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Moon Tiger
Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
Claudia Hampton, a beautiful, famous writer, lies dying in hospital. But, as the nurses tend to her with quiet condescension, she is plotting her greatest work: ?a history of the world ? and in the process, my own?. Gradually she re-creates the rich mosaic of her life and times, conjuring up those she has known. There is Gordon, her adored brother; Jasper, the charming, untrustworthy lover and father of Lisa, her cool, conventional daughter; and Tom, her one great love, both found and lost in wartime Egypt. Penelope Lively?s Booker Prize-winning novel weaves an exquisite mesh of memories, flashbacks and shifting voices, in a haunting story of loss and desire.
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Lindy
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“They sit squashed amid a group of 11th Hussar officers […] the officers throw bread rolls at each other & at one point some of them roar out their old school song.”
This passage in the tagged book reminded me of the bread tossing mentioned in Levy‘s The Man Who Saw Everything. Hungary isn‘t close to Georgia, but perhaps bread-throwing is a playful activity all around the Black Sea area? Or in the military? Any thoughts on this, Littens? 🧐 🍞

Butterfinger I have not ever heard of this. I wonder, knowing the shortages that occurred, why they played around with their food. 1w
Cathythoughts Not funny Stalin 1w
Lindy @Butterfinger Yes, I hadn‘t even considered that aspect. Puzzling. 1w
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Lindy @Cathythoughts How can we understand tyrants? It remains an important question. 1w
Cathythoughts I suppose we understand them through their history... my question would be - How do we protect ourselves from them ..?? Education, knowing ... 1w
Lindy @Cathythoughts It takes courage to oppose tyranny. Recognizing and calling out injustices large and small, apologizing when we ourselves are perpetrators. We muddle through as best we can, I guess. 1w
Cathythoughts Yes , as Neil Young said “ a little part of it in everyone “ .... you make good points ... we muddle through , we keep trying and trying 1w
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Lindy
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My book club was cancelled tonight because of extremely cold weather. It‘s supposed to be -39 C by 9 pm, not counting the wind chill.

Come-read-with-me @lindy Yikes!!! Stay safe and warm inside. Curl up with a good book about a warm place! 2w
MrBook Whoa 😳🥶🥶🥶!!! Oh wait...excuses, excuses. 😆🙌🏻 2w
Lindy @Come-read-with-me @MrBook I am in a cosy spot, darning socks while listening to an audiobook: 2w
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Suet624 Wow! Take good care of yourself. 2w
Come-read-with-me @Lindy I love to darn! My Saskatchewan roots are showing! 2w
umbrellagirl Stay warm and safe! I can‘t even imagine how cold it must be. We (Connecticut) sometimes get temperatures below zero, but nothing like this. 2w
Prairiegirl_reading Days like that are horrendous! I hate winter! 2w
Redwritinghood Yikes! Probably a good idea to stay home. Stay warm! 2w
Lindy @Come-read-with-me I wouldn‘t say I love it, but I don‘t mind it. There‘s usually a lot of procrastination before I finally get to it. 🧦 2w
Lindy @Suet624 @umbrellagirl @Prairiegirl_reading @Redwritinghood Thanks for your comments! ❄️❄️❄️❄️ 2w
Megabooks Thinking of you and hoping it warms up!! 💜💜 2w
Lcsmcat Stay warm! 2w
Lindy @Lcsmcat Thanks. 😘 2w
Tanisha_A Chills! Take care. 💙☕ 2w
JennyM Ooo...stay warm 🥶 2w
Rissreads Wow! That is cold! Great reading weather! 😍 2w
BarbaraBB That is incredible. What are average temperatures generally? Stay warm and read 😘 2w
Lindy @BarbaraBB The average is usually about -6 C for a high and -14 at night. I‘m thawing the frozen kitchen pipes for a second time today. It‘s -40 at the moment. 2w
BarbaraBB Wow. So much for climate change 😱. I hope you can stay inside. 2w
Cathythoughts Take care ❤️ 2w
Lindy @BarbaraBB The fact that the weather at the poles is warmer than Edmonton (or it was earlier; not sure about now) is a worrisome example of climate change. I despair for the future. 😕 2w
Lindy @Tanisha_A @JennyM @Rissreads @Cathythoughts Thanks for the good wishes. 🤗 2w
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Lindy
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Is nausea always a manifestation of grief? Who am I to know? I have never been thus before. Grief-stricken. Stricken is right; it is as though you had been felled. Knocked to the ground; pitched out of life and into something else.

