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Joined January 2017

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Love After Love: A Novel | Ingrid Persaud
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#readaroundtheworld #trinidad&tobago Thanks to @sprainedbrain I found this beginning book for 2022 readaroundtheworld. Up until then my reading had been slow slow. This was a rich world of relationships in a found family. I also could not help but cry.

rockpools I paused this to read some library books that came in, but I‘m looking forward to getting back to it- It‘s a lovely read. 2d
sprainedbrain ❤️ 1d
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Too Loud a Solitude | Bohumil Hrabal
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#czechrepublic A sad and amusing devotional to the love of the written word, Hantá has been compacting waste paper and rescuing select literary and artistic treasures from the compactor, for 35 years. “Not until we are totally crushed do we show what we are made of”. An excellent way for this reader to celebrate the start of the new year.

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The Kappillan of Malta | Nicholas Monsarrat
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#readaroundtheworld #malta A rather old fashioned tale of a parish priest serving the poor on Malta during WWII. He struggles with his faith while caring for a resilient people being crushed by the Italian/German siege against the Bristish base there. Speaking to them about the island‘s varied history of wars and sieges from the Phoenicians, Romans, and Turks up to the horrors of aerial bombing, I learned a huge amount about Malta history. ⬇️

Currey I marked it a PICK for read around the world although only so-so from a literature point of view. @Simona @rockpools @BookwormM 1mo
BookwormM Learning is always good 👍 1mo
Simona I finished Jutta Heim by Immanuel Mifsud and it was interesting story about lost love, well more obsession than love, mixed with political changes in Malta. It was so-so read for me also. 1mo
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The Fisherman King | Kathrina Mohd Daud
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#readaroundtheworld #brunei Two interwoven stories, one 6 generations in the past or 6 generations in the future about Nabau - a terrifying snake god and it‘s relationship with the divine kings of Brunei. The second story takes place in more modern times and seems less about good and evil and more about desire, obsession and belonging. As the two stories become one, the frightening fairy tale quality of the first takes over the second.

Currey @Simona @rockpools @TorieStorieS @sprainedbrain @BookwormM I knew nothing about Brunei and in many ways this story is about how the Islamic faith took over the Hindu gods. Ultimately I didn‘t think the two stories were of equal weight. The main character in the modern tale had very confusing motivations that were not quite worked out. I almost rated it so-so but I did learn about Brunei so I finally rated it a pick. 2mo
rockpools Hmmm. 🤔 I‘m kind of looking forward to trying this one. And I know NOTHING about Brunei! 2mo
BookwormM This is my choice as well looking forward to it 2mo
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The Ultimate Tragedy | Abdulai Sila
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#readaroundtheworld An interesting although somewhat uneven collage of a young woman ostracized from her village, a chef attempting to break the power of the white colonial administrators and a teacher. Their stories are told with separate focus but they do overlap. The book illuminates the individual struggles under colonial powers when existing cultures are fragmented. Rather a modern telling.

BookwormM I am reading this at the moment just got to the Chief section 3mo
rockpools I‘ve started this one as well… but I‘m not sure when I‘ll get the chance to pick it up again. Glad you enjoyed it. 3mo
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Anos Ku Ta Manda | Yasmina Nuny
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A book of poetry by feminist poet Yasmina Nuny who was born in Portugal but raised in Africa. She has called herself a Guinea-Bissau poet. The rhythms of the poems call out for reading aloud. The spoken word sings of her experience as a woman in this world. A quick read for #readaroundtheworld #guinea-bissau

rockpools Wow - nice find! 3mo
BookwormM Well done I couldn‘t get hold of this one 3mo
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The House of Mirth | Edith Wharton
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I just picked up The Limited Editions Club edition of The House of Mirth from my local library. It comes in a box with a very elaborate cover and many color plates. It is number 1384. I am almost afraid to touch it. #whartonbuddyread

Cathythoughts That‘s gorgeous 💫 I must get out my copy too 👍🏻 (edited) 4mo
Simona Looks beautiful❣️ 4mo
Graywacke Cool! 4mo
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#readaroundtheworld #sanmarino San Marino? James Bent, an amusing English archeologist, gives those of us attempting to read something from every country in the world, a book to learn about this rocky stronghold of democracy. Although written when historical writing was largely a long list of names and dates, nevertheless there are moments when it is quite readable with stories of evil popes, plotting usurpers of power and a benign Napoleon.

