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The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai | Helen Dewitt
Sibylla, a single mother from a long line of frustrated talents, has unusual ideas about child rearing. Yo Yo Ma started piano at the age of two; her son starts at three. J.S.Mill learned Greek at three; Ludo starts at four, reading Homer as they travel round and round the Circle Line. A fatherless boy needs male role models; so she plays the film of Seven Samurai as a running backdrop to his childhood. While Sibylla types out back copies of Carpworld to pay the rent, Ludo, aged five, moves on the Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese, aerodynamics and edible insects of the world - they might come in handy, if he can just persuade his mother he's mature enough to know his father's name.He is bound for knowledge of a less manageable sort, not least about his mother's past. And at the heart of the book is the boy's changing relationship with Sibylla - contradictory, touching and tender
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mklong
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For the first half of this book, I was in love and ready to marry it, but at about the halfway point when there is a shift of perspective from mother to son, I decided we were better as just good friends. At times the fitting of the narrative into the structure that Dewitt has created can feel forced. It's as if the structure gets in the way of the narrative. The gorgeous writing never falters though.

kathedron The dinosaurs, though! 😍 11mo
mklong @kathedron Thanks! They came from this great Etsy shop, https://etsy.me/1oGrgyN 11mo
Stephaniereads1 I love the pic!!! 11mo
rubyslippersreads 💚💚💚🦖🦕 10mo
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Taylor
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A glorious testament to the human spirit. Astoundingly original, here is a rich and earnest interrogation into what we are truly capable of—intellectually, creatively, morally.

This book was published in '07 and feels like it's pushing the boundaries of modern fiction even if it were written today.

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evan.grillon
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"Many human dysfunctions and torments stem from problems of thought."

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rwmg
The Last Samurai | Helen Dewitt
Mehso-so

At times laugh out loud funny, at others way above my head. Would it have helped if I had anything but the vaguest memory of having seen Seven Samurai 35+ years ago? Maybe, but I doubt it.

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rwmg
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Waynegjr
Last Samurai | Helen Dewitt
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Breakfast at the bookstore this morning.

wanderlustforwords This one I just have to read! 2y
Waynegjr @wanderlustforwords you should! It is so. Damn. Good. 2y
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vivastory
Last Samurai | Helen Dewitt
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I've been wanting to read this for awhile. Currently on sale for Kindle for just 2$. Also on sale for 2$, Ursula Le Guin's short story collection, "Birthday of the World."

saresmoore Earlier, I said to myself, "There probably aren't any good Kindle deals. I just won't bother." Ha! Silly me. Thanks for the heads up! 3y
vivastory @saresmoore I saw the Labyrinths deal, did you get it? I check The Millions on twitter everyday as they often have ebook deals not posted by book riot 3y
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saresmoore I did get Labyrinths. @Billypar had just mentioned it when I saw the deal pop up. Seemed like kismet! 3y
vivastory @saresmoore you're in for a real treat. I ♥ Borges 3y
Billypar @saresmoore @vivastory I only read the shorter collection Ficciones- I really want to read Labyrinths and get the complete Borges experience. I'd jump on this deal if I wasn't married to print. 3y
saresmoore @Billypar Ha! I just tried to blame you for something that wasn't even your fault! 3y
Billypar @vivastory I forgot about that one - that looks so cool. @saresmoore I don't know - I think same author is more than a good excuse for book buying. Same last name initial works too ☺ 3y
saresmoore @Billypar 😂 Great point! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This book meant a lot to me in high school and kicked off my love of Japanese cinema. 3y
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Waynegjr
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Why must I go back to work today? I just want to read this all day long. Is that too much to ask?

Gissy I know that feeling! 😊 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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This book about #fathers which has zero to do with the Tom Cruise movie is great and you should read it.

Ludo is a child prodigy being raised by a genius single mom. He reasons that his father must also have been a genius, so he narrows the possibilities down to six geniuses, all from different fields, who could possibly have been his dad and tracks them down to test their worthiness, influenced by Kurosawa's film Seven Samurai.

#junebookbugs

vivastory High on my TBR 3y
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Waynegjr
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"Out it comes, a dribbling squall."

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DrexEdit
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I'm pretty sure this is a #reread for me. Darn this old brain of mine though because I'm not entirely sure. At least it will be like reading a whole new book! 📖😁

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readingcities
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I had taught myself German out of Teach Yourself German, and recognized several words in this sentence at once:
"It is truly something and something which the something with the something of this something has something and something, so something also this something might something at first something."

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strandbookstore
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The Last Samurai is Helen DeWitt's first novel, about the relationship between a boy and his single mother, and his pursuit of surrogate father figures. We now have copies signed by the author in stock!

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shawnmooney
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When, indeed? I've never read any of her books. Have you?

Full article: http://www.vulture.com/2016/07/helen-dewitt-last-samurai-new-edition.html?mid=tw...

Megabooks Interesting. I seem to remember having heard of her, but I've never read any of her books. 4y
CAGirlReading I absolutely love this book! It's the only one of hers I've read but if the others are as good I would agree. 4y
ClairesReads The Last Samurai is out of print here and I don't know why and it annoys me so much!! 4y
Caryl I haven't read her, but I remember her Lightning Rods was a Tournament of Books contender. 4y
BookishFeminist I haven't but she's on my TBR. 4y
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Genrebending
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This book is for all you kooky monomaniacs and obsessives, who think that boredom is worse than death (myself included). It is an odd book, and perhaps I loved it a little too much thanks to my obsession with languages, but it's a nerdy, funny, smart book about smarts (and limits thereof).

Twocougs Darn you, I just ordered it (you fed my book addiction😉) 4y
Oblomov26 Loved this book when I read it years ago - perhaps time for a revist 4y
Oblomov26 Revisit even 4y
Genrebending @Twocougs hahaha my work here is done 😸 4y
MrBook Ah, this is a great selection! 4y
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Genrebending
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I got home and I thought I should stop leading so aimless an existence. It is harder than might think to stop leading an existence, & if you can't do that the only thing you can do is try to introduce an element of purposefulness.

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Genrebending
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Tonight's book and some hoji-cha.

Grrlbrarian Love your mug! I have a t-shirt to match. BookPeople, if I remember correctly? Austin is such a great town ❤️ 4y
Owlizabeth I loved this book so much!! It started my Kurosawa obsession, which I've since passed to my husband. 4y
Genrebending @Grrlbrarian my good friend works at BookPeople and got it for me! I haven't been there yet :) 4y
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Genrebending @Owlizabeth it's interesting how it's bringing the movie to my mind so vividly despite the fact that I last saw it seven years ago 4y
Owlizabeth They made a movie of this?? I must find it! 4y
WordWaller I've heard VERY good things about this from booksellers! Like, the hand sell of the century 4y
Genrebending @Owlizabeth oh I meant the Seven Samurai. 4y
Owlizabeth Hahaha duhhhhhh 4y
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AlenaB
The Last Samurai | Helen Dewitt
Mehso-so

Liked it and didn't. Enjoyed the stories, the languages, the premise. Didn't care much for the ending and some of the stylistic experiments seemed a bit forced.

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Ilana_Myer
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Rereading this spectacular book to prep for an interview with the author. Easily in my top 5 favorite books of all time.

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Thekelburrows
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Really terrific 50% through