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1984 by George Orwell
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1984 | George Orwell

Getting toward the end of this. Really enjoying it!

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1984 | George Orwell

What was happening was only the working-out of a process that had started years ago…. He had moved from thoughts to words, and now from words to actions. The last step was something that would happen in the Ministry of Love. He had accepted it. The end was contained in the beginning.

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1984 | George Orwell

She would not accept it as a law of nature that the individual is always defeated. In a way she realized that she herself was doomed, that sooner or later the Thought Police would catch her and kill her, but with another part of her mind she believed that it was somehow possible to construct a secret world in which you could live as you chose. All you needed was luck and cunning and boldness.

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But she was Sangoma. To live as her is to know that evil forces rise day and night to come for you. Or wronged spirits.

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1984 | George Orwell

Perhaps the rumors of vast underground conspiracies were true after all—perhaps the Brotherhood really existed! It was impossible, in spite of the endless arrests and confessions and executions, to be sure that the Brotherhood was not simply a myth. Some days he believed in it, some days not.

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I‘m rereading this, since book two comes out in a couple months, and it is so much better the second time.

Whereas before I didn‘t get into it until like two hundred pages in, this time I‘m finding it gripping, right from the jump.

It feels intense and extreme and all the characterizations are intriguing.

I know this series got picked up by HBO; I believe it‘s in development hell, but I‘m really hoping it gets made.

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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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I was into it pretty much the whole way through. This novel gives me Don DeLillo vibes, for sure. (I love DeLillo.) There are a lot of really good, cutting sentences.

I particularly liked one part where the narrator describes scenery as reminding her of “a big-dick postmodernist novel” lol. (And yeah, that reinforced the DeLillo idea.)

A little work on story, and this could‘ve been even better. Leilani is a monster writer though.

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The Autumn of the Patriarch | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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By far the best Márquez novel I've read. I love the writing in this one; such a bold choice with no paragraph breaks. It's heady stuff though, and can get confusing, but I do plan on rereading it. The thing is beautifully pulled off, and I have to say I did GET it even when I didn't technically get it.

Bravo, Márquez, for this triumph of a novel.

Cathythoughts Great review! I don‘t think I‘ve ever heard of this one 1mo
Taylor @Cathythoughts Thanks. I hadn‘t heard of it either! I guess it was his followup to “100 Years.” 1mo
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The Life | Carrie Fountain
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I was continuously moved by these tender, profound poems. I love how it homes (hones??) in on what can sometimes be considered mundane (although, it‘s mundanity that really makes up our lives, for the most part), and then makes big points out of it, the whole universe coming together within these thoughts about domesticity and childrearing, for something relatably cosmic.

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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani

You think you should get what you want, when you want it, and life doesn‘t work that way. Art doesn‘t work that way, and that‘s why you‘re not as good as you could be….

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Slade House | David Mitchell
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This book is pretty damn good, especially so if you're into the David Mitchell mythology he's constructed. If you know about that, and you like that, then this is actually a must-read.

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Slade House | David Mitchell

…the occult‘s like any religious order—or any bunch of extremists, come to that. It‘s all beer and sunshine and “We are your family” as long as you obey orders, but once you get your own ideas or start talking out of school, the knives come out.

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The Autumn of the Patriarch | Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I‘m about halfway through this, and it‘s by FAR the best Márquez novel I‘ve read (no I haven‘t read the super famous one).

I kind of…finally see what all the hype is about?

And I‘m thinking I‘m gonna read this one twice.

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I adored these small, well shaped poems about love in a variety of respects. I guess Pavlova is a huge-selling poet and…that makes sense. It‘s a fast read, a breezy read, but one you can also spend more time on and get more out of if you choose. I‘ve never read Rupi Kaur really but I think this is kind of what her stuff is like. I recommend this though; it‘s good for the heart. 💜

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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I would say this book is only so-so, except there were some genuinely riveting moments of tension, and I can‘t take that away from it. Most of these moments didn‘t come to much though, for me, unfortunately.

It also made me think about some cool stuff regarding characters/characterization, with much of this being tied into Shakespeare specifically. (I love Shakespeare.)

Awad is a cool writer, but I don‘t think I‘d read more of her work.

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A wonderful book. Profound, spiritual kind of (I think...), contemplative, and deeply serious, I found myself consistently moved as I went through the pages.

I bought this and read it years ago actually, but on a whim decided to reread it, since I still had it sitting around my place, and it caught my attention again. I'm glad I did.