rockpools Sometimes‘quite readable‘ is as good as it gets! I‘m quite enjoying it so far. 4mo
BookwormM @rockpools @Currey I still have to pick this up 4mo
rockpools @BookwormM I‘d been dreading it tbh - so pleasantly surprised at quite readable! 4mo
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Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
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@Graywacke @Lcsmcat I read this in three days because I simply could not put it down. Seeing the Sand Hills, the Cliff Dwellings, Chicago, and The Met while watching Thea with her faults and fissures, grow into her artistic passions, was such a joy. So different from Wharton‘s Odo. With many more Cather to go, this, Death Comes and My Mortal Enemy are my favorites so far. I have found all your comments from the buddy read. Thank you

Lcsmcat I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying the rest of Cather‘s work. This one is a favorite. 5mo
Graywacke Such a nice comment to read and so happy you enjoyed. The cliff dwelling part especially struck me here. 5mo
CarolynM Cather is wonderful. Glad you're enjoying. 5mo
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I loved this multi-layered story about a brilliant young girl, Gifty, born in Ghana and raised in Alabama. It is a story about addiction, grief, loneliness and mental illness but the writing is so pure and clear that I did not get tangled in the horrors but rather fully engaged in Gifty‘s life and her search for answers from both God and Science. I thought at first the ending was too pat but upon reflection it was the perfect ray of light.

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American visa | Juan Recacoechea S.
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#readaroundtheworld #bolivia Not a stunning intro to SouthAmerican lit but I did get a interesting tour of La Paz dives, bars and bordellos as the MC always lets the reader know what street he is on. I also learned some history. Did you know Bolivia lost their Pacific ports to Chile in a war? The character interaction was not bad but the narrative and plot were pretty pedestrian. 👟 👟

rockpools Ha! I‘m reading another by the same author & can‘t decide whether i love it or it‘s driving me nuts. Probably for similar reasons to you - I‘m really enjoying travelling through 1950s Bolivia by train though… 6mo
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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Take one completely unreliable author narrator who is on a book tour, and mix with alcohol, painful memories of growing up black in NC, irritatingly silly satire and heart breaking moments of racial injustice, and you get this small cyclone of a book. The humor/pathos balance did not always work for me. I found the love story annoying. However, it gets an A+ for unique presentation, nimble writing and final delivery.

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The Parade | Dave Eggers
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Tight, clipped, allegorical tale set in the aftermath of civil war in an unnamed country. Two men are sent to pave a road that will unite the nation. The two are polar opposites and represent two different approaches to both their job and to life itself. Eggers manages to build tension and reframe post colonial struggles but he does leave many a question unanswered. Nevertheless definitely a pick.

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Sangre Dulce / Sweet Blood | Giovanna Rivero
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#readaroundtheworld #Bolivia I am having trouble finding anything translated into English for Bolivia. What are you going to read? Sangre Dulce was recommended but it is short stories. I would prefer a longer form if possible but it is at least available. Oh, also this little fellow was not so sweet - out in the rain without Momma today.

rockpools 👆🏻wow! I‘m a bit stumped this month I‘m afraid- I might go nonfiction again. I‘m really surprised - I thought Bolivia would be relatively straightforward! 6mo
rockpools If I went fiction, there are two crime books by Juan de Recacoechea that look quite good. Or Turing‘s Delirium, which sounds more out-there! 6mo
BookwormM I haven‘t even started looking really must 🤣🤣 6mo
Simona My pick is also … I have Slovenian translation, but I saw English translation on Scribd. 6mo
rockpools @BookwormM By the same author - this is 99p on kindle/kobo (UK) if anyone‘s still looking: 6mo
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Wife of the Gods: A Novel | Kwei J. Quartey
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#readaroundtheworld #ghana This police murder mystery provided me with a rich cultural background to Ghana. I learned about both urban and rural living there including the push and pull of traditional beliefs again modern western ones. The mystery was okay although many of the characters were a bit flat. However I loved all the names such as: Jesus Is Lord Chop House or My Savior Barber Shop, or In God We Trust Motors…

