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The Promise
The Promise | Damon Galgut
A modern saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by the Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut. Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled promises; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt. Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country -- an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and--ultimately--hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones. "Galgut will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa's transition [ . . . ] in every way the equal of J. M. Coetzee."--Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart
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Cathythoughts
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The story of a white South African family , and Salome, the black woman who works for them, who has been promised her own house.
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A reread for me , the writing blew me away , powerful book. I‘m so grateful to the author.

‘ In this very room both birth and death have taken place. Long ago , maybe, but the blood is still visible on certain days , when time wears thin. ‘

andrew61 Great storytelling Cathy . I will give it a reread at some point as well. 2mo
TrishB Wow 😯 looking forward to this one. 2mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 I reread it for our Bookclub… I‘m so glad I did. I must try another of his books 👍🏻 2mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB look forward to your thoughts Trish 👍🏻 2mo
rockpools Sounds like a must-read… one day! 2mo
Cathythoughts @rockpools I think so 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely review, Cathy! 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 a very worthwhile reread ♥️ 2mo
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TrishB
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#kindledailydeal
Got this one today.

squirrelbrain It‘s very good! 😁👍 2mo
Freespirit I will look forward to your review Trish 2mo
Brimful I loved it. Clever moving insightful 2mo
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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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Amor has only felt the full love of her family when she was struck by lightning — her father held her in his arms, her mother, brother, and sister ran to her aid. Since that childhood moment, Amor has been left aside, called only for funerals. And the youngest sibling always dutifully returns. Because if you don‘t have family, what do you have? As Amor sits on the roof of an old home, watching from a distance, you can guess her answer: Freedom.

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AllDebooks
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Wow, this is masterful storytelling. Galgut follows a family on their South African farm, through several decades. Each decade is told from a different family members pov. The characters are so lifelike you can almost hear them breathing. Alongside the immediate family are a collection of friends, extended family, all adding to the story in their unique ways.

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andrew61
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I really enjoyed this bk, last yrs booker winner which is for July rdg grp. Told in 10yr intervals from 86 to 2016 a family in South Africa has to live with a promise made on the mother's death bed to gift a farmhouse to the black housekeeper. The style shifts within paragraphs from different protaganists but I was completely absorbed by the changes over those 30 years in such a fractured country.Great writing combined with excellent storytelling

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AllDebooks
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'The moment the metal box speaks her name, Amor knows it's happened.'

Ooooooh, curiosity sparked.
Book 1 for my #bigjunereadathon challenge @Clwojick

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Jeg
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Probably not a book I would normally read but it popped up at the op shop. Must say I enjoyed the read. Such wonderful use of language. A bit of a family saga based around a promise that spans the generations. Gave me a bit of an understanding of life in South Africa. Well deserved winner.

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Cinfhen
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A beautifully written novel about three siblings set in South Africa. Begins in the mid 80‘s and covers several decades. Amor, the youngest sibling believes she heard a promise made between her dying mother and father, that will reverberate throughout her life. I‘m excited to discuss this one with my IRL bookclub next week.

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StellaB
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My favourite book so far this year. It tells the story of a family and a country, South Africa, at a time of change. The writing is individual and insightful, and I could easily have spent more time with the characters. Not surprised it‘s received so much praise.

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Cinfhen
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While my IPad charges (it‘s been losing battery SO QUICKLY 😤) I‘m starting my IRL May bookclub pick. I believe it won the International Booker last year! So far it‘s good.

sarahbarnes Loved this one. ❤️ 5mo
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vlwelser
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I loved this. I picked it for book club before it won the Booker. And I know most of you who are interested already read it, but for those of you who didn't, this gets my recommendation for sure. My book club probably officially hates me. Esp after I totally panned the last book (The Lincoln Highway).

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Loved this book, South African family drama that takes place during 4 funerals.

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BookingitwithSandra
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The Promise by Damon Galgut is a story about a woman, Rachel Swart who makes a promise to her Black maid, Salome. This promise will divide Rachel‘s family. This book is based in South Africa and spans 30 years. Will The Promise be kept or not? That‘s what I‘m about to find out…

Have you read this book yet? It won the 2021 Booker Prize.