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All's Well | Mona Awad

And now for a totally random book that the only reason I‘m reading it is ‘cause my godmother wants me to.

It‘s fine; it‘s not like I have a near-endless list of novels I want to read for myself.

(I‘m actually liking it pretty well so far (I‘m also a good ways through it). It‘s much better than most stuff I find myself reading because people lend it to me.)

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Memories of My Melancholy Whores | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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I liked this one actually.

It‘s not as problematic as the title would indicate (or maybe it is problematic since the whole premise is about a ninety year old kind of getting with a…well I‘m not gonna get into that…).

But seriously, for the most part this book is acceptable…I think…or everyone is acting like it‘s acceptable because it‘s Márquez or…

I am so confused now!

In fact, thinking about all this just derailed my whole review, but okay.

Texreader 😂😂😂 3mo
BarbaraBB I love it when a book does that! 3mo
Dvd I love this book. It is wonderful to be challenged by the thoughts of the author.
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Taylor @Dvd True. 2mo
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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell
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I read this twice, back to back. I really admire what David Mitchell does; the way his books are so well thought out, and how things tie together. This novel got a lot better in my head as I reread it. It was far more emotional, I understood what the author was attempting to do…my appreciation for it grew and grew.

At first I wasn‘t sure how many more of Mitchell‘s books I‘d read; now I must admit I‘m itching to touch some others.

JLaurenceCohen I did the same thing! You should definitely read Slade House 3mo
Taylor @JLaurenceCohen Ummm okay I will 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one too. I havnt read any others though 3mo
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Thank you, terror!

You learned early that adults‘ genteel
fantasies about human life

were not, for you, life. You think sex

is a knife
driven into you to teach you that.

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Less a book of plot, and more a novel of ideas and emotions, and unfortunately for me these were not, most of them, ideas and emotions I was interested in.

And that‘s basically what it comes down to….

There‘s lots of long sections where nothing is happening but descriptions of stuff that happened (tons of this being all the women the protagonist sleeps with), and I could not stay engaged.

I was THRILLED when it was finally over.

SamAnne Wasn‘t a fan either. 3mo
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Permanent VOLTA | Rosie Stockton
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Really cool collection dealing with queerness, capital, modernity, and filled with uncommon words.

The book feels very futuristic, as it delves into our current world of data and social media and the internet in general.

A couple poems at the end left me hollow, but everything preceding that has me fired up.

I read it twice, and also read a bunch of stuff about the author online. I love reading interviews following reading the book.

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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell

Well, things have been weird for me with reading lately…. I finished The Bone Clocks, and that same day turned back to the first page and started rereading it. Thing is, this is such a long book, and I‘ve already been reading it for a while and now I‘m right back at the middle, but I am loving it still.

There‘s a LOT of other stuff I want to get to though, hot books everyone is chatting about, so after this I have to chill on David Mitchell.

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Permanent VOLTA | Rosie Stockton
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let‘s kill our authors
I love you centuries away won‘t you let me
I‘ll be your cathartic underdog
you with your raunchier than thou attitude

🔥

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Moreover, Hildebranda had a universal conception of love, and she believed that whatever happened to one love affected all other loves throughout the world.

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Guess what? I have a freakin‘ book out. It‘s with a small (very small) press, but it‘s a big deal to me—has taken forever to convince someone to publish one of my novels.

If you at all enjoy my writing on here, that would be awesome and so much appreciated if you could buy my book. And it‘d be even awesomer to give it a read and leave it stars on either Amazon or Goodreads.

Link here and link in my bio:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FS59236#

Taylor Clearly it‘s not available for search on Litsy, or I would‘ve made this post with it. Also, either way, whether you buy the novel or not, thanks a ton. I love this app and the whole community on here so, yeah…not to get all mushy. (edited) 4mo
Taylor (I also wanted to add: actually I consider this a “social document” more than a novel; but for marketing purposes and to be tolerable to this guy publishing me…you know….) 4mo
Reggie Congrats!!! 4mo
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Taylor @Reggie thank you! 4mo
Billypar That's awesome - congratulations! 4mo
Taylor @Billypar Thank you! I appreciate it. 4mo
Anchobi413 That‘s amazing, Congratulations! 🎉Would it ever come out as a kindle version? 4mo
Taylor @Anchobi413 Thank you! Sadly it won‘t come out on ebook because the guy who published it doesn‘t do that. I know it‘s kinda expensive but that‘d be awesome if you could buy it, but either way thank you for your interest! 💜 4mo
Anchobi413 No worries, I understand! I don't live in the US anymore and the country I'm at right now doesn't offer Amazon service (ah I'm still finding that hard to believe.. but the reason behind my obsession with kindle😅) It will definitely be on my to-buy list! 4mo
Taylor @Anchobi413 Cool! And one day I‘ll have a book out that‘s available on Kindle like, you know, almost every book is. 😂 4mo
Anchobi413 Can‘t wait! ☺️ 4mo
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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It‘s funny how you can be reading a section, like just a long paragraph, and all of a sudden dive in and take a great liking to it, even though it could be nothing but description, for example.

