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MariettaSG

MariettaSG

Joined August 2016

Catharsis is my standard for a great book; the ones that make me weep, laugh uncontrollably, or leave me pondering life and meaning are the best.
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Uncivil Wars: Quarterly Essay 87 by Waleed Aly, Scott Stephens
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After the Carnage by Tara June Winch
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Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Holy Bible: Zondervan Today's New International Version, Study Bible by Zondervan Publishing House, Kenneth L. Barker, John Henry Stek
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Favourite poem so far as since I‘m working on a bit of a still life painting at the moment I like this even more.

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Super fast, super funny, super easy read. My mother for years was convinced Australians really liked onions ‘good onion, Mum!‘ But yes, as a migrant whose father was a carpenter on arriving to Australia this book gave me a tonne of laughs and nostalgia , it‘s very true to the migrant experience even that of the late 70s, early 80s, the Oz lingo was hard to follow. A lot of dinner time conversations about what things mean. See ya round, good onya!

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The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Not what I would call literature but a good story that is well crafted around an interesting historical event. Without the dancing plague it probably wouldn‘t have held my interest. A solid narrative on womanhood in 16th century Roman Catholic Church empire in Europe.

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Like a House on Fire | Cate Kennedy
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A great collection of short stories that unpack the complexities of family life, marriage like commitments, parenting, mothering and being female.

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Fabulous novel with an adorable yet unreliable narrator who becomes more reliable as the story unfolds. It is the ease with which you can love the narrator Eleanor, he cleverly crafted voice that is so funny that propels you through the novel.

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Based on a True Story | Delphine de Vigan
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Didn‘t finish this, found it too slow moving. Might be an unreliable narrator but not enough happened to@keep me engaged.

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Read this and found the facts fascinating but found that the telling of it by Pybus could have been more compelling. An important read, especially for Tasmanians.

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Flames | Robbie Arnott
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Just loved this book, having lived for almost 40 years in Tasmania I relished the descriptions of both people and place. It is truly a magical island and magical realism works well to express this and the island‘s delightful quirkiness. Plot is a young man is wanting to craft a coffin for his very alive sister as the women in his life don‘t stay dead, truly more to do with grief and it‘s process. A great read and a great ride. ❤️❤️❤️

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Lockdown seriously slowed down my reading, I did persist but this book, the voice of Eleanor - so good, so funny is doing the reading live trick for me.

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Loved the multiple narratives in this and the magical realism reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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Only read 42 of 558 pages, reasonably dense, mostly just creating the character of Morten as he learns all sorts of things (mostly sexual) about life while he studies medicine and for the priesthood. Has a slightly puritanical/Scarlett letter feeling to it but the atmosphere, possibly the harsh Scandinavian setting contributes to this, is much more blunt.

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Importance of writers and of artists.

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Christmas presents, yay! 🎄 🎁

thereflectiveflaneur The TM one is fab collection. And the Atwood is great! Don‘t know the other two will look them up 2y
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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C for Cameroon. I enjoyed this but it wasn‘t a page turner. It gave good insight to the migrant experience, I would not classify the main characters as asylum seekers as they were not fleeing persecution/war rather they chose to try to achieve a better life in the US. In the end they chose going home over the US and gave a new perspective on the US, not an entirely favourable one - that the great American Dream is dead.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue

I chose this because I wanted something from Cameroon, I really struggled to get hold of a work in translation out of Cameroon so reading this by a Cameroon author living in NY. Enjoying it and finding that for me it is about the migrant experience, the difficulties, confusions and hopes of those who move to a new place in hope of a better future, just as my parents did when I was 3. #Vegemite is not a powerful chocolate spread. 😱😂

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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Beautifully descriptive, symbolic and crafted tale of a poor farmer who spent his youth caring for his ailing parents, now 28 and caring for his ‘ailing‘ wife (7 years his senior) when her bright young niece comes to live them due to lack of family and at the same time help his wife. More than hope flickers, is fanned and flames resulting in an action which determines their combined fate. Quick to read and recommended text.

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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton

“He would have liked to stand there with her all night in the blackness.” This pretty much sums up the book, and I‘d say he got what he wanted.

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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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I was warned that this book was bleak and rightly so, nonetheless I really enjoyed it, particularly the ending. Responsibility, true responsibility is not for the faint hearted.

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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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Truth! This sentiment profoundly affects me and through it I can appreciate McCandless‘ deep frustration with society and wealth. Although I still find him to be spoilt and inflexible, I understand why such insincerity and superficiality drove him into the wild.

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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer

Reading this for work, will have to go over it with a fine tooth comb.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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The connectedness between all of the characters is the strength of this book.I did not find it was told with different voices, same voice telling a number of stories over place and time. An enjoyable book tha provoked thought at times.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue

Just ordered this! Excited!

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo

Another great thing about this book is that every now and then I have to check my inherent bias, this of course, is always a good thing.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo

It seems almost inappropriate to say that I am really enjoying this text but the truth of the women and the number who have experienced awful behaviour at the hands of men and others resonates, resonates with many revelations of friends. So good to have someone express how terribly common this experience is, vindicating.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo

So far have loved Yazz, reminds me of my daughters, unfortunately Dominique takes me back to my roller derby days and a friendship with a lesbian couple where one was abusive to the other, complicated and painful. 😖

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Well crafted narrative that diverts from the norm when the main plot is a pandemic that kills 99% of the population, has the usual behaviours but it is the focus on humanity that sets it apart.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel

“On silent afternoons... found himself thinking about how human the city is, how human everything is.” Is it though? Or is our collective narcissism exactly the the problem?

thereflectiveflaneur Love this quote! ... especially given our recent release from lockdown! (edited) 2y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel

“Hell is the absence of the people you long for.” 😞☹️ so true. I‘m glad covid hasn‘t sorted the human race so severely that we end up stuck with whoever is left. That sounds harsh but if you can‘t imagine the problems with that then read this text. Covid has made it clear who my people are and I am so grateful for them, it hurts.

thereflectiveflaneur Sooooo true - special person! Read on! 2y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel

“Because survival is insufficient” - so true. Having spent days in lockdown in Melbourne brought the truth that just getting through the day eating, sleeping, working is not enough, people are more than just their biological survival. For me I needed creative outlets of drawing, painting, designing, sewing. And some human contact, a good friend phone call and family zooms with those in other states.

thereflectiveflaneur And to go to a bookstore!!!!!!!! Spent hours in my local kindle! Kindle is great but nothing beats your local store! Now to get to some community events and readings! 2y
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Becoming | Michelle Obama

Read this for 40 minutes in a library and although Michelle and her life sounded interesting it didn‘t grab me. I needed a little characteristic to make it stand out in order to keep going.

MariettaSG Sounds like I should listen to the audiobook. 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Her voice is very soothing for the audiobook. I enjoyed listening to it most when I was cooking in the evenings. 2y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel

A book for our times. Just started reading this and expected something more fantasy or dystopian but have been pleasantly surprised by the realism and the quality of both the writing and the ideas.

MargaretPinardAuthor Right?? Hard to pin down in a genre. So good. 2y
CaitlinR And as a Michigander, I found the setting fascinating. 2y
MariettaSG @CaitlinR I‘m just a little bit jealous. 😉 2y
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Revenge | Taslima Nasrin
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B is for Bangladesh. A great short translated novel by a female author on the revenge enacted by a woman whose husband changes suddenly and harshly after their marriage and her actions to regain her independence. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Revenge | Taslima Nasrin
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“What difference did it make to whom I was married?...A wife is like a buffalo...” The complexities of gender equality and marriage and religion and culture. “My body...to purchase power.” Props to her!

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Revenge | Taslima Nasrin
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Revenge | Taslima Nasrin

Some exploration of gaslighting in this text so far, dreadful how a husband can have the power of insisting a wife gets an abortion. So frightening but also strange how people can change so easily and readily. I‘m up to the part where I think the ‘revenge‘ is about to begin.

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Ruby Moonlight | Ali Cobby Eckermann
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A verse novel that shares the story of Ruby, an Aboriginal Australian whose whole tribe is slaughtered except for her, she then falls in love with a Scottish man. Quick but insightful text.

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Revenge | Taslima Nasrin

B is for Bangladesh, took me a while to find a work in translation by a female author from Bangladesh but now I have one and it is quite interesting regarding the terribly common and disappointingly worldwide problem of domestic difficulties.

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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Read as much as I could whilst in a library. Was moving in it‘s honesty of painful experiences. Only bailed because I couldn‘t get through the whole thing in the time I had. Some important truths, albeit presented transparently.

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Finally got to the point where this seemed repetitive and old theories dressed up in new phrases. ‘‘Twas thought provoking as a good reminder on the purpose of education.

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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Seems like quite a pleasant read but too little time in life.

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The Yield | Tara June Winch

I encouraged my husband to read this, pretty early on he described it as heavy, he reads Science Fiction and Fantasy as he finds them quick, easy and enjoyable - reading to escape - but he persisted with this book. As he just finished his shoulders slumped, stoical me asked ‘thoughts?‘ and he burst into tears. Powerful!!! Cathartic!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad

So far (almost half way through) this an enjoyable book, an interesting story that weaves together worlds, families and people, reminds me a little of Colleen McCullough in this manner. It‘s not literature and could have been cut down in parts, nonetheless it‘s suitably pleasant.

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Welcome to Story Club | Zo Norton Lodge, Ben Jenkins
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Great collection of stories mostly by Australian comedians but also journos etc. Only 3 or so stories that didn‘t grab me so worth a loan but not a purchase. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The funniest, cleverest and most entertaining part of this collection are those poems from Duffy‘s collection called The World‘s Wife (pub 1999). I‘m tempted to buy this collection of poems from the perspective of wives of famous mythic and historical heroes or female versions of the heroes themselves. If you only have time to read some of Duffy‘s poems read these, choose a famous historical male or female and see if she‘s written a poem for it.

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The Best Australian Essays 2016 | Geordie Williamson

The first ‘essay‘ in this collection did not strike me as an essay but the second disabused me of that, Alison Hay‘s The Bus Stop was a great creative essay on climate change. I‘m looking forward to understanding essay as a text type more through this collection.

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Mrs Midas, what a fabulous poem on the perils of desiring gold, desiring wealth above all things.

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The Yield | Tara June Winch

This text is fabulous, it builds and builds with a beautiful subtlety into a strong character of its own. Highly recommended! The variation in prose and description a sign of a masterful writer.

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The Yield | Tara June Winch

This text is building up for me, it fits really well with having read Dark Emu recently with the descriptions of fishing, cooking and life. It reads more like a history text through combining different experiences, language, culture and a modern narrative. Deep and beautiful learnings here.

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The Yield | Tara June Winch

I'm only about to chapter 8 and I am enjoying the movement from present to past, from August to Albert and the significance of the language learning is not lost but Im also in agreeable with @CarolynM at the moment. It's not quite grabbing me yet. Seems a bit thin but as I said only at chapter 8.

CarolynM I loved this one though, have you read it? 2y
MariettaSG Thanks @CarolynM haven't read it yet but is on my list. 2y
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Welcome to Story Club | Zo Norton Lodge, Ben Jenkins

Half way through and proving to be a wonderfully eclectic collection, definitely something in it for everyone.