mo
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The Pigeon | Patrick Suskind
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A pair of pigeons have discovered the open windows in my building's staircase. I'm trying to not let it cause an existential crises, even though they startle the bejeezus out of me.

vivastory That would be frightening!😬 2mo
AudreyMorris You do not want them building a nest in there, it will stink! Trust me. 2mo
BarbaraBB Lol, did you read the book? It‘s spot-on 😂😅 2mo
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Liz_M @AudreyMorris Hopefully, between the occasional resident using the stairs and the daily mopping, there will be to much activity for them to nest. 2mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Not only did I read the book, the plot was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pigeons. Well, right after my heartbeat slowed down anyways. 😁 2mo
arubabookwoman That book was the first thing I thought of when I saw your post too. I read it last year for 1001 Books. 2mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I had an unfortunate experience listening to this book. The story is told from multiple points of view, each chapter/section beginning with a different narrator. And being a modern novel, the events aren't necessarily relayed in chronological order. It wasn't until I was about 3 hours in, that a track started with "Chapter 2..." and I discovered my ipod was stuck in shuffle mode.

I think it would have been a four-star read if I heard it in order.

Lcsmcat 😂 2mo
Leftcoastzen OMG 2mo
BarbaraBB This is so funny 😂 2mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😜 2mo
GhostStories That is so unfortunate and so funny! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Not bad for a Sunday morning.

Leftcoastzen Yum! 3mo
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The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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The March TBR is almost doable.

BarbaraBB I loved the Erpenbeck. I hope you will too! 3mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'd better -- I suggested it for my bookclub's Match book 😁 3mo
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Mehso-so

Not an easy or enjoyable read. As the unlikeable protagonist makes his way through lower class Berlin, there are glimpses, through the collaged technique, of the instability of society. An interesting depiction of a particular time and place, held loosely together with the narrative downfall of a not so good main character. The writing is disorienting and powerful, but overall it is unpleasant, as probably interned by the author. 3 🌟 #1001books

Liz_M Cover art by George Grosz 3mo
Graywacke Love the image 3mo
Liz_M @Graywacke Is the cover art for the nyrb edition that I read. 3mo
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Backwater | Dorothy Richardson
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I read most of this camped out in the kitchen while painters were at work in the main room of my studio. So not the best circumstances in which to focus.

The novel continues to be charming and I very much identify with Miriam's bouts of insecurity and introversion. Set in a girls school in a London suburb, I felt the author and the narrator found this time in her life less interesting and thus it was less interesting to the reader.

3.5 🌟

AudreyMorris Agree! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Workman showed up at 8:00 am to continue repairing the cracked plaster on my studio's walls. I can't reach the bureau with my socks, but never fear, I have my books, my earbuds, and a camp chair. I'm set for the next few hours.

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A House in the Uplands | Erskine Caldwell
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I've read 30 pages and yes, this is a book that can and should be judged by its cover. 😡

BarbaraBB Oh no 😳 4mo
Graywacke 😯 4mo
Liz_M #ATY2019 #4 Criminal (scoundrel) character 3mo
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A House in the Uplands | Erskine Caldwell
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February TBR.

I love having an apartment where the heat is paid by the landlord. Outside feels like 23°F, but inside it is almost 80°F. 😁

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Pointed Roofs | Dorothy Richardson
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While probably not representative of a rural German town in the early 20th century, I do love these Brooklyn houses with their pointed roofs.

I read the first book in this volume in small pieces before bed and now need to re-read it to make more sense out of it.

Liz_M #ATY2019 #29 Published before 1950 3mo
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A collection of short stories, each one containing several stories. Coover's writing feels like the literary equivalent of cubism -- attempting to portray all sides of the story, all the different possibilities and outcomes. Many are retelling of fairy tales and even those that aren't are often dark, absurd, gruesome, and occasionally horrific. Often spellbinding, but also an overabundance of the male gaze. 3.5 🌟 #1001books, #reading1001

Liz_M #ATY2019 #42 montrous characters 4mo
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The Maze at Windermere: A Novel | Gregory Blake Smith
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A very cleverly constructed novel set in Newport, RI with five narratives from different times. It begins in 2011, then cycles through chapters set in 1896, 1861, 1776, and 1692. Each story features a protagonist using deception (or self deception) in pursuit of a relationship with an individual from a different class. Each timeline is well-researched and written in a different style, weaving in obvoius links to the others. But for me it lacked ♥.