#europaeditions #thepromise #damongalgut #newbooktoread #southafricantale #readtogrow #readingisfundamental

BittersweetBooks Great mug! 6mo
BookingitwithSandra @BittersweetBooks thanks! It inspires me, that‘s for sure! 6mo
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NovelNancyM
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The premise of this book is so interesting - a young girl thinks she overhears her father make a promise to her dying mother. It may have been a promise or it may have been more an implication Amor believes. The writing and character development are excellent and I think they will stay with me for a long time.

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Rhondareads
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Europa book mail perfect day 😀

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I enjoyed this. It took me a bit to get through it, so it is a soft pick. I enjoyed the premise of the promise that floats through the story. This is a character driven book and they are not all pleasant which gives complexity to the book.
I can see why it won the Booker, the writing is extraordinary, and it is rare to see a family shown in so many different lights.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#weeklyforecast
Got to get these library books read and back. The tagged is short but a bit slow going. I am making real progress on 1619, feeling a bit overwhelmed so picked up Lincoln Highway on audio to get some pages in while I work this week.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Waiting to hear from the vet who is taking a look at my cat who has been not feeling well since Sunday. Traffic home is so bad I am hiding in a coffee shop reading instead of driving home to drive back to pick her up.
This was due back today, but I am just getting into the meat of the story, glad my library has done away with late fees!

ju.ca.no Hope you cat will feel better soon🤗 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @ju.ca.no thanks! Day 2 at the vet and they think they have things sorted. Super lucky we have a fantastic clinic. 7mo
ju.ca.no @ChaoticMissAdventures that‘s good!🙏🏼 7mo
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Readerann
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Mehso-so

Really good writing, but a little too much family misery for me. Didn‘t love it.

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bernadette
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Current read. Such an interesting writing style. Galgut is able to smoothly move from the mind of one narrator to another and it feels almost stream of consciousness but of a family rather than an individual.

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sophies_little_library
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My weekend read! Finding it much slower than I expected. Should I stick with it?

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Jari-chan
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Panpan

Another book prize winner, another disappointment.

Even though it's written in a readable language, Galgut just couldn't make me care about anything in that book. The characters are nothing more than paper and ink, therefore I didn't care about what happened to them either. Neither could this book add something new to my knowledge about South Africa.

Why did I even finish this?

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Smrloomis Ugh sorry that didn‘t work out! 9mo
jlhammar I didn't really get on with this one either. Good to know I'm not alone! 9mo
TheAromaofBooks I hate it when I keep reading because I think there is going to finally be a payoff... and then there isn't 😕 9mo
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

I can understand why others loved this book and also why it has won so many awards and accolades. Personally though, once I finished it instead of feeling like I had been absorbed into this multilayered family drama, I felt like a stranger on the outside looking in never quite getting the full effect.

The writing is exceptional and raw, the characters complex and interesting, and there's a subtle beauty to the story. I just felt disconnected.

Chelsea.Poole I hate feeling disconnected to the story 😣 9mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Mehso-so

Although I enjoyed this book, I, at times, battled to follow the narrative due the author jumping from one character to the next.
It was, nonetheless, a good story, well worth the read.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Another fantastic South African author, with a story set in my beautiful home country.
This novel won the 2021 Booker Prize.
I'm very excited to read it.

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Abailliekaras
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An elegant, multi-layered, gently satirical novel set in South Africa. It follows three siblings, all believable characters shaped to a greater or lesser extent by their environment - apartheid & its end. Their racist attitudes make for uncomfortable reading but I think was Galgut‘s intent. The writing is superb with an assured sense of place & complex characters. It didn‘t move me but it‘s readable, thought-provoking & beautifully realised.