rockpools You‘re quick this month! I was considering reading a Kwei Quartey but our library system‘s down (still) so I can‘t even check what‘s out there ☹️ 7mo
Simona I started yesterday … and I‘m already heartbroken. 7mo
Currey @Simona Faceless looks to be a good book but a difficult read. 7mo
BookwormM Wow you are quick I am still recovering from the fact it is July already 🤣🤣 I will be reading 7mo
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With apologies to @rockpools this is a war story that takes place 60 years after the war. Narrative non-fiction that speaks to the need for closure for MIA families. I did get some Palau flavor such as it is a matrilineal society but largely the book read to me of two huge foreign nations fighting over and destroying a tiny island culture. #readaroundtheworld #palau

rockpools That sounds very sad, on lots of levels Love the photo, though. 8mo
Simona I was hoping to read this book, but sounds too sad for me now ... so I guess I‘m stuck with my original pick 8mo
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Bahrain | United States. Embassy (Bahrain), United States. International Trade Administration
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#Bahrain #ReadAroundtheWorld I actually read Who Shot Ahmed? by Elizabeth Dickinson which is a well reported investigation into the circumstances surrounding the unsuccessful Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain. It is only 127 pages and available on Kindle. It clearly describes the Sunni / Shi‘ite split and historical background within the context of one young man‘s death. I am looking to read another book from Bahrain if I can find one.

BarbaraBB Yours sounds way better than mine! 8mo
TrishB This sounds really interesting 👍🏻 8mo
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Grace: Potiki | Patricia Grace
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#readaroundtheworld #newzealand A people of the land and sea narrate stories about their place in this world as if sharing around a fire. Thru the repetition and overlap of multiple voices we learn a dark and sad tale of fighting against the development of their land, and the struggle not to lose their young to anger and fear. I enjoyed being with these characters. As Grace writes from within her Maori culture, I was only a brief visitor.

Reggie I loved this book! 9mo
rockpools Lovely review. 9mo
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The Colour: A Novel | Rose Tremain
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#readaroundtheworld #newzealand Taking place during the 1860‘s gold rush in NZ, this story is an unfolding of relationships with each other, with the land and of course with the gold. The Maori character Pare, is the least well drawn but the colonists are nuanced. Well worth the read. Picture is from the Otago gold fields at that time. Brutal conditions with rats and greed fighting it out.

rockpools This has such mixed reviews! I‘m looking forward to seeing how you get on with Patricia Grace - she‘s gone onto my ‘to read when the library‘s fully functioning‘ list. 9mo
Currey @rockpools Yes, it has a strange tempo and the Maori “magical realism” doesn‘t seem authentic but overall I did enjoy it. It really put me into the historical times. I am about half way through Potiki and loving it. 9mo
rockpools @Currey Huh. I REALLY didn‘t see magical realism coming! But I‘ll keep an eye out for your review of Potiki. 9mo
BookwormM I enjoyed this one 9mo
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Nada | Carmen Laforet
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#Readaroundtheworld #Spain Published when the author was 23, this coming of age story turns around a family damaged by the Spanish civil war. Their dysfunction and descent into violence, manipulation, penury and gnawing hunger reflects the fracture of all of Spain at that time.

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#palestine #Readaroundtheworld So much pain in this multigenerational story of a people torn from their land and from the arms of those that they love. I learned so much from this very personal perspective on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

Cathythoughts Such a good book. ❤️💔 11mo
Simona Sounds interesting! I finished .... but I‘m still not sure if I liked it or not 🤷‍♀️ 11mo
BarbaraBB @Simona Looking forward to your review of that one. As I said earlier I loved it but I was 18 when I read it!
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O Pioneers! | Willa Sibert Cather
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#catherbuddyread Going back and catching up while reading Collected Stories. The collected stories I have read so far are still under Jamesian influence while O Pioneers is free and was wonderful

Graywacke Free and wonderful is a good phrase for this. 12mo
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#turkey #istanbul Not sure how I missed reading this 2019 Booker short listed book about the strength of friendship when one‘s family turns their backs. Although I did not love the ending, the first part of the book with the introductions to all the characters and to that messy, wonderful city of Istanbul, I thought was wonderful.

BookwormM I loved this 12mo
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O Pioneers! | Willa Cather
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#catherbuddyread Starting in on my catch up with Cather. How to do it without my buddy read partners? I guess I will try to go back and reread their posts.

Lcsmcat Oh, you‘re in for a treat! 12mo
batsy I loved this. Enjoy! 12mo
Graywacke Enjoy! I adore Alexandra. (Thinking a hashtag for each book might have been helpful now...) 12mo
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80,000 indigenous people forcibly removed from their homes and made to travel to new land west of the Mississippi, dying from exhaustion, starvation and exposure to freezing weather on the way. The ones left behind hunted and killed or herded like animals. All to turn their black prairie bottom land into cotton plantations and slave labor camps. Told in such detail that the bureaucratic mess, the diseases, the greed feels present tense not past.