Liz_M 3.5 🌟 Picture shamelessly stolen from the Web. #Aty2019 #3 author's name contains A,T Y 4mo
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Kieron Smith, Boy | James Kelman
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Kelman does not write books that can be read quickly. This monologue is presented as the interior thoughts of a young boy growing up in poverty in Glasgow. Nothing is immediately impressive in the writing; it is "just" a steady flow of dialect - no arc or defining moment. I suspect it is extremely well-done and maybe too authentic. I loved the passages about climbing walls/drainpipes/trees, but there is also a lot of boring boy-child thoughts.

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Jan.TBR stack.

Leftcoastzen ❤️🎉Berlin Alexanderplantz 5mo
JenniferP Are you reading Pilgrimage with the group read in the Category Challenge on LT? I am - you should join us! 5mo
Liz_M @JenniferP I think that might be why @Kristelh GR 1001 group choose this as a year-long read 😉 I'll have to remember to find and star the LT thread ☺ 5mo
Kristelh It was a year long read at #reaing1001 so I suggested it as a year long read on LT. 5mo
JenniferP @Kristelh with a book like that it‘s best to start with as many people as possible. People always drop out, understandably! 5mo
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My Struggle, Book Six | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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Mount TBR got a little taller this year.

BookishMarginalia Wow! Impressive! 5mo
AceOnRoam I'll be cheering from the sidelines. Good luck! 5mo
Liz_M @AceOnRoam Well, I might not start reading them until 2045, but at least they will be waiting for me when I am ready. 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 5mo
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AceOnRoam LOL. Maybe one per decade... 5mo
Kristelh How many total pages? 5mo
Liz_M @Kristelh 430+573+427+485+1157+1157 = 4229 5mo
Kristelh That is a struggle! 5mo
vivastory I read the first volume & really loved it, been meaning to read the others! 5mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Happiness is checking the library website and finding available a much coveted book that you thought still had a long wait list! ☺

Happy Holidays! 🎄 🎁 😘

sprainedbrain Happy holidays to you! ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Contemporary fiction? Wow 😉😘 5mo
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Ready for 2019.

#1001books, #Reading1001

Leftcoastzen 👏Viragos 7mo
JenniferP Where did you find these all? I keep thinking about reading this but they are hard to track down. 7mo
Kristelh Nice, I have book envy. I need these! 7mo
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Liz_M @JenniferP Three from Abe Books, one from Alibris. You have to settle for "used good" which, in this case, means pencil underlines throughout. 7mo
JenniferP Thanks! I‘ve been looking on eBay but only see them sporadically, except the first volume which seems pretty accessible. I‘ll try Abe books. 7mo
BarbaraBB Hi Liz, just checking in! You‘re so quiet both here and on LT. I hope all is well and you‘re just busy reading and living 💜 5mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'm still reading (always), but as life has gotten very busy, I've stopped writing reviews (which always felt like work). Plus I am just OCD enough that it needs to be in order so now I have to remember what I thought about books read in June. 😁 5mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I‘ll miss your reviews, they are very good, but I understand they felt like working. It is one of the reasons I prefer Litsy to LT lately: here I can write short reviews (writing in English is still difficult for me), keep track of my reading and keep up with what others read 5mo
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The River Between | Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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#BKBF book haul! 😁 😁 😁

The two volume dark nyrb book will be released in Oct. My Struggle was on sale, but I couldn't carry five volumes of it, due to weight of said nyrb book.