Simona That is my favourite read for this year and I think that is masterpiece. 10mo
Suet624 Another outstanding review. 8mo
Abailliekaras @Suet624 thanks! ☺️ 8mo
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bookaholic1
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Mehso-so

#97
I found this book OKAY, and nothing more

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rmaclean4
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Great read. This is a novel that I would love to study in a literature class. Layed and nuanced story telling. 4.5 🌟

Cathythoughts Nice review! I really enjoyed this too & just gave my son a copy for his birthday 🤞🏻😁 10mo
Brimful Totally agree. I think instance the role of religion in the book hasn‘t been explored in discussions to date 10mo
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Graywacke
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The Booker Prize winner is a satirical and dark look at white owners of a large South African farm. Galgut‘s writing comes across really confident on audio, but also seems to be searching for the right balance of serious themes, human characters, satirical and simple humor. I wouldn‘t call it perfect, but I enjoyed it.

Cathythoughts Great picture & review! I really enjoyed this one too 10mo
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BkClubCare
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#BookerPrize For such a short book, this is dense and slow-going. The narrator was effective but also disorienting because Involved = All-knowing, and the reader is spoken to. We don‘t get enough of the hero, in my opinion and it is heart-breaking to pick favorite characters. The title promise is a diversion from the point of humans frittering away their potential. And I hate that phrase: “not living up to your potential” but there it is.

BkClubCare #tob2022longlist #tob2022 #tob Hope it makes the shortlist. 10mo
mdm139 Love the dog‘s bandana. I went to school there. 10mo
BkClubCare @mdm139 - 😎💜😼 Me, too. I am in Wichita now 10mo
mdm139 @BkClubCare I lived in Wichita for two years after college. Still have a house there. I love Watermark Books! 10mo
BkClubCare @mdm139 Watermark Books is awesome! (Haven‘t met many indie bookstores I haven‘t loved 😂) 10mo
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BkClubCare
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“And that‘s Manie, her much-younger brother, who looks to her eyes like an owl, a baby owl she‘d picked up and kept once as a child.” #owlchild
#booklink #coinky-dink When a book reminds you of another! #Chouette #TOB202LongList #TOB #TOB2022 #BookerPrize2021

BkClubCare Lifluence 18092 (edited) 10mo
BkClubCare Chouette is French for 🦉 owl 10mo
BkClubCare 14% Milk Tart = 🥧 10mo
readingonarainyday What do you think of this book so far? 10mo
BkClubCare Good! Some of the phrasing is quite striking. I‘m highlighting a lot. 10mo
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Suet624
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(The housesitting gig that comes with a cat) It‘s not so much the story…it‘s how the story is told. From the way we move from one character to the next, like we‘re watching a movie that pans slowly across the horizon. It‘s the sudden moments where you‘re wondering who the observer is. Is it a spirit? Is it Time itself, dispassionately narrating a life? While I was interested in the story, I will forever remember how I felt as I moved through it.

Leftcoastzen 😻free cat! 10mo
batsy Nice review (and furry friend! 😆) 10mo
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Suet624 @batsy Thank you! 10mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen haha. He was missing for about 32 hours and I was wondering if agreeing to housesit had been a good idea. 😜 10mo
Leftcoastzen Yikes ! Sometimes they hide so well! 10mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen this guy is a roamer. He goes miles away and decides when he wants to come home. So I was the only one concerned. 😂 10mo
nathandrake1997 Exquisite review Sue ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
Suet624 @nathandrake1997 that‘s so kind of you. Your reviews are always so 🔥👏🏻💕. I so appreciate how much you offer in your posts. 10mo
BarbaraBB Fabulous review. I am happy you liked it as much 🤍 10mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thank you, Barbara. I think you liked it but felt removed from it, right? 10mo
BarbaraBB Yes a bit. But I am still thinking about it. 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 👍 I can‘t wait for my library hold in about 6 weeks 😂 10mo
Suet624 @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. 10mo
Reggie Wow, stacked, Sue. What a lovely review. 10mo
Suet624 @Reggie it won the Booker Prize. The Committee who voted can‘t be wrong, right? 😄 10mo
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Cinfhen
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TrishB Cool 👍🏻 10mo
Cinfhen I LOVE bookclub and hubby NEVER says a word about my book buying for bookclub @TrishB 10mo
TrishB It‘s a literary event 😁♥️ 10mo
BarbaraBB Great choices! 10mo
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Suet624
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Because City Hall has so few people actually working in the building many of us are able to flee at lunchtime to quiet areas in the building to read. Reading the tagged book in one of my favorite spots in the building.