TheLudicReader Great book. 2w
Lindy @TheLudicReader Agreed. My book group was supposed to discuss it tonight but our meeting has been postponed on account of severe weather. (-38 C) 2w
TheLudicReader @Lindy ahh, Canadian winters, eh? Gotta love ‘em. ❄️🙄 2w
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readordierachel Wow. I need to pull this one off the shelf. Love the quotes you've shared. 2w
Lindy @readordierachel 👍I‘m so glad I finally got around to it. 2w
Lindy @TheLudicReader yeah, 🙄 plus 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Rissreads The quotes you have been sharing are beautiful 🧡 2w
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Lindy
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Laszlo has always allowed his soul to hang out like his shirt-tails and Gordon found this uncongenial. He did not object to people having souls but preferred them tucked away out of sight where they ought to be.

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Lindy
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History is disorder, I wanted to scream at them—death and muddle and waste. And here you sit cashing in on it and making patterns in the sand.

kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 2w
Tanisha_A Oh I loved this book! 2w
CarolynM Such a great book! 2w
Aimeesue Penelope L! ❤️ 2w
Lindy @kspenmoll @Tanisha_A @CarolynM @Aimeesue So much love for this book! I understand why. 😊 2w
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Lindy
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“Do you want to try this [nail polish]? It‘s rather heavenly—Elizabeth Arden Shocking Pink.”

Thanks to a picture book biography of Elsa Schiaparelli, I know that her signature colour shocking pink became very popular in the 30s & 40s, which in turn helps to fix the time period of the shifting scenes in the play adaptation of the tagged novel.

Aimeesue A Schiaparelli dress plays a big part in Muriel Spark's 1mo
Lindy @Aimeesue ooh! Thanks for the tip. I haven‘t read that one yet. 1mo
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CarolynM I loved Moon Tiger🙂 1mo
Aimeesue @Lindy It's my second favorite by Spark, after Memento Mori. I loved Moon Tiger, too. 1mo
Lindy @Aimeesue @CarolynM My book club will discuss Moon Tiger in January and I accidentally got the play adaptation (ebook through Overdrive) but I decided to read it anyway and then seek out the novel. 1mo
Tanisha_A Loved this book! 1mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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Mehso-so

This is the kind of book that is normally totally my reading kryptonite so I should have enjoyed it more. It was okay. I think On Caanan's Side was the best book similar to Moon Tiger I've read.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Just started but not sure how I feel about it. 🤔

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youneverarrived
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#booked2019 Spring quarter complete 😁

🎶 Features a musician - Loving Amy
🍷 Food or beverage on cover - Breakfast at Tiffany‘s
⛰ Indigenous author - The Round House
🌑 Night oriented title - Moon Tiger
🌍 Cli-Fi - Flight Behaviour
📱 Social media focus - Alone Together

Cinfhen Great batch of books 🤩🙌🏻💕 7mo
4thhouseontheleft 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice job and I like your emoji use in the wrap up! 👏 7mo
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Cathythoughts These all look great ♥️👍🏻 7mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks ladies and for a great challenge 💕 7mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts they were all decent reads 👍😘 7mo
andrew61 Great choices ☺ 7mo
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Tanisha_A
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Pickpick

"There's nothing like being hitched to one's times in a way one never anticipated to make one think very personally indeed." That's my favourite quote from this book.

Written in just 200 pages, this is a story of relationships, love, loss, grief, yearnings, history (and the importance of telling it right), war and it's consequences. The prose is free flowing and absolutely gorgeous, bet you could read it in one sitting.