#1001books, #reading1001

vivastory I'm intrigued by the two volume NYRB! This is the first I've heard of it 8mo
vivastory Did NYRB have their own booth? That'd kill my bank account. 8mo
Liz_M @vivastory Jahrestage or Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson. I was so excited that I forgot to buy two other nyrb books. 😁 😁 😁 8mo
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BarbaraBB Jahrestage looks amazing! And I know the Knausgaard and Erpenbeck are too. What a great haul 😍 8mo
arubabookwoman That is one great book haul! 8mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I blame you for the Knausgaard 8mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Haha, I hope you‘re going to love him too! He is speaking in NYC next week, I just heard from @mrozzz. Just so you know 😉😘 8mo
mrozzz Yes!! Through murrmurr I think. In Brooklyn! @BarbaraBB 8mo
BarbaraBB @mrozzz That‘s where @Liz_M lives I believe😀 8mo
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Got my shirt, my big tote bag and my list of panels. I think I'm ready for #bkbf

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Unknown Soldiers | Väinö Linna
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Returned from vacation to find these stuffed into the mailbox. Thanks Abebooks for the speedy delivery!
#1001books, #Reading1001

BarbaraBB All #1001books 😍 8mo
Leftcoastzen Loved absolute beginners! 8mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Taking a break from my tome to read my friend's copy of this book. Luckily, she said it was okay if it got sandy and dripped on. 😁

Cinfhen Nice friend 😇 9mo
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The Kindly Ones | Jonathan Littell
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Nothing says "beach holiday" like the tagged book! ? ? ?

Swe_Eva 😂 Very beachy... 9mo
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Love Cheryls Global Soul! I've been eating brunch here two or three times a month for years and the waitstaff know my order, so the food is put in immediately and arrives promptly. Perfect start to Sunday. 😁 😍

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A Severed Head | Iris Murdoch
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August TBR. It's not as need as it looks -- for three of the tomes pictured I am only reading one of the novels in the omnibus.

Billypar The Beckett is on my TBR shelf....it won't be August, but I will get to it one of these days. I'll look out for your review! 10mo
BarbaraBB Some heavy reading among these! I enjoyed the Green ones! 10mo
arubabookwoman I kind of liked Day of the Dolphin, but I have no idea as to why it was included on the 1001 list. I read the Green and the Beckett way back in college. I have no desire to revisit Beckett, but I might reread the Green someday, since I have absolutely no recollection of it. (edited) 10mo
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JenniferP Possession!!! I loved that book. 10mo
Liz_M @Billypar Don't hold your breath; I still haven't reviewed my June reads. 😁 10mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman I enjoy Beckett's plays but am having trouble with Molloy. 😔 10mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I am looking forward to Living! 10mo
Liz_M @JenniferP I loved it when I first read it a long time ago. I hope the reread is as good! 10mo
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All Souls' Day | Cees Nooteboom
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Arthur Daane is a lost soul. A Dutch documentary filmmaker and freelance cameraman, he has spent the past years wandering. Presently in Berlin, he walks the streets, filming, ruminating on history and memory, and having wonderful esoteric conversations with friends. Until he becomes obsessed with Elik.

I loved the fluid writing and descriptions, and was amused by the "chorus". But Nooteboom keeps everything at a distance. #1001books, #reading1001

Liz_M #BackpackEurope, @JenP @BookwormM So sad to be leaving the Netherlands, but I did snag some stroopwafels for the office, assuming I don't eat them all myself! 10mo
JenP Love this update and photos! 10mo
Liz_M The best part is it is all photos I took on a 48-hour work trip to Amsterdam in June. 😁 I probably won't be able to do that for many other countries. 10mo
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July TBR. I have to read at least 125 pages a day to complete them all. Eeep!