Bookwomble You have a beautiful view, there, Sue 💙💚 10mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful! 10mo
ValerieAndBooks I want to come back 😭 ! 10mo
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Hooked_on_books Wow, that‘s gorgeous! 😍 10mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 10mo
batsy You're lucky to have that view 🙂💙 10mo
Lcsmcat Lovely! 10mo
Suet624 @batsy I definitely feel blessed to live in Vermont. 10mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks this summer I see a trip in your future. 🙂 10mo
kspenmoll What a view!!!!! 10mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll it sure is. 💕 10mo
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Graywacke
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My next audiobook, the Booker Prize winner.

JamieArc I really enjoyed this, but wonder how it would be on audio. He does this interesting meandering thing with the narration, where the person speaking changes without you realizing it at first. It took a bit to get used to, but I ended up really liking it. I wonder how that would go on audio. 11mo
Graywacke @JamieArc interesting. I suspect it will loose the ambiguity as the narrator just changes voices. But I‘m curious now 11mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy! 🤍 11mo
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Cathythoughts Looking forward to your thoughts! I loved it 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts thanks, Cathy, good to know. I‘ve actually read enough about it, plus that award, that I think I need to be careful not to have unfair expectations. 🙂 (I will actually start when i drive into work today…shortly) 11mo
Suet624 I‘m reading it right now too! 11mo
Graywacke @Suet624 what do you think? Not sure how much is the reader, but the 1st hour has the feeling of a very assured author to me. (edited) 10mo
Suet624 @Graywacke I‘m really really enjoying it. It feels like a movie that slides slowly from person to person so effortlessly, tell each person‘s view at the moment. 10mo
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BarbaraBB
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And here‘s the winner of the #Booker prize. I am not really surprised, I can understand why it won. Congratulations to Galgut 🎈
I enjoyed reading this book but I rooted for either Bewilderment or No One is Talking About This!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
squirrelbrain I was rooting for the Lockwood too, but this was my second favourite. 11mo
Cinfhen I was also rooting for the Lockwood but I‘m looking forward to reading this one! 11mo
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sarahbarnes I really loved this one, too. But agree with you on the other ones you thought were wonderful. 11mo
EvieBee Yay! I haven‘t read this but I adore him. This is my favorite of his (edited) 11mo
Librarybelle I just bought a copy of this through Book Depository! And, I noticed it also works for #ReadingAfrica2022 ! 😉 11mo
BarbaraBB @EvieBee That one sounds intense, thanks for the recommendation! 11mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Absolutely! I felt sorry when I read it that I hadn‘t waited until 2022 😉 11mo
Suet624 Awww, bummer for Lockwood but now I‘m running to put this book on hold from the library. 11mo
AnneCecilie I was hoping for either Bewilderment or Great Circle (edited) 11mo
Simona I‘m extremely pleased with the winning book 😘 11mo
BarbaraBB @Simona You predicted it from the start! 👌🏽 11mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie I haven‘t read Great Circle. I should probably! 11mo
Simona 🤓🤗 11mo
Graywacke I think you were pulling against the CR grain. 🙂 I haven‘t read any of those three titles yet, but I‘m about to start this. Have my audio copy downloaded. 11mo
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JamieArc
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Wow! The book I was rooting for wins the prize! I wasn‘t planning on reading the Booker nominees this year, but am so glad I did. I really enjoyed many of them, and this one in particular gave me a lot to think about. Congrats, Damon Galgut 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

vivastory The only nominee I read was Lockwood's. I do want to read several of them, including Galgut's, but haven't had the emotional energy for a lot of lit fic lately. 11mo
Cathythoughts Such a great book!! I enjoyed it very much 👏🏻🎉 (edited) 11mo
squirrelbrain I‘m glad I read them all too this year, and I‘m pleased this won. 11mo
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Tonton
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The odds are on The Promise. I love the bookmaking on literature prizes! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/02/damon-galgut-favourite-to-win-2021...

erzascarletbookgasm Makes me want to read it more! 👍 11mo
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charl08
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Mehso-so

Finally finished this one. (Mostly) grim reading.