It‘s interesting to me because so much of the time it‘s just based on your mood at that particular moment. Then I‘ll decide I really like it for, it seems, barely any reason.

Anyway, just thought I‘d pop in to say that.

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A phenomenal dive into the life of the minds of two artists working their asses off for cultural and artistic progression, freedom, and journeying. The whole book is enlightening, constantly keeping me thrilled with intellectual leaps and feints, twists into unknown, uncertain territory, with the willingness to be exploratory and open-ended and constantly interested making a big impact on me.

I'm so glad I read this!

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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell

For most of my life, the world shrank and technology progressed; this was the natural order of things. Few of us clocked on that “the natural order of things” is entirely man-made, and that a world that kept expanding as technology regressed was not only possible but waiting in the wings.

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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell

K I‘m gonna go ahead and compare this book to Marlon James‘ “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.” Yes, it‘s good. No it‘s not fantastic. The only reason I never left a review on here for James‘ fantasy epic is because I felt I didn‘t fully grasp some storyline elements and it could do with a reread. I‘m feeling the same about “The Bone Clocks.” I have the kind of neurotic trait where I‘ll reread a book if I didn‘t feel like I fully got it…. No idea why.

SamAnne Agree with the Marlon James novel. But I‘m not sure I could ha due reliving all the violence in it for a second read. 5mo
Taylor @SamAnne Yeah, I actually forgot how violent it is. Violence doesn‘t bug me at all for some reason; I cannot watch horror movies though. 5mo
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The art in this is so mature, if that makes sense. Feels really adult…and serious. Like I‘m reading a comic with more gravity and worth than usual. I get a lot out of these Earth One books; they‘re kind of in another league.

Also, props to this book for having the hardest cover ever.

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We‘re all limited by what we can know and what we‘re able to feel. And by our language.

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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell

A drone circled above us. It would be armed. I thought of its operator, picturing a crewcut nineteen-year-old called Ryan at a base in Dallas, sucking an ice-cold Frappuccino through a straw. He could open fire on the clinic, kill everyone in and near it, and never smell the cooked meat.

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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell

I consider airing my theory that our culture‘s coping strategy towards death is to bury it under consumerism and Samsara, that the Riverside Villas of the world are screens that enable this self-deception, and that the elderly ARE guilty: guilty of proving to us that our willful myopia about death is exactly that.

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Here we go, with the first Márquez I've read actually.

It‘s pretty good...and I can't wait to dig into his work further...and I do have a feeling I‘m going to like some of the others much more.

He has an entrancing writing style; I feel like I can sense Faulkner in it heavy (I love Faulkner!), but not sure.

It‘s a very airy yet “clean” way of writing. He doesn‘t dilly dally with it though, and all the sentences and assertions seem to matter.

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold | Gabriel Garcia Marquez

But most of those who could have done something to prevent the crime and did not consoled themselves with the pretext that affairs of honor are sacred monopolies, giving access only to those who are part of the drama.

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The Lover | Marguerite Duras
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Languorous, erotic, philosophical, sweet—if you like authors like Rachel Cusk and are open to older literature, this is for you.

Duras takes us through an array of emotions and sensibilities, sometimes dangerous and dark, other times lovely and tender. Such variety was one of my favorite aspects. It‘s also a very short novel, one you could read in a day if you wanted.

Oh yeah and an absolutely killer opening page.

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Okay, I did it—some of you may remember how much I admired “Cloud Atlas,” so I kept going with David Mitchell.

And I‘m glad I did.

There‘s big Charles Dickens vibes on this one. The guy is a beast writer, with full facility and mastery on display. Is it “show-offy”? Yeah. Maybe. I don‘t care. Doesn‘t bother me at all.

This novel also gets delightfully dark, in a type of way I really dig, and which I was the furthest thing from expecting.