Cinfhen Powerful review. Thanks for sharing 13mo
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The Girl Who Fell to Earth | Sophia Al-Maria
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#readaroundtheworld #Qatar A memoir from a woman uniquely half American and half Bedouin at a time when those two worlds had absolutely no knowledge of each other. Her coming of age story is told in a simple and straightforward fashion; while giving the reader insights into the vast changes the Bedouin culture faced as they transitioned from nomadic herding and trading to working on oil rigs and watching American TV shows.

BarbaraBB Thanks for tagging me. This seems a great choice for #Qatar in #ReadingAsia2021! 13mo
BookwormM Sounds good I haven‘t started mine yet eeek 13mo
rockpools That sounds fascinating! 13mo
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Love from A to Z | S. K. Ali
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#readaroundtheworld #Qatar Well, I am not a lover of YA. I actually think for the right audience that this story of a young Muslim woman finding a way to channel her anger into effective action and of a young man confronting his vulnerability, would be good reading. Plus it is a love story. Not for me though. However, what I learned about Qatar is that Doha is the capital and that young adults there text each other and go to the mall. Who knew?

BarbaraBB You did find a book for Qatar though! I might borrow this title for #ReadingAsia2021! 13mo
Currey @BarbaraBB You may want to check out another Qatar book I found 13mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! That one sounds maybe better than your YA about kids texting and dating in malls 😃😃 13mo
rockpools Ah boo. How disappointing! I do like your pictures though 😊 13mo
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Come Together, Fall Apart | Cristina Henrquez
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#readingaroundtheworld #panama A rather intimate and allegorical collection of short stories and one novella sharing insights into father/daughter and mother/daughter relationships. Panama gives the stories some background. I also read Tailor of Panama which was more a tongue in cheek drawing of John Le Carré‘s British secret service than Panama although it did give me insights into Noriega and the subsequent political environment of Panama.

BookwormM I have yet to start this I am behind this month 1y
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Jamilia | Chingiz A?tmatov
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A short novella from an author from Kyrgyzstan regarding the unpredictable nature of love. Without being sentimental, this sweet romance sang a song of the heart, which we could all use a little of right now.

Texreader This is so awesome! There‘s going to be a #readingasia2021 challenge and this‘ll work for #Kyrgyzstan @librarybelle @BarbaraBB 1y
Librarybelle @Texreader Oh! This would most definitely work perfectly! Nice review, @Currey ! 1y
BarbaraBB Great review. I can definitely use some feel good romance! Thanks for the tag @Texreader , I now have my Kyrgyzstan read 😀 1y
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#readaroundtheworld #northkorea A straightforward but nevertheless compelling story about a young women‘s struggles to make her way to safety after leaving North Korea. The author was not a political refugee but a naive teenager who got caught in a number of bad decisions, not unlike many teenagers. The repercussions, however, of being from an oppressive regime and the treatment of refugees in China and elsewhere turned this into a thriller👇

Currey I learned a great deal about North Korea and about the treatment of refugees worldwide. 1y
BookwormM 👍still waiting for my copy to arrive at the library 1y
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The Expats: A Novel | Chris Pavone
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#readaroundtheworld #luxembourg A cyber security spy novel that takes place in Luxembourg with a few too many plot twists and not enough character development. However, I did learn that Luxembourg is a Grand Duchy. It is one of the administrative capitals of the EU and foreigners make up about half of the population. A tiny country with universal health care and free higher education. Banking is the largest industry.

rockpools Oh, that‘s disappointing! 1y
BookwormM You appear to be doing my fact finding job for me 🤣🤣 1y
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The Pleasure of Drowning | Jean Bu?rlesk
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#readaroundtheworld #Luxembourg A delightful little collection of tall tales, legends and fairy tales as told through the imagination of a Luxembourg tour guide and author. I thought that Beauty and the Beast was particularly well done.

rockpools Oh good- so glad you enjoyed it! I think I‘d have appreciated Beauty and the Beast better if I actually knew the story, which I‘ve just discovered I don‘t really. 1y
Currey @rockpools Yes, the Disney version does not reflect the original. 1y
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Worthy historical fiction with new learnings for me regarding freed slaves searching for the families they had been stolen or sold away from. Wingates‘s two story line formula worked for me. The ending of the modern storyline was a touch forced but overall I enjoyed it.

