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Glory
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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NAMED A MOST ANTICPATED BOOK OF 2022 BY VULTURE, BUZZFEED, AND OPRAH DAILY Few writers possess a literary voice as inimitable as Bulawayo's...[The] dazzling voices of this novel will draw you deep into its ambitious and mystifying heart. --Vulture From the award-winning author of the Booker-prize finalist We Need New Names, a blockbuster of a novel that chronicles the fall of an oppressive regime, and the chaotic, kinetic potential for real liberation that rises in its wake. Glory centers around the unexpected fall of Old Horse, a long-serving leader of a fictional country, and the drama that follows for a rumbustious nation of animals on the path to true liberation. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup, in November 2017, of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president of nearly four decades, Bulawayo's bold, vividly imagined novel shows a country imploding, narrated by a chorus of animal voices who unveil the ruthlessness and cold strategy required to uphold the illusion of absolute power, and the imagination and bullet-proof optimism to overthrow it completely. As with her debut novel We Need New Names, Bulawayo's fierce voice and lucid imagery immerses us in the daily life of a traumatized nation, revealing the dazzling life force and irrepressible wit that lies barely concealed beneath the surface of seemingly bleak circumstances. At the center of this tumult is Destiny, who has returned to Jidada from exile to bear witness to revolution--and focus on the unofficial history and the potential legacy of the women who have quietly pulled the strings in this country. The animal kingdom--its connection to our primal responses and resonance in the mythology, folktales, and fairytales that define cultures the world over--unmasks the surreality of contemporary global politics to help us understand our world more clearly, even as Bulwayo plucks us right out of it. Glory is a blockbuster, an exhilarating ride, and crystalizes a turning point in history with the texture and nuance that only the greatest of fiction can.
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jlhammar
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Mehso-so

I had a feeling this wouldn‘t be for me and I was correct. I appreciated what she was trying to do with allegory, but can‘t say that I liked it. I never found myself wanting to return to this novel once I set it down. Another that felt like a chore to finish.

And that‘s a wrap for my #Booker2022 shortlist reading. I would have loved to see the Colony make it instead of this or Seven Moons. I‘m hoping Keegan or Everett takes the prize.

rmaclean4 I would live to see The Trees win! 6d
Ruthiella Well done on completing the shortlist! 👏👏👏 6d
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 Me too! (edited) 6d
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BarbaraBB And I am sorry too that The Colony didn‘t make it! 6d
squirrelbrain I too wish The Colony had made the shortlist. Everett for the win! (With Keegan my second choice) 6d
Nebklvr Did you like Animal Farm? Since it was based on that one, I wonder if you detested Animal Farm whether it was likely you would not like Glory. I have feelings of hostility towards Animal Farm from required reading. 6d
jlhammar @Nebklvr You know, I don't remember having strong feelings one way or the other about Animal Farm when we studied it in high school. It seems Bulawayo was very Animal Farm-inspired though so if you weren't a fan, I'd give this one a pass. 6d
Graywacke Congrats on reading the whole shortlist. This one was just tough to listen to (or read). 6d
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Graywacke
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Pickpick

My second from the #booker2022 list was a tough one. A heavy satire on Zimbabwe history that I really enjoyed for the 1st 2 hrs. But it‘s 16 hrs, and by 4 hrs I was exhausted and ready to bail. @squirrelbrain encouraged me to keep listening, and I‘m glad I did and glad I met Destiny. It‘s a creative and important work, both moving and exhausting, and a lesson on Zimbabwe and the seriously awful legacy of Robert Mugabe.

BarbaraBB I still don‘t dare trying this one. I really think I won‘t like it… 3w
squirrelbrain Great review - and I‘m glad you persevered (and liked it in the end - I‘d have felt terrible if you didn‘t! ) @BarbaraBB - I think you‘ll feel the same as Dan and me. I really didn‘t want to read it, it was OK to start with then dipped in the middle, then got much better at the end. I think physical maybe better than audio as you could skim read the middle bits! 3w
batsy I've been feeling quite nervous about this one and Seven Moons from the longlist, but I appreciate your review. I'm somewhat prepared for what might be a slog (in parts) but that might also surprise me, in a way! 3w
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BarbaraBB @batsy I am a bit nervous for Seven Moons too but am starting it when I have finished my current book 🤞🏽 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks, I‘ll read it that way! 3w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB yeah, what @squirrelbrain said. For what it‘s worth, the beginning is better than you might imagine from these comments. 3w
Graywacke @batsy well, it sounds like you have the right impression. But also you might have a very different reaction. I don‘t know anything about The Seven Moons, so I‘m carelessly curious. I‘m hoping to read it in…January 😁 3w
jlhammar Planning to start this (in print) and Seven Moons soon, but am not overly excited for either. Hoping to be pleasantly surprised. Thanks for the great review! 3w
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charl08
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

If I don't write, then who will I blame when I wake up one day to find myself in the belly of a crocodile that calls itself History, that devours the stories of everyone else and goes on to speak for us?

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charl08
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

Isn't it something, Destiny, how sometimes stories will raise the dead, as if they are not dead at all but alive in our mouths, only waiting to be animated by our tongues?