SamAnne I absolutely loved Cloud Atlas, Utopia Avenue less so. But I really want to read his other novels. 6mo
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Writing is the most abstract art of all—not so much because language is less sensuous than paint or music, but because the everyday use of language gets us in the killing habit that Hegel talks about. We immediately replace the word by the concept, and the sentence by its meaning. As soon as we‘ve understood, the words are annulled, forgotten.

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As I begin working, far from having an “epiphany” to express, I have only a vague nucleus of energy running to words. As soon as I start LISTENING to the words, they reveal their own vectors and affinities, pull the poem into their own field of force, often in unforeseen directions, away from the semantic charge of the original impulse.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I expected a cute novel about working and maybe some angst, or funny observations; what I did not expect was a scathing manifesto about neurodiversity, atypical sexuality, and the stress of being constantly observed and under societal pressures.

A hugely moving presentation of these subjects, with so many crucial issues masterfully woven into one seemingly small situation.

monalyisha Excellent review! 5mo
Taylor @monalyisha Thanks! 5mo
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Indelicacy | Amina Cain
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One of my favorite novels I‘ve ever read, modern or old. It‘s so original in tone and feeling that it hurts. I couldn‘t get enough of the voice; I could never tell what was coming next, and was left mystified half the time, but loving it.

The length too! I adore its brevity; it‘s the perfect length. It‘s like Rachel Cusk but better. I highly recommend.

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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell
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Magnificent. I spent a lot of time with this; read some of the sections twice, because they‘re all split up, to keep the threads going in my head (this made it much better than plowing on through).

I was stunned when I went back and read my old review for this, and how I only gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Now it‘s a solid 5 for me.

Obviously it connected differently for me this time around, the themes far more powerful than I recall.

Cathythoughts My husband is about to start this one .. I must read him your review 👍🏻 (edited) 7mo
Taylor @Cathythoughts Yeah there are very strong messages and themes running through it. 7mo
SamAnne I loved this one! 7mo
Taylor @SamAnne Yeah it feels like a classic. 7mo
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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

Was he so sure another war was coming?

“Another war is ALWAYS coming, Robert. They are never properly extinguished. What sparks wars? The will to power, the backbone of human nature. The threat of violence, the fear of violence, or actual violence is the instrument of this dreadful will. You can see the will to power in bedrooms, kitchens, factories, unions, and the borders of states….”

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Superman: Earth One, Volume 2 | J. Michael Straczynski
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Been reading a lot of comics lately. I like DC. With this Earth One series, it‘s the regular (but iconic) characters, but you don‘t have to know anything going into it, because it takes place on an earth separate from any other storylines, which makes it easy to get involved.

They‘re graphic novels basically—long-ass books—and I‘m pretty sure geared more for adults. So it‘s kinda like “Watchmen” but with Superman, etc. I‘m loving it.

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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

I und‘standed why Meronym‘d not said the hole true ‘bout Prescience Isle an‘ her tribe too. People b‘lief the world is built SO an‘ tellin ‘em it ain‘t SO caves the roofs on their heads‘n‘maybe yours.

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Sho | Douglas Kearney
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Words of all sorts zinging in every direction, poetry of the voice and of the gut, of the brain and of drama, and play, and imagery and stereotypes and deep frustration, this collection is profound, agonized, comical, just, so wide-ranging. Kearney should be a staple for anyone interested in how language is being pushed in the twenty-first century.

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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

To enslave an individual troubles your consciences, Archivist, but to enslave a clone is no more troubling than owning the latest six-wheeler ford, ethically. Because you cannot discern our differences, you believe we have none. But make no mistake even same-stem fabricants cultured in the same womb tank are as singular as snowflakes.

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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

The corporations have money, power, and influence. Our sole weapon is public outrage. Outrage blocked the Yuccan Dam, ousted Nixon, and in part, terminated the monstrosities in Vietnam. But outrage is unwieldy to manufacture and handle.

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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

I was planning to rewatch this movie for the first time since it came out in theaters....

I remember it had a huge impact on me then. I had read the book before seeing it, and it also had a huge impact on me; I loved it, and have held it in high regard since.

And now I have an itch to reread the novel before I rewatch the movie—mostly to see if I still find it as good as I recall.

So far, it is. Mitchell is a virtuoso writer. Unreal prose.

Cathythoughts I love Bone Clocks , but I bailed on Cloud Atlas..... maybe I need to try again 👍🏻 8mo
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