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#readaroundtheworld #Gambia The book drops you into the middle of President Yahya Jamme‘s reign as dictator in Gambia. The author quotes “knowledgeable sources” but can not name them, so the reader is left with a strange sense that what you are reading is true but not verifiable. However, one is given a good picture of the horrors of living in a country without law, due process or free press. For actual history one should look elsewhere.

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The Sun Will Soon Shine | Sally Singhateh
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#readaroundtheworld #thegambia Written in a straight forward manner, the story starts with the exact same conditions as Do They Hear You When You Cry, the book I read for Togo. Our narrator has lost her father and her uncle decides to marry her off to a rich, older man with three other wives. To please her husband, she must under go female genital excision. The devastation of realizing this is a “common” story overrode the actual book.

Currey @sprainedbrain @rockpools @BookishTrish @Simona @BookwormM I did learn a great deal about The Gambia however. The country is completely surrounded by Senegal, it is largely Muslim, the majority of the population is under the age of 30 and they put peanuts in everything as it is their main crop for both domestic use and export 1y
BookwormM Good that it taught you a lot bad you didn‘t enjoy it 1y
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Everything Inside | Edwidge Danticat
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Danticat‘s writing is direct and the stories contained in this collection peal back the layers of the heart. As the characters live in a world full of injustice, it isn‘t so much that their stories end with twists, more that they take us to inevitable reveals. #hellosunshine #Haiti

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#readaroundtheworld #dominicanrepublic A sad soulful story of a Dominican diaspora family impacted by the terrors of Trujillo‘ reign. Equally a mash up of pop fantasy references from anime to games as the story focuses on Oscar, the desperate virgin nerd. Told in Caribbean street Spanish, erudite academic English, and Spanglish the work sings with counter rhythms and clashes of cultures. Other than the 2000 references to “puta”, I loved it.

rockpools Lovely review! And thank you - I have an audio copy but I haven‘t managed to get into it yet, and wasn‘t entirely sure if I wanted to. I‘ll keep going! 2y
sprainedbrain I really liked this book, too! 2y
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Cities of salt | ?Abd al-Ra?m?n Mun?f
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A tale on how the oil industry disrupted the 1000 year old caravan and Bedouin culture of the Arabian Peninsula. The Arab characters are well drawn but do not carry the story as they evolve and dissolve. The Americans are one character who are greedy, childish and of course not Islamic. The Arab leaders are not advocates for their worker‘s dignity or well being. The book was banned in Saudi Arabia. #readaroundtheworld #saudiarabia

rockpools How was the writing? Did you enjoy it or was it an effort to get through? I‘m very tempted by this one - just seen the local uni has a copy, so one day I might actually track it down. 2y
Currey The writing is slowly paced but quite beautiful. It flows very well but it is difficult to keep with it as the main characters change constantly. In a way, the main character is the working people as a whole. @RachelO (edited) 2y
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The Remainder | Alia Trabucco Zern
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Very modern Chilean version of a buddy adventure when three young people suffering under the incalculable debt of the past atrocities brought about by the Pinochet regime set out on the road. One of them is looking for the lost casket of her mother. The other two are in search of their own relationship to the uncounted deaths of the past. Plot and character development is not much but writing is wonderful. #Readaroundtheworld #chile

rockpools This sounds great! 2y
BookwormM I loved this one 2y
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I read both Allende‘s The House of the Spirits and this book for #readaroundtheworld #chile Both books are family saga‘s that take place during Salvador Allende‘s presidency and the following military coup. However the new book launches from the butchery of the Spanish Civil war. Allende‘s voice is quieter, the telling more methodical and instead of magical realism she displays the more astonishing magic of strong characters in brutal times.