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jlhammar
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Friday #bookmail. I wasn‘t really drawn to Glory, but going to give it a try now that it has made the #Booker2022 shortlist. I‘m reading the Ward with my IRL book club next month. Really looking forward to it!

TrishB Really enjoyed the Ward. 4w
batsy I am so not keen on Glory but want to sort of make an attempt with the shortlist 😅 I'll keep an eye out for your review. 4w
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charl08
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

Lozikeyi whips such a sonic surge the goat feels her head hum; tholukuthi music competes from blaring radios and speakers: a hubbub of voices rises, falls, fades and rises again, cars stutter, roar. rumble and raise dust: playing children's shrieks and chants paint the air the colour of their unbridled joy.

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Addison_Reads
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Pickpick

A pick, but not a very solid one.

Glory started off being a hell of a story. It's unique modern spin on Animal Farm instantly hooked me and the writing was phenomenal...at first. Then the repetition begins. I felt like the author was smacking me in the head over and over with the same ideas, but not letting the story fully develop. Just when I almost gave in, it picks up and ends on a high note, but that middle part was difficult to get through.

jlhammar Good to know! I wasn't initially drawn to this one, but now that it's been shortlisted going to give it a try. 1mo
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charl08
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

...words not only mattered but they were power. Words were muti. Words were weapons. Words were magic. Words were church. Words were wealth. Words were life.

So inspired was Tuvy by the realisation that he rechristened his new pet parrot with the name New Dispensation...

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BookwormM
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
Panpan

#BookerLonglist2022 Book11

I hate to say this but I really disliked this one so it is bound to be shortlisted and probably win🤣🤣

I appreciated what the author was doing with the story but man did it drag.

This is an important story that people need to hear I personally didn‘t feel this was the right format for the telling.

BarbaraBB I don‘t feel tempted to read this one at all… 1mo
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charl08
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo

What exactly is this meeting that is, from the look of it, the great grand mother of all meetings, about? Thinking What kind of gathering is it that takes place at such a time of witches and strange monsters? Thinking. Have my feet accidentally brought me in the middle of something here? Thinking, Why is it just dogs at this meeting, as if they're the only animals in the Seat?

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charl08
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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The Father of the Nation found himself cornered by an enemy against whom he couldn't set his famed Defenders, yes, tholukuthi an enemy that couldn't be tortured, couldn't be raped, couldn't be dis appeared, couldn't be assassinated. He thus faced Age with nothing but anger and his English, lamenting that for all his power and glory he couldn't banish the wretched foe from his life...

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squirrelbrain
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Pickpick

I had a real love / hate rollercoaster with this book. Before I started I was prepared to dislike it, as it‘s not really ‘my thing‘. I actually really liked the first few hours on audio, and then it got *really* repetitive and boring. I‘d have bailed had it not been a #booker2022 book.

However it picked up again later on and I ended up really appreciating it. (I can‘t say like / enjoy as it‘s not that kind of book). ⬇️

squirrelbrain The repetition started to make sense and add to the story. It still won‘t make my shortlist, not quite, but I can see why it could make the actual shortlist. 1mo
squirrelbrain That‘s my last long list book - I‘ll post my shortlist thoughts in the next day or two. 1mo
Cinfhen Congrats on completing the list 🙌🏻❣️can‘t wait to hear your overall thoughts 🥳 1mo
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TrishB Well done 👍🏻 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Look at you! Looking forward to your shortlist! 1mo
AnneCecilie Looking forward to your shortlist. I haven‘t even started on the longlist, but have bought some and has one out from the library that I have started reading. Hopefully your list will help me prioritize my reading 1mo
charl08 Wow, you've done them all 💪 Looking forward to hearing your shortlist. I'm just hoping to have a few more in before the 6th. 1mo
Ruthiella Congratulations on finishing the longlist! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
JamieArc I‘ll be excited to see your list. I‘m currently reading After Sappho, and while it‘s okay, I‘ll probably read it slowly over the next month or two and move on to The Trees. I have high expectations for that one. 1mo
jlhammar Wow, well done! I've loved reading all of your booker reviews and look forward to your shortlist thoughts. I should finish Case Study within the next couple of days. Might not be able to finish Booth & Maps (and now maybe Nightcrawling?) until next weekend, but hopefully before the shortlist announcement. 1mo
Cazxxx Well done for reading the long list! I got bored with this one too and it won‘t be a book I will remember 1mo
squirrelbrain I wouldn‘t rely on my list for your reading @AnneCecilie - it‘s bound to be completely wrong! 1mo
squirrelbrain I would definitely prioritise The Trees over After Sappho @JamieArc - it‘s SO good! 1mo
squirrelbrain @jlhammar - I‘d read Maps and Nightcrawling first, they‘re on my shortlist, whereas Booth isn‘t. But who am I to say - I‘m sure I‘ll be completely wrong! 🤣 1mo
batsy Congrats on finishing the longlist! 🙌🏾 I'm on book 2 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain Not far to go then! @batsy 🤣 1mo
AnneCecilie I think you have good taste in books. You were one of the few who loved Flamingo and I did too. 1mo
Graywacke Wow, you finished the whole list! Very impressive and very cool. 🙂 1mo
squirrelbrain I did a post of my very own shortlist @Graywacke - hