Goose-bump inducingly good. Could never have expected this to have both the depth and page-turn addictive qualities that it turned out to have - the best I have read in a long time.
Thank you so much @CBee. What a lovely surprise in my email. ð
Even though there weren‘t any concrete plot or strong characters, her skillful storytelling kept me going. All in all, I‘d say it‘s between a pick and so-so, leaning more towards a pick. If this is food, I‘d say it‘s very much an acquired taste. If you‘re one for dreamy, magical realism with vivid imagery and lyrical prose, you might enjoy this! I‘m excited to read her upcoming novel âInlandâ!
Full review: hookedonbookzblog.wordpress.com
I usually don‘t go for a lot of fiction books. This one was so vibrant. The storytelling from all different angles really took me for a ride.
#RunningAcrossThinIceWithTigers #WinterWonderland Not only is there a tiger, but it even runs across ice at one point. The tiger appears in one of two apparently true stories the main character's grandfather regales her with as she grows up: 'the tiger's wife' and 'the deathless man', stories she remembers after his death. Magnificent- one of my favorites of the year- all must read, or I will wake this sleeping tiger and send her after you ð¼
âPast the aviary where the sharp-eared owls sleep,â they would walk to the moat where tigers loped, their âstripe-lashed shoulders rolling.â There she would listen, rapt, as her grandfather spoke of a girl he once knew who was known as the âtiger‘s wife.â Grandfather always carried in his pocket a copy of the âJungle Bookâ. So many #wildbeasts ! But the strangest of all was the Tiger who loved a woman. #nofemmeber
Three lovelies from local charity shop...
âï¸âï¸: This was not goodâ a little all over the place and left me disconnected to the characters and the stories.
"We drove through red-roofed villages that clung to the lip of the sea, past churches and horse pastures, past steep plains bright with purple bellflowers, past sunlit waterfalls that thrust out of the sheer rock-face above the road."
In an unnamed Balkan country, Natalia and her grandfather share a story of history and legend. It‘s strange, but I think I enjoyed the experience.
#BackpackEurope: Serbia âï¸
(Tea Obreht was born in Belgrade.)
This is a hard oneâI wanted to love it but found myself mostly enjoying it while wishing it spoke to me more. The writing is exquisite & while it feels like the story meanders, it all comes together. The highlight, & what ultimately makes this a pick, are the chapters about the encounters between the main character‘s grandfather & the âdeathless manâ (plus 1 more but no spoilers). I loved those chapters. A good if not entirely satisfying read.
Being an Australian of Croatian Heritage, you'd think I'd have read a lot of books set in #Croatia & the Balkans, but this is all that comes to mind
Photo is of members of my family at the local Croatian Club during the recent World Cup. I was too lazy to leave my house in the middle of the night, so I watched the matches from home in my pjs ð
My older sis and her hubby and kids are on their way to Croatia right now, so #AugustIsATrip for them!
A novel. A fable. Magic? Superstition? This book is a wonderful work of art! Obreht moves seamlessly between reality and superstition. The story is richly developed and masterfully written. I often felt as if I were looking at a painting rather than reading text. There is movement in the story, but it is so steeped in beautifully crafted detail, that the ultimate sensation is visual. I really enjoyed this book.
Need another read to fully appreciate. Good read overall.
Another #lmpbc book ready to mail! This one has been on my radar for years and I am so glad I read it with all the interesting annotations from #groupc readers. @slategreyskies I will put this in the mail tomorrow or Tuesday!
This novel includes two coming of age stories, Natalia's and her grandfather's, both set in the war torn Balkan region. It blends fable and history that combine to describe a region strongly guided by suspicion, secrets, and superstition. I don't want to give any thing else away!
@Lissa00 this will be on its way to you Friday
@DarcysMom great choice
@slategreyskies looking forward to your selection
Friday night plans.
I still don‘t really know what to think of this book, but it‘s beautifully written. #allthebooksof2017
It fulfills O for #LitsyAtoZ and it‘s also a #bookclubread for next month. I might be out of town for the meeting, though, so I‘ll miss hearing what everyone else thought of it. ð
I haven't bailed on a book yet this year. Looking at reviews, people either love or hate this book. While I recognize the writing to be well done and it is a bit alluring, I just couldn't get into this. After 200 pages, I literally just don't want to read anymore and have so many other books I would rather read.
@Lissa00 @slategreyskies @Beckys_Books I am thinking of one of these for #LMBPC. Any preferences? Thoughts? Input? All of them have been on my TBR for quite some time. I have added the rest of the books in the comments.