Currey “She embellished the facts, because she was aware that life is how we tell it...” 2y
BarbaraBB I think it must have been interesting to see how her writing skills have developed or changed during the years. I loved The House with the Spirits, in the early 90s. I wonder how I‘d like Allende today. 2y
BookwormM Wow you are killing this I have yet to start my book 2y
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Currey @BarbaraBB Yes, and the books are incredibly similar in their timeframe and setting. Both have themes about how political polarization leads to extreme governments and the characters even share many characteristics. The “magic” is missing and the love stories are less about passion and more about companionship but writing style is quite recognizable 2y
BarbaraBB So interesting! Thanks! 2y
Nute Excellent review! 2y
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The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vsquez
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Not a thriller, but an historical investigation into two of Colombia‘s most notorious assassinations. The author plays the part of the MC caught in other people‘s obsessions around the machete hacking death of General Rafael Uribe Uribe in 1914 and the shooting death of Jorge Eliecer Gaitan in 1948. The book becomes a personal look at conspiracies and the way they give shape and order to the chaos of experience. #Readaroundtheworld #Colombia

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Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord | Louis de Bernieres
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What launches as a delightful love story with absurdist drug lords in the land of magical realism suddenly wrenches about 3/4‘s of the way through into graphic violence bringing the tragedy of the cocaine trade into sharp focus. I did not totally appreciate the huge amount of characters and the skimpy plot but the writing is lush and the book unique. #readaroundtheworld #colombia

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m glad you have toilet paper 🧻🙌🏻 2y
sprainedbrain Love this whole picture! 2y
rockpools Sounds good! 2y
BookwormM You are quick off the mark this month 👍👍 2y
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Girl: A Novel | Edna O'Brien
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I had an Edna O‘Brien reading fest here starting with her first book; The Country Girls, her memoir; The Country Girl and finishing up with; Girl her last book. The first two provided delightful insights into Ireland of the 1950‘s and all three give voice to women who had been stripped of all but silence and screams. Girl is the fictionalized story of one of the kidnapped school girls in Nigeria by the Boko Harem. #ReadAroundtheWorld #Ireland

charl08 I loved the memoir, especially her account of her childhood. I'd like to read more by her. 2y
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Brilliant brutal interplay between two aging dope smugglers waiting for the boat from Tangiers. I have never experienced dialogue so intimate with a dusting of dark humor and Irish angst. Overall book is a tapestry of marvelous language weave. I am off to find more by Barry.

vivastory I really liked 2y
Currey @vivastory I will look for that next then. Thx 🙏 2y
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Woodson‘s poetic eloquence held in check to give the solo voices of her half dozen characters room to sing. Revolving around Melody‘s coming of age ceremony, this story pulls in the Tulsa Massacre, the history of two different families and the tangle of strong and fragile roots of a relationship between a mother and her daughter. “Look at how the sun hits it now. All that gold on the yellow pine and me here at the window-an old lady remembering”

BarbaraBB Loved this book ❤️ 2y
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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#blackhistorymonth #readaroundtheworld #usa I swallowed this in one plane trip and it hit all the marks for me. Characters I have never met but believed in who changed over time, a rare glimpse at some of our ugly history, a punch to the gut, and my thoughts set free. Loved it more than Underground Railroad

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#Readaroundtheworld #usa #bookburning Those who still mourn the burning of the magnificent library in Alexandria will understand this short Bradbury that looks out from the 1950‘s to a future when words carry no truth and the public has damned anyone who owns a book. Probably somewhere around 2021. Our MC, the fireman, evolves from a 2 dimensional shadow character into someone who is able to grasp the nature of man‘s relationship to the arts

rockpools Ha! Great review. 2y
Aimeesue "Probably around 2021." Right? 2y
BookwormM I am at 30% it‘s just getting to the interesting bit the history of why books are burned 2y
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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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Unique underlying assumption in this story about the sense of smell being the strongest emotional trigger. I got a bit tired of the primary character Emmeline‘s voice but the author herself had some truly wonderful descriptive moments. The book ended before I wanted it to. We learn about why Emmeline is narrating the story but I really wanted to know what happened to Colette, Henry and Fisher. #hellosunshine

marleed I liked it too. But I agree, there was something in secondary character development missing. 2y
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Currey
Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Pickpick

This debut author opens with a relatively simple straight forward tale. The nuance is all in the decisions adults make when faced with cultural, economic and racial differences. The charm all comes from a delightful 3 year old well drawn, and the 2 main adult characters having a supportive girl gang that will stand up for them in the face of conflicting challenges. I was sorry for the ending‘s suggestion of the 3 year old‘s life #hellosunshine

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Currey
Ghost Month | Ed Lin
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Mehso-so

#readingaroundtheworld #Taiwan #nightmarket As a murder mystery it wasn‘t much, but as a flavor filled glimpse at the multi-layered gangster world, the different ethnic rivalries and the night markets of Taiwan it was quite enjoyable.

rockpools It sounds good! 2y
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