NYRB Classics Reading Society meeting no.8 - Skylark
I think I‘m the only one who gave this book 4⭐️ 😅 The rest would love to see more exciting plots in the book. Alas, this book is not the vavavoom kind
4⭐️ Skylark was gone for a week. Her parents felt lost - how could they live without her? Well, they could! They went to the opera, enjoyed the wonderful food at the restaurant, socialized with the town‘s people, and even gambled for fun. And then Skylark‘s back, and their lives were back to ‘normal‘.
This book is solemn and quiet; reading it feels like people-watching in the old Hungarian society. The year was 1899. #NYRBClassics
I read two books by Hiromi Kawakami, and was disappointed twice by the awful translation works. This book looks cute, though. Should I just ignore my past experiences? 😆😅 #asuckerforcutebookcovers
TGIF, dearest Littens! Friday means I can get comfy in my jeans and flats. Skylark was my commute buddy this morning. I‘m about 50 pages in, and it‘s enjoyable so far. #NYRBClassics
2⭐️ I‘m conflicted about this novel. The writing is beautiful; but I feel like someone simply offloaded random ramblings about her past. Not my favorite, sadly 😓
5⭐️ I was not close to my Grandma, so it‘s very heartwarming to get the feel of Sophia‘s interaction with her grandmother. The story is compact; but it covers everything about nature, life, death, and human emotions.
“There were little animals everywhere. They could turn up between the covers of a book, flattened and dead, for the fact is that creeping animals, tattered animals, and dead animals are with us all our lives, from beginning to end.”
My heart hurts for Judith Hearne. She is lonely and desperate. Single in her 40s, she‘s been longing for a man‘s love; she often toys with the imagination of what life would be with a darling by her side. Alas, there‘s no prince willing to salvage her. She doesn‘t have true friends, so she turns to alcohols for comforts. When things get worse, there‘s no explicit guidance from her God, either. Argh!! Poor Judy 😢😭
Currently reading 😍 #spinsterlit
Is it too ambitious to bring all of these beauties with me to Bali for the Easter weekend? 😆🙈 I have a serious problem!
Wow! How glad I am to discover Richard Stern. His skillful writing made this book totally enjoyable. I love the funky words that he used, the smart metaphors, and those sentences that made me stop and read again... Oh! It‘s simply wonderful 😍
NYRB Classics Reading Society - Meeting no. 7
We all loved this book. Enjoyable read, effortless prose, and balance in characters 👌🏻
Off to Hong Kong for biz trip. Still not done with this book. Richard Stern‘s descriptive writing is so captivating it deserves attention
My reading has slowed down a lot in 2019, but I am not complaining 😆 I‘m currently working through my NYRBs, and hoping to read those books that I abandoned in 2018.
How‘s your reading experience so far this year, dear Littens?
It took one manipulative, passive-aggressive bitch to open the eyes of one naive teenager, for him to understand the concept of hypocrisy 😅 Another 5⭐️ read
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there,” said L.P. Hartley in his opening for The Go-Between. No matter how hard we try not to live in the past, it shaped who we are and how we live in the present. Szabo‘s characters are so in love with each other; & as we know, those who love us the most hurt us the deepest. The pain stays forever, & moving on is an impossible, uphill task. Another excellent read from Szabo! 5⭐️
Omgawwwddd this book is making me cry 😭💔 I can‘t stop; it‘s so good!!! Magda Szabo is really good. I loved The Door; and this too, is going to be another 5 ⭐️ read for me
Walter Kempowski‘s personal library, ladies & gents 😍
I‘m still having a book hangover, so am now sweeping the internet for anything Kempowski
Image is from Reinhard Simon website
NYRB Classics Reading Society - Meeting no.6
What I love about this book is how Kempowski presented this wartime story in such a natural way; it‘s our nature to be in survival mode when we face such hardship. Is a person a saint when s/he helps others? Is one an evil to take advantage of others, or less an evil when it‘s for his/her own survival? The story is a wonderful depiction of how the average Germans viewed things during WWII ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I still have 150 pages left and the bookclub meeting is tomorrow 😱
I‘ve enjoyed the story so far. People in and out the Georgenhof, all are nervous about their fates in wartime Germany. This is going to be a 5-stars read for me 🤩
Japanese homework vs Kempowski
I rarely touch books about love. They make me cringe and roll my eyes incessantly. I did the same with this novella. It reminds me of THE break-up with my ex. It was hard to let go (because what if I hurt him so much?), and when I decided to let go, he went nuts that he started stalking me. Yikes! Alfred Hayes wonderfully packed the longing and the sadness in just 130 pages. Don‘t mind my eye-rolling moments; it‘s one beautiful book.
“Two wandering creatures, set apart on the surface of the globe, lost in the thousand identical streets of a city like New York. And fate brings them together. And just a few hours later, they were so tightly bound to each other that the idea of ever being apart again is intolerable to them. Wasn‘t it a miracle?” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Currently reading... Because I miss NYC soooo much 😌
I was expecting a Russian novel, but this book is a compilation of works of journalism on Russia post the revolution. The usual names-dropping (typical!) pushed me to Google the Russian who‘s who. It‘s quite a heavy read with a lot of philosophical talks, especially on religion and death. The translation work is excellent👍🏻; NYRB has never failed me on this!
Awwww I love this story 🥰 So much love, so heartwarming... LGBT may still be a tough topic to speak openly in Japan, so I‘m pleasantly surprised that this graphic novel touches on this issue with comprehensive subtlety 🌈💜