DrexEdit Sounds terrifically grim. . . . and yet. . . it's blurbed by Rian Malan, whose autobiography I've always thought was a terrific book. I'm tempted! Despite the grimness! 11mo
charl08 @DrexEdit a book framed around funerals was never going to be light, was it 🤔 Hope you have a good read if you get to it. 11mo
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MinnieTimperley
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Now all signed. Such a great evening.

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 43/21

It‘s been a pretty good week. I enjoyed The Promise and The Nothing Man, two completely different books, but bailed on Beloved. Too confusing 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed your reads!! When do you even find the time???? 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I just don‘t function if I don‘t read (have time for myself) so I always make sure I make some time. Unfortunately I too often spend that time on my phone 😬 11mo
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Cathythoughts
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A story about a white South African family, who live on a farm outside Pretoria, a story about death , a story that cuts to the core of their lives. . I experienced the writing and the thoughts as profound , mesmerizing … A book to remember. Gravitas is the word that comes to mind when I think of this book.

squirrelbrain Great review Cathy! 11mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen .. I was really blown away by this one. 11mo
JamieArc This one has stayed with me. I was rooting for it to take the prize until I recently read A Passage North, and found myself loving the narrator‘s reflections. Now I‘m torn. 11mo
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LeahBergen Another wonderful review! 11mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc Ok ! I havnt read A Passage North … I really loved this one though… maybe I‘ll read A Passage …. Time is the problem 🤔😁 we need more reading time 11mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks birthday girl 😘 11mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review Cathy! 11mo
batsy Lovely review! I wasn't too impressed by another Galgut book I read, but your review might persuade me to give this a go ❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Barbara 👍🏻 @BarbaraBB (edited) 11mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks friend X . It‘s my first book by this author … I didn‘t know what to expect.. I was afraid it might turn into used up metaphors & become too obvious & borrowed… he did use some modern common psychology phraseology.. but only a few lines , and in a natural way. I had serious dreams after it ( always a good measure fit me ) 11mo
andrew61 Great review, I've been wondering whether to try it but definitely will do now. 11mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 I‘d love to hear what you think of it 👍🏻 11mo
Tamra Enticing review! Adding to TBR. 🤓 11mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I hope you will like it … look forward to your thoughts whenever you may get there 11mo
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charl08
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Switching between this and A Passage North.
Not really sold on either, not sure why.

BarbaraBB I felt the same about this one and didn‘t know why either. 11mo
charl08 @BarbaraBB I've not had much luck with his books, was hoping that this one might do the trick 11mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know him before. I seem to be the only one 😉 11mo
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BarbaraBB
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I did enjoy this story of a white family in South Africa. I liked the style, the many points of view. The atmosphere felt raw at times, magical at other times. A book well worth the #BookerPrize but somehow it didn‘t touch me as much as I expected.

Megabooks Those handlebars look so much more comfortable than US ones! Glad you enjoyed the book. R looks great. 💜 11mo
Megabooks Also, I saw that you got my BD package. 🥳 Your package to me should be delivered today too. We get our mail kinda late. Will let you know. Thanks! 💕 (edited) 11mo
squirrelbrain Fab pic! Sorry the book wasn‘t *quite* as good as you hoped. 11mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s what we call an ‘oma‘ (granny) bike. Quite old fashioned but back into fashion for years now. 👵🏼 🤍 11mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am excited for your package and also that mine reached you so fast! 11mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I‘m sorry too. It‘s me, I can‘t connect to a lot of books lately 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 11mo
Cathythoughts Great pic ! I‘m nearing the end of this one .. it is certainly holding my attention .. 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I am glad to hear that. I was engaged too for the whole time but think I was waiting for some more ‘wow‘ 🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
batsy Creative photography! 😁 I've read only one Damon Galgut book but found it extremely tedious 😬 11mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I am glad to hear that. I thought everyone loved him! 11mo
Cinfhen Cute photo 😍 11mo
BarbaraBB Thanks 😘 11mo
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Cathythoughts
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My little pet , Lisa, is totally cuddled up , for our post walk reading experience.
Good book so far , there is something very immediate about the feelings described , I can relate , I feel like ..Yes ! I‘ve felt like that but I didn‘t have the words to describe it so simply and profoundly