Hunsakermountain You have some excellent books here! 11mo
Daisey ❤️ East of Eden! 11mo
arubabookwoman I loved both A World for Julius and The Kindly Ones. They are very, very different. Hope you aren‘t too turned off by some of the awful things, which are graphically described, that happen in The Kindly Ones. And after reading Julius I often wondered why the author wasn‘t as well-known as his compatriot Llosa. 11mo
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arubabookwoman Oh—and I am reading (or rather rereading) East of Eden this month, and liking it v. much. It‘s for my years of my life read—it was published in 1952 where I currently am. I‘m about 300 pp in- looks like I have the same edition you have pictured. 11mo
BarbaraBB You have not read East of Eden yet?? Lucky you! 10mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman @BarbaraBB is also a reread for me and just as wonderful as I remembered! 10mo
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All Souls' Day | Cees Nooteboom
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Having my favorite treat ever, stroopwafels, while in the company of expat Dutch artists.

#backpackEurope, @JenP

BookwormM I was in Amsterdam for work recently I came back with 7 different types of Stroopwaffles for the office favourite was the chocolate which is like a round twix followed by apple pie flavour 11mo
Liz_M Nice! I only brought back 5 types (3 for the office, two for me) plus a container of salty black licorice. 😁 11mo
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All Souls' Day | Cees Nooteboom

#BackpackEurope #ServiceAnnouncement In case you're interested, this book seems to be mostly set in Berlin and the main character just visited Brandenburg Gate.

Hunsakermountain Hey thanks ... I have it planned for the wrong country. I need to change that. 11mo
Liz_M I figured someone should benefit from my mistake -- I'm reading it for the Netherlands (Dutch author). 😁 😁 😁 11mo
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The quartet is composed of four aging clerks that share an office: Edwin, Letty, Marcia, and Norman. It begins shortly before the Letty and Marcia are asked to retire, showing first the routine of their lives and the changes retirement brings. Pym depicts their shabby and disconnected lives and how, despite best efforts, easy it is to fall through the social/safety net for some and how others adapt to change. The writing is economical and solid.

arubabookwoman I read this in my 30‘s, late 40‘s, and 60‘s. It meant something different to me each time, and it is much different from her other books. I am currently rereading Excellent Women because it was published in 1952, and as I am culling my books I think Quartet will be the only one I keep. 11mo
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Grischa, a WWI Russian soldier, escapes a prisoner camp and is discoveredhiding in the forest by outlaws. He tarries with the captivating Babka before the driving desire to return to his family in Russia overcomes him. Babka clothes him in the uniform of a deserter, but he is captured again and this time his false identity cannot help him...

I loved the first section, but found the machinations of German forces tedious. The end was compelling.

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All Souls' Day | Cees Nooteboom
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Finally checked into my Amsterdam hotel. Good thing I'll be spending all my awake time sight seeing, as the "view" of Rembrandtplein is rather dull.

#backpackEurope

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Black Rain: A Novel | Masuji Ibuse
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First published in serialization, the novel uses a frame story, set a few years after the end of the war, to incorporate diaries from multiple characters depicting in excruciating detail the horrors suffered in Hiroshima after the atom bomb was dropped.

The amount of detail and the distancing effect of the "diary" entries gives this book a documentary feel. But I found it plodding and other people's stories were shoehorned in unrealistically.

Liz_M 3.5 🌟 #popsugar 11mo
arubabookwoman I loved this book. I alternated reading it with a book by Lydia Millet which imagined what it would be like if Oppenheim et al returned to life today to see what the invention of the A-bomb has wreaked on the world. (edited) 11mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman That sounds interesting! I've only heard good things about this book. I suspect part of my problem with it was reading it on an 8 hour flight -- it wasn't quite captivating to overcome the annoyances of flying squashed in coach. 11mo
BarbaraBB Sounds interesting. I visited the war museum in Hiroshima a few years ago and it was so confronting and shocking 😢 11mo
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All Souls' Day | Cees Nooteboom
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#Backpackeurope

Home country: USA
Starting point: Netherlands, reading the tagged book
I haven't planned to "see" specific sites -- just reading books for various countries and playing it by ear -- especially since I've already had to make a change from the itinerary pictured here. ?
I'll be mostly posting updates on goodreads.

@JenP

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Absalom! Absalom! | William Faulkner
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A little, light early morning lake reading.

arubabookwoman I love Faulkner, and this one is my favorite, but I know he‘s not for everyone. 11mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful picture. Still need to read this one. 11mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman I am enjoying it, but I was also careful to schedule the re-read during vacation and I'm only reading 30 pages a day. 11mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB It is wonderful, but hard. I am glad I read a plot summary first! 11mo
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Pastoralia | George Saunders
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Saunders excels at the short story. He can create a whole world, similar to our own, and portray a lifetime in a few pages. So, it may sound weird to say my impression of this collection is one of distaste. These stories are so well-written that the despair and resentment of the narrators permeated the reading experience and colored how I felt about the work as a whole.

3.5 🌟 #1001books, #reading1001

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Voyage Out | Virginia Woolf
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It is primarily the story of Rachel, a sheltered 24 year old taken in hand by her aunt. Set on her father's cargo so and in an English resort in S. America, it details her journey into adulthood.

As Woolf's first novel, there are hints of the greatness to come. Although the story doesn't arc and the plot plops, there are passages of stunning beauty. I would have enjoyed it more if tax in a less disjointed fashion.
3.5 🌟 #1001books

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New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape | Nancy Foner, Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, Rogier van Reekum
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1. Amazing vegetarian tasting menu at a fancy Michelin-starred restaurant in Amsterdam
2. Nope #Brooklyn #NYC
3. Tortellini soup
4. Purple
5. Ahem, 69

#humpdaypost, @MinDea

MinDea That looks yummy! 12mo
BarbaraBB Cool picture! Glad you enjoyed it!! 12mo
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Envy: A Novel | Kathryn Harrison
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I'll have one of these, please.

BarbaraBB Ahh... the Rijksmuseum... I prefer the library above Rembrandt‘s Night Watch 😍 12mo
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The Homeland of Pure Joy | William Dewey
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A lovely meal at a restaurant recommended by @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Wow, you are here! And you made it to Pension Homeland! It‘s a cool place, don‘t you think? I hope you liked it!! 😘 12mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB We ate in the bar and enjoyed the casual atmosphere. So casual that I looked up in time to see the completely bare backside of a toddler being taken to the restroom. 😁 But my boss really liked it, so thanks! 12mo
Liz_M I mean my boss liked the restaurant. I don't think he's a pedophile. 12mo
BarbaraBB And tonight Bolenius? You‘ll be happy 🍀 12mo
BarbaraBB Haha, I read it the way you meant to 😘 12mo
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A Ballad for Georg Henig | Viktor Paskov
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Set on 1950s Bulgaria, it is a loving obituary for Georg Henig, told by the now grown Victor. When young, Victor's family lived in poverty. His father, a musician, commissioned a violin for his son from Georg, an elderly master craftsman. Victor befriends Georg and adopts him into the family.

A charming story, told through a child's eyes, with an elasticity of time and hint of magic and naivete that depicts unpleasant events without ugliness.

BarbaraBB This does sound good! 12mo
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The Ravishing of Lol Stein | Marguerite Duras
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Lol its married with children and has long since settled into a routine that approximates living. She becomes unsettled after the family moves into her childhood home where at the age of nineteen her fiancé publicly jilted her. Lol its captivated by a familiar face and gradually inserts herself into her childhood friend's affair.

It is a cold depiction of characters and events related in a post-modern style - non linear with authorial asides.

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An American Tragedy | Theodore Dreiser
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Trapped on the outside, looking in, Clyde makes all the wrong choices in his pursuit of the American Dream.

I wanted to like this book, but there was So Much Plot. A dozen pages describing every thought as a character vacillated between two alternatives. It read as if the short declarative sentences of Hemingway were used to write a convoluted, too long Henry James novel. 🌟 🌟
#LitsyClassics, @Sarah83, #popsugar2018

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Black Widow: The Name of the Rose | Marjorie M. Liu, Daniel Acuna
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Yeah, I do take my reading seriously.

CareBear Love this one! 12mo
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