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Three Apples Fell from the Sky
Three Apples Fell from the Sky | Narine Abgaryan
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An unforgettable story of friendship and feuds in a remote Armenian mountain village In an isolated village high in the Armenian mountains, a close-knit community bickers, gossips and laughs. Their only connection to the outside world is an ancient telegraph wire and a perilous mountain road that even goats struggle to navigate. As they go about their daily lives harvesting crops, making baklava, tidying houses the villagers sustain one another through good times and bad. But sometimes all it takes is a spark of romance to turn life on its head, and a plot to bring two of Maran's most stubbornly single residents together soon gives the village something new to gossip about... Three Apples Fell from the Sky is an enchanting fable that brilliantly captures the idiosyncrasy of a small community. Sparkling with sumptuous imagery and warm humour, this is a vibrant tale of resilience, bravery and the miracle of everyday friendship.
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On Friday, just past noon, after the sun had rolled past its lofty zenith and begun sliding sedately toward the western edge of the valley, Anatolia Sevoyants lay down to breathe her last. Before departing for the next world, she thoroughly watered the kitchen garden and scattered food for the chickens, leaving a little extra since the birds couldn't go around unfed - how could ahe know when the neighbours would discover her lifeless body?

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It was a lovely read about ageing community in a remote Armenian village of Maran. We are told stories of different villagers with particular focus on Anatolia. There wasn‘t a particular storyline that I could describe in the book but glimpses and backstories of what has happened to the people of Maran.

It reminds me a lot of ‘100 Years of Solitude‘ due to some miracles and unusual events. Nothing much happens overall but I enjoyed the flow.

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I simply loved this one!
I was completely absorbed by the life of this small Armenian village isolated on top of a mountain, where everything is soaked in magic and symbolism and a late love saves the world. It reminded me of my grandparents' life and I believe this book was with good reason called “a balm for the soul“.

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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 234: Punctuation Marks with Nadine

Jenny and Nadine reconvene to talk about reasons not to set reading goals, look back on the year, and discuss which books we've read and enjoyed lately.

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Suet624 Can‘t wait to listen! 10mo
Lindy Jenny, I was so happy to hear you talk about 10mo
Lindy Also, I do the same thing as Nadine: towards the end of the year, I look at reading challenges from various sources (Read Harder, Reading Women) for the first time, just to see if I happened to read books that would fit their prompts over the past year. 10mo
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ReadingEnvy @Lindy I don't think it got nearly enough attention in the US. 10mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I vaguely track them but don't go out of my way to meet a category. Most of the time I find I've covered most of them! 10mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I looked at the Reading Women challenge and have nothing for the first category: a book longlisted for the JCB Prize. But it did get me to look at those titles (none of which are available to me). 10mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I wonder if you could count previous years because I do see some familiar titles - The Far Field and Djinn Patrol... Both of which I haven't read but I've heard good things about! 10mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Ah! I only thought to look at the current year. Silly me. 10mo
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"They're doors," Valinka explained to Nastasya.... "So when Judgment Day arrives, the deceased will rise, throw the door open, and enter heaven. That's why they put the stone markers with crosses at the feet."
"And what about the ones with the ordinary wooden crosses"
"The other deceased will take them away."
"How about that," was all Nastasya could say.

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A quiet and strange book. Not entirely certain what I think about it. It was like an immersion into the life of the small, remote Armenian village of Maran. I feel I've come to know its inhabitants intimately. I enjoyed it. It was beautifully written. I don't think it will stick with me though. Furthermore, my pleasure was diminished by the stereotypical, albeit brief, depiction of the Romani in the book.


Zoes_Human Contains brief, non-graphic depictions of marital rape and intimate partner abuse. 2y
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Long and lively article introducing young European writers in translation; all just put on my tbr. Worth checking out!


rockpools Saving this for later - it looks great! Thanks for posting it. Also tagging a few people in case it‘s of interest- @bookwormm @Emilymdxn @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 3y
Tonton @RachelO It is! Discovering writers Is so exciting. Thank you for spreading the word😎Love your book selections, too! 3y
rockpools @Tonton Thanks 😊 . I have the first of these to read as an ARC this week, so I don‘t want to read the article til after. 📚📚📚 3y
Tonton @RachelO Enjoy! 3y
BarbaraBB @RachelO Thanks Rachel this definitely sounds worth looking into 💕 3y
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