Lindy If I was a gambler, my money would be on this one to win the Booker. 11mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy Oh ! I will take a greater interest as I read ❤️😁 11mo
LeahBergen What a beautiful photo, Cathy! 😍 11mo
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 😘 11mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous pic! 11mo
sarahbarnes I really loved this one! Great photo. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, Lisa, what a cutie 🥰. I‘ve got this book stacked after much Litsy love. 11mo
Megabooks So cute!! 😍 11mo
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes Thanks! I‘m still trying to find time … but loving all the little snatchs I get 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm She‘s a cutie alright 👍🏻❤️ thanks Jessie ! It‘s good so far 11mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Wouldn‘t you just adore them ?! So cute 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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mjtwo
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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4 Oct-14 Oct 2021
Booker longlist 6
Reading this book felt like watching a movie where you are never quite sure which character the camera is going to follow next. I loved it - the narrative style and the particular insight it gave into South Africa. I did not empathise with any of the members of the family, but that did not detract from the experience. Of the longlisted books I have read to date, this would be my choice to win. It was stunning.

Brimful I agree. I think it‘s a classic in the making! 11mo
JamieArc I‘m rooting for this one to win too 11mo
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ClairesReads
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Ooof this novel is an achievement. Galagut‘s narrative approach is unique- but executed expertly. This novel is about the weight of unfulfilled promises in individual lives, families and nations. It‘s one of those reads where at times you might wonder about the significance of small moments or choices Galgut has made but by the end he‘s turned you around and everything has come back to you, asking you to think again from a different view.

BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to read this. Excellent review! 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m hoping to read soon 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB thank you! Hope you both enjoy it 😊 12mo
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nathandrake1997
The Promise | Damon Galgut
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How much does function rely on form to work? That's a question I ponder over at times. Especially when I'm reading something where form is as pertinent as function to the overall reading experience. And reading through Damon Galgut's THE PROMISE was definitely one such experience! (Continued in the comments)

nathandrake1997 ....While much has been written about its function (plot, themes, layers, allusions, etc) in a manner much more eloquent than I can even dream of writing, I instead want to talk about form, or rather, how form and function are almost inseparable in this magnificent novel.... 12mo
nathandrake1997 ....The narrative voice is something that stands out almost immediately. It's like a shapeshifter that takes a certain form pertaining to the requisite function to be delivered and does it in a manner so seamless that the presence of said form is noticed only in retrospect.... 12mo
nathandrake1997 ....This is a generational story where time plays a profound role, so the closest i could get to interpreting who or what this narrative voice is that the book in a way feels like its being narrated by time itself. I mean, is there any other observer whose existence we are aware of who is omnipresent yet oblivious? 12mo
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nathandrake1997 ....Now this might make the book sound like a near 300 page gimmick, but that could be as further from the truth as possible! Even if interpreted as a gimmick, this is one rare gimmick that has so many tricks up its sleeve that the tricks are being pulled out of the hat until the very last word and a few are still left in the hat itself to be unveiled during a re-read! 12mo
nathandrake1997 ....This post is more of a "reaction" than a "review" because I feel incapable of conveying why this book is the absolute masterpiece that it is! All I can say is, I have found a new favourite from this year's Booker Longlist ❤️ 12mo
JamieArc I might be rooting for this one to win. I really enjoyed it too. 12mo
nathandrake1997 @JamieArc I'm rooting for this as well ❤️ Such an exquisite book ♥️ 12mo
Suet624 I love this review. I just finished reading the book and you hit the nail on the head. 10mo
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Thank you so much Sue ❤️❤️❤️❤️ This means a lot ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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