JennyM I read the tagged book earlier this year. I think I might need to read this one now 👉 7mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM I think you will like it. 🙂 7mo
CarolynM Such a great book! 7mo
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Tanisha_A @CarolynM So good. I am awed at the brevity of this work. Wonderful! 7mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻. I‘ve yet to read it , but I do have it ♥️ 7mo
sudi Great review 😊👍 7mo
Tanisha_A @sudi Thanks Sudi! 🙂 @Cathythoughts Will wait to see how you find it, although I kind of know you'll like it. 🙂 7mo
batsy Nicely put ❤️ I will get to this someday!! 7mo
Tanisha_A @batsy Someday is our best friend. ❤️ 7mo
Nute Nice review, Tanisha! I know the feeling of awe when a reader is greatly impacted by a brief novel. It is the talent and skill of the author. Hoping to read this soon! 7mo
Tanisha_A @Nute Thank you! It's really good. ☺️ 7mo
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Tanisha_A
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Fiction can seem more enduring than reality. Pierre on the field of battle, the Bennet girls at their sewing, Tess on the threshing machine — all these are nailed down for ever, on the page and in a million heads.

After a terrible week at work, feels so good to be back here! 🙂

JennyM Lovely to have you back, T. Hope you have a relaxing day planned 😘 7mo
Velvetfur I'm sorry to hear you had a terrible week at work, I send you a hug - 🤗 - and I hope you have a lovely relaxing day x 7mo
TrishB Hope work improves ❤️ 7mo
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Tonton 💐🌟 7mo
sudi Sorry to hear about the terrible week at work, hope it gets better 💕💕 7mo
CarolynM Hope things are better in the coming week. I loved Moon Tiger - are you enjoying it? 7mo
Aimeesue Moon Tiger! ❤️🐅❤️ 7mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Thanks Jen! It was a day full of sleeping and reading. Good day indeed! Hope you are having a lovely Sunday! 😘 7mo
Tanisha_A @Velvetfur Thank you! Yes, having a much needed Sunday! Hope you are having a good weekend! 🥰 7mo
Tanisha_A @TrishB Yesss, that would be awesome. 💚 7mo
Tanisha_A @Tonton Thank you! ☺️ 7mo
Tanisha_A @sudi Thanks Sudi! 💛 Did you have a rain filled weekend? 7mo
Tanisha_A @CarolynM Thank you! I have read just 30 pages so far, and yes, I am loving the style. Even though it moves back and forth in time, it's not confusing. Beautiful prose, can't wait to see where it goes further. 7mo
Tanisha_A @Aimeesue Looking forward to read further. I have seen the love for this book! ☺️ 7mo
batsy I hope your work situation improves ❤️ Peace and well wishes for the new week! 🌻🌈 7mo
mabell I hope you have a better week! ❤️ 7mo
Velvetfur @Tanisha_A Good to hear 😊 I'm having a good reading day today, thanks, as the weather is truly awful (lots of rain and strong wind) so I refuse to go out! 7mo
RaimeyGallant Great quote! 7mo
sudi @Tanisha_A more like moody rain, it'll rain for an hour and then it's back to hot and humid 🙄 7mo
Tanisha_A @batsy @mabell Thank you my lovelies! 🥰 7mo
Tanisha_A @RaimeyGallant This book is full of great statements! 7mo
readordierachel Hope this week is better 💕💕 7mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Thanks love! Hope you are having a good week too. 💞 7mo
BiblioLitten Trust books to make things better! Hugs💕 7mo
ephemeralwaltz I hope work gets better! In any case it's almost the weekend 🎉🎉☀️☀️ 7mo
Tanisha_A @BiblioLitten Yessss, the bestest ever! 7mo
Tanisha_A @ephemeralwaltz Claraaaaaa! Thank youuuu! 🌻 7mo
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Mdargusch
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What‘s better than book mail? Unexpected book mail!

Thank you @Cinfhen for tucking a surprise for me in the package for @Reviewsbylola - it made my day. 😁 I‘m a big fan of Penelope Lively.

Reviewsbylola What a great cover! 8mo
readordierachel That cover 😍 8mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf! 8mo
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Mdargusch Have you read any of her books @LeahBergen ? 8mo
Mdargusch I think it‘s worth the cover alone @Reviewsbylola @readordierachel 🤗 8mo
emilyhaldi What are those flowers?! I need!!! 7mo
emilyhaldi I thought so!!! Did you grow it yourself?! 7mo
Mdargusch That‘s actually from Trader Joe‘s @emilyhaldi but I am growing some of my own. 7mo
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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #TheMoonSong I‘ve yet to read this one ... but by all accounts it‘s really good. Must get there soon.

Thankyou @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant for a great month 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘😘

Cinfhen Its REALLY GOOD!!!!! You‘re gonna love it!!! And thanks for playing along ❤️ 8mo
Lcsmcat Love that cover! 8mo
rohit-sawant On my TBR! Thanks for joining in! 😊 💕 8mo
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Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat yes! I do too ♥️👍🏻 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm On my tbr too, but I love your cover! 8mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm 👍🏻♥️♥️ 8mo
LeahBergen It‘s sitting on my shelf, too! 8mo
andrew61 I loved this book cathy so id thoroughly recommend - i managed to get the liam mcillvaney at the library today which i think you enjoyed as saw it was on the theakstons shortlist. 8mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 is it The Quaker ?! I thought that book was very good. Yes looking forward to Moon Tiger. Just home from IRL Bookclub... on a book high 😊🥰 8mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts yes The quaker ☺ 8mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 we just discussed Bone Clocks !!!! A great night. Most loved it ... a few found it impossible.. great chat . Look forward to your thoughts on The Quaker 8mo
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Tanisha_A
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There's plenty to read right now, but I couldn't resist going to the library. 🙃

akckitty I'm a sucker for the library too 😉 8mo
Tanisha_A @akckitty Heaven on Earth! ☺️ 8mo
readordierachel Can't wait to hear what you think of this! It's sitting on my shelf right now. 8mo
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JennyM It‘s a problem I know all too well! #librarylove 8mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel I am looking forward to it. 🙂 8mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Hahaha, you know the best Ms. Library. 💙 8mo
CarolynM Love that book. Hope you're enjoying it🙂 8mo
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youneverarrived
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Claudia is full of flaws; therefore ultimately human and relatable. What makes it more brilliant is that she is looking back at her past from her own eyes, but also we get to see glimpses from the perspective of her daughter, lovers & brother. How history & human lives connect & converge is what I got from this novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nightorientedtitle #booked2019

CarolynM I love this book ❤️ Great cover too! 9mo
Cinfhen This was such an excellent read. Great review! 9mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... I still must read this one. ♥️ 9mo
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LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf and now I want to bump it up the TBR. 9mo
youneverarrived @CarolynM I love the cover! 9mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen thanks! I‘m glad I chose it for this prompt 💙 9mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you, I do think you might like it 👍 9mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen it‘s definitely worth the read 👍 9mo
charl08 Love this one, but haven't had much success with her others 9mo
youneverarrived @charl08 ah really? I was thinking of reading another of hers after liking this one so much. 9mo
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Cinfhen
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I wasn‘t aware that this previous Man Booker winner was in the running for the Golden Booker. I understand why. A well crafted story starring Claudia, a most unconventional woman who is looking back on her life from her deathbed. Claudia is both the villain and the fair maiden, with an entire cast of secondary characters equally compelling. Lively writes a full bodied story in a sparse amount of pages although I felt it needed a little bit more.

Cinfhen Thank you @Simona for gifting me this book. I‘m not sure I ever would have gotten to it on my own 🙏🏻🧡😘 10mo
Cinfhen I tagged you on your post of this book @CarolynM 10mo
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Simona Man Booker‘s books can be good 😘 10mo
Tex2Flo The cover illustration FORCED me to stack it. 10mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! and that cover is so amazing 10mo
kspenmoll The cover is gorgeous! Great review; makes me want to read this book! 😘 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review. I will place this further up my tbr 😊 10mo
Cinfhen This book isn‘t anything that I imagined it to be @erzascarletbookgasm @kspenmoll @Emilymdxn @Tex2Flo @Simona and while the cover is SPECTACULAR I think it threw me off. I thought based on the cover the book would be more mystical, spiritual, dreamy but it‘s a tangled tale of history our own and the world‘s and how we perceive and recall events/memories. It‘s really really intuitive and well written. 10mo
KarenUK This sounds fantastic! Stacked 👍 10mo
KarenUK And it works for #pop19 👍💕 10mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf (and my cover is SO different 😮). 10mo
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Cinfhen
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“I‘ve grown old with the century; there‘s not much left of either of us. The century of war. All history, of course, is the history of wars, but this hundred years has excelled itself.” Ain‘t that the true defination of the 20th century!!! This writing is so good. I‘m fascinated with the character created by Penelope Lively.

CarolynM Yes, it's such a good book. I'm looking forward to discussing it with you when you finish. 10mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful writing ♥️. I have it waiting for ages ... you‘ve inspired me to pick it up soon 10mo
BarbaraBB This is such a gorgeous book. I even remember that quote! 10mo
ClairesReads This is one of my favourite books of all time 10mo
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Cinfhen
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“I always thought a kaleidoscope view might be an interesting heresy.Shake the tube and see what comes out.”I think I‘m going to like this one 😊

GatheringBooks oh wow. i am salivating over that cover. 10mo
JennyM Penelope Lively is such a great author - but I‘ve not read this one. Although the cover would be enough for me. Beautiful! 10mo
Kalalalatja That is a great cover! 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm What a striking cover! Hope you‘re enjoying the book! 😘 10mo
CarolynM I loved it. I will be very interested to see your review. 10mo
Aimeesue Moon Tiger!!!❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
DivineDiana That cover! ❤️ 10mo
Rissreads I‘ve never heard of it. I see it won the Man Booker prize in 1987. I tend to like books that have won. Oh no 🤦‍♀️ another book stacked! 10mo
Simona You should read Bitter Orange first, this one is for for improving the taste 😘 10mo
GlassAsDiamonds Love that cover!! 10mo
readordierachel That cover is amazing! 10mo
Cinfhen You should all know, the inside is just as dreamy as the outside...I‘m enjoying this book very much!! Claudia is quite an interesting character @GlassAsDiamonds @Simona @Rissreads @DivineDiana @Aimeesue @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja @JennyM @GatheringBooks 😍 10mo
Cinfhen Oooops, too late, I went for your more beloved book first @Simona I know you weren‘t crazy about 10mo
BarbaraBB Great cover indeed. I have Bitter Orange on my shelves as well and am actually looking forward to it. Didn‘t know it was a so-so for you @Simona 10mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I loved the atmosphere in Bitter Orange, but I wasn‘t convinced by the story ... and while I was reading it I had constantly in my mind Moon Tiger... different content, but very similar structure. 10mo
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Cinfhen
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#BookMail from the amazing @Simona 🎉💕🤩 Im totally blown away....it‘s not my birthday, it‘s not a gift exchange, it wasn‘t a giveaway prize...it was just a BOX FULL OF AWESOMENESS from the sweetest, kindest friend. I feel spoilt and beyond lucky to have made so many wonderful friends through this community of readers. I don‘t know where to begin, but I LOVE it all (especially the Nutella & face mask) and SHIT. I REALLY LIKE YOU TOO, 😘😘😘

Cinfhen Ran out of room....I‘ve been wanting to read Moon Tiger forever....especially because the cover is stunning @Simona and I‘m super curious about 10mo
Cinfhen And I‘m so grateful for our friendship xx you‘re wonderful and beautiful and I wish you bright, joyful, happy days 💟 10mo
Cinfhen And I LOVE ALL the items from Slovenia 🇸🇮 ❤️🙌🏻 @Simona (edited) 10mo
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vivastory This is great! 10mo
MoonWitch94 How wonderful 10mo
batsy So lovely ❤️ Simona is so kind. 10mo
Cinfhen Yes, she really is quite special @batsy @vivastory @MoonWitch94 🙏🏻❣️ 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful! So lovely of Simona 💗 10mo
Kalalalatja Just wonderful! 10mo
Simona Yes, finally my sleep will be peaceful again😘 While I was reading Bitter Orange, I couldn‘t stop to compare it with Moon Tiger. Comparable content, but one of them is successful and very good in almost every aspect, and one of them is not so good ... I saw in one of your comments that you haven‘t read Dhal‘s short stories for adults yet. They are strange and unusual and I like them a lot. My best friend thinks, that they are garbage .... Enjoy❣️ 10mo
BarbaraBB What a sweet gift! And such great books! 10mo
TrishB Lovely 💕💕 10mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! ❤️❤️ 10mo
KarenUK Oooh great books! So much kindness... 💕💕💕 10mo
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Wilkie
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This could be the best first paragraph I have ever read❤️❤️

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KellyHunsakerReads
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So far this #ManbookerWinner hasn‘t captured me.

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Abailliekaras
Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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Pickpick

Loved this. Claudia looks back on her life; her time in Egypt at its heart. She‘s a clever, strong-willed narrator with fun, sharp commentary on others, & vulnerable by contrast when she loses the love of her life. I loved her reflections on how we write history & it‘s shaped (or re-written) in the telling. And how - for events & people - there are multiple histories. Pithy writing, vivid descriptions & thought-provoking. A strong, memorable book

CarolynM Great review of a wonderful book❤️ 1y
britt_brooke Nice review! 1y
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this one, must read 1y
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CarolynM
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Pickpick

This is an extraordinary book with a spiky, challenging heroine and a fascinating cast of secondary characters. I loved it. But...I have a question about it which I am going to put in a comment so I can mark it with a spoiler. If you've read the book, please tell me what you think about this.

CarolynM Did Claudia and Gordon really have an incestuous relationship? I couldn't decide if it was just a kiss, or if more was being implied by the nude swimming scene. Their interaction was so interesting and do much a part of who Claudia was, but I feel a bit uncomfortable about this question hanging over it. Am I making too much of it? 1y
LeeRHarry I picked this up from the library this week! Great minds think alike 😊 1y
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I look forward to seeing your review. Hope we can discuss my question when you've read it🙂 1y
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LeeRHarry @CarolynM definitely, it‘s second in the queue after my current read 😊 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow this cover 🖤 1y
BarbaraBB Loved this book and wow, your cover 😍 1y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Do you have any thoughts about my spoiler question? 1y
BarbaraBB @CarolynM As I remember it they did, I don‘t think you‘re making too much of it. 1y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Thanks. Still a bit uncomfortable, though. Can such a taboo be shrugged off so easily, both by the characters and the author? 1y
BarbaraBB I think they were both very young and innocent and that the author uses it to show how unconventional a person Claudia is. I‘m not sure though, i read it a long time ago. Regarding the subject I remember being so shocked by (edited) 1y
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I think you're remembering correctly and I agree with what you say, I'm just not sure that it can be brought up without being examined. The characters must have rationalised it somehow, so how? Invisible sounds interesting. I will definitely look into that one. 1y
Ruthiella I think Claudia and her brother felt they were above societal mores; rules are other, less intelligent people. I loved this book. Claudia was so unpleasant and yet so fascinating. 1y
CarolynM @Ruthiella Yes, I get that. I suppose I just think it would have a more profound impact on a person's psyche, that it wouldn't be something you could easily put aside. Not necessarily damaging, but something you would actually have to deal with. Maybe I'm less open minded than I like to think I am. 1y
Cinfhen Just finished the book and couldn‘t wait to open the spoiler tags! I was shocked when I read about the incest ~ they definitely shared a sexual experience but more importantly a connected heart. They truly loved each other as if they were a shared body. Even on her deathbed C seems to be recalling her love for Gordon. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure the author was trying to make any comment other than C was a woman who made no apologies and was by all means unconventional 10mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen I like the idea that their sense of connection needed a physical element. But in that case, why did their physical relationship stop? Their connection obviously never did. Having read another Lively now, I think she likes to leave her readers with plenty of questions. Thanks for sharing your thoughts😘 10mo
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I loved this book! Amusing, insightful, and poignant musings by a woman on her deathbed - love and relationships prevail. #bookerprize #goldenbooker

Emilymdxn One of the best books ive read this year! I really loved this one 1y
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JenniferP
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My next book, one chapter in and already loving the voice of the first person narrator! #librarybook #bookerprize

Aimeesue Moon Tiger was very, very good.❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB Echoing @Aimeesue ! I hope (and expect!) you will love it too! 1y
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The other day, I was standing in a book signing line with @kdwinchester and she was talking about this book. It's been in the air recently because it was a finalist for the Golden Man Booker Prize, selected as the top book for the 1980s winners. I hadn't read anything by this author and today when I was digging around Hoopla after stalling on several reads, this was there so I went for it. That's reading envy for you hmm? (I also needed tea.)

CarolynM I've been meaning to read this for such a long time. Look forward to seeing your review. 2y
LeeRHarry Thanks for the reminder about this book 😊 I‘ve just put it on hold at my library! 2y
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ReadingEnvy @CarolynM It is a fairly quick read, and I liked it quite a bit. More soon! 2y
ReadingEnvy @LeeRHarry hooray! My library had it in Hoopla so I didn't even need to go there! 2y
BarbaraBB A gem of a book! 2y
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allthebooks
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Lively's writing is wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Claudia's thoughts and memories. She is not an easy character and this made her all the most real and enjoyable. Dying is not portrayed as easy here, and it felt a privilege to be part of what read as a very private process.

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beaconhillbooks
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Precisely.

The power of language. Preserving the ephemeral; giving form to dreams, permanence to sparks of sunlight.

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ClairesReads
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Moon Tiger is easily the best book I‘ve read in 2018. I find it almost impossible to review a novel that has affected me in this way. I‘ll leave it to say that Lively is expert in her use of language, and characterisation. This is a novel at once about a personal history, and the history of the world. It perfectly captures the intersection between private and public history, the collective and the individual. We are everything, and we are nothing.

Emilymdxn I loved this book too! 2y
britt_brooke Nice review! 2y
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BarbaraBB Excellent review 💕 2y
LeeRHarry Fab review 😊 2y
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn it‘s wonderful isn‘t it? 2y
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History; my love #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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Indiscriminate spam! #indiebuddyreads

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ClairesReads
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This book is too much ❤️💯 #indiebuddyreads

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Redheadrambles Ah yes that‘s a great one ! 2y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles i debated posting it, because I thought it was a bit political but then I thought...no matter what side of the fence you‘re on, it‘s basically true 2y
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Neale
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Just arrived!!! 😊😊😊 Unfortunately didn‘t win the GB though. 🙁

ns510reads Oh it arrived! What a beaut! 😍 (and besides, the IBR HoF is the one that really counts! 😜) 2y
MeikeReads @Neale I couldn't agree more with @ns510reads ! :-) 2y
Redwritinghood Nice find! 2y
Redheadrambles That‘s so awesome Neale ! What a great addition to your collection. 2y
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allthebooks
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It's been a great day at the Henley Regatta with lots of down time to read Penelope Lively. Leaving the UK tomorrow, next stop Belgium!! #backpackEurope

JenP What‘s the drink? 2y
allthebooks A customized 'Pimms cocktail without Pimms' - gin, lemonade, mint, cucumbers...delicious! 2y
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History, my love #indiebuddyreads

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From the first sentence I can tell this is 💯 for me ❤️ #indiebuddyreads

ns510reads Yasss! 🙌🏽 2y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes I was pretty sure it would be ! 2y
BarbaraBB You‘ll love this one, I‘m sure! 2y
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ClairesReads
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Highly anticipated current read #indiebuddyreads

ReadingEnvy Ooh I love the cover on this edition! 2y
ns510reads Woohoo! 🙌🏽 we have the same crazy cover. Psychedelic but I kinda love it 😉 2y
Neale Great cover. 😊 2y
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads agree it‘s the best cover 2y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles @ReadingEnvy @ns510reads @Neale I agree this cover is awesome! Although I also really like the super 80s original one that Nicky (I think?) has. (edited) 2y
Redheadrambles With the feluccas ? 2y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles that‘s the one! I‘m a bit of a sucker for 80s/90s cover art 2y
Neale @ClairesReads @Redheadrambles That‘s the signed one that I have coming that Dave wants me to show him when it arrives. 😊 2y
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Neale
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars. Quite simply a masterpiece. The main protagonist Claudia, along with Jaxie from The Shepard‘s Hut, is my favourite character of the year. However Vernon Subutext is close. 😊 #indiebuddyreads

ClairesReads Finally on holiday and starting this tomorrow I hope! I can‘t wait! And my copy of Vernon arrived yesterday too! 2y
Neale OMG Claire, with those two and Winton you have three amazing books to read. 😊 2y
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allthebooks
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#backpackeurope I finally made it! Spending a few days in London with aunt Claudia and fitting in an afternoon at the Regatta. @JenP @BookwormM

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Neale
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#indiebuddyreads This might help those who have not seen one. Interesting to see this one is called Earth Tiger.

Redwritinghood What is it? I haven‘t read the book yet. 2y
Neale @Redwritinghood It‘s a mozzie coil. You light it and the resulting smoke keeps the mozzies away. Ver y healthy! 😊 2y
Redheadrambles Ah interesting! Thanks Neale 2y
ns510reads All the nostalgia! Haven‘t seen one of these for ages lol 2y
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I think this is the most books I have ever read in a single month ... although some were crossover books from May.
5 star - Moon Tiger such a discovery for me. Census, Sodden Downstream and Vernon all excellent books !

I think I am now 14/24 on #ReadHarder2018 #junewrapup

ClairesReads You‘ve reminded me to do a monthly wrap up when I finish Census. It‘s been quite a month for you! 2y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I know it‘s always surprising when you put it all together. Maybe I am getting faster since starting my new read short stories in between books strategy... 2y
BarbaraBB I am tempted to stack all your picks... 😀 2y
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Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB you have to read Moon Tiger if you haven‘t already I just think it‘s magnificent and Vernon Subutex as well if you can find it, is in your face but awesome. 2y
BarbaraBB I read and loved both Census and Moon Tiger so I have to get my hands on a copy of Vernon Subutex! 2y
MeikeReads @BarbaraBB You need to read Vernon, it's so wonderful!! 2y
BarbaraBB @MeikeReads I just ordered a copy on BookDepository 😀 2y
AceOnRoam We are making you #ReadFaster 😊 Well done! 2y
Redheadrambles @AceOnRoam hahaha 😂 I like it 2y
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really have to thank the Golden Booker shenanigans for putting this one in my path. Could it be my new favourite Booker of all time ?. It‘s going to come close.

It‘s just a lovely bit of unexpected genius. Claudia perhaps one of my all time favourite female characters, both monstrous and magnificent. It is a rare book that can convey the passage of an entire life, credibly and on such a small canvas - how did she manage that ?

Redheadrambles #Readharder2018 - Protagonist over the age of 60 2y
BarbaraBB I loved this book too. What book is it competing with as your all-time favorite Booker book? 2y
Neale @Redheadrambles Trudie, I‘m only six chapters in but I have a feeling it‘s going to be my favourite as well. 😊 2y
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Redheadrambles @Neale yippee !!!! 2y
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB has to be The Remains of the Day 2y
BarbaraBB O wow, I can agree with that 💕 2y
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Neale
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Everybody at #indiebuddyreads is raving about this so if it turns out to be crap..... 😁

Redwritinghood I just ordered a copy yesterday, so we‘ll see. 😊 2y
Neale @Redwritinghood Read the first chapter and I can already feel I‘m going to love it. 😊 2y
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Page 2 already loving this writing

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Simona
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A superb story with the main theme about the perceiving general history which is shaped by personal intimate memories, and this is the story of a woman on her deathbed who, while pondering about her life, writes her history of the world. Captivating story, a complex structure, challenging characters and elegant prose - all you need in a good book. #GoldenBooker

Simona @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft This book is also my pick for #MCover70yo #booked2018 Main character is Claudia, 76 yo historian thinking about different events and stages in her life. 2y
Cinfhen Are you officially done?!? If not you must be VERY CLOSE 2y
Simona @Cinfhen Not yet, I still have five prompts 😘 (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review. Thanks!! 👏🏻👏🏻😍😍📚📚 2y
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you 🙏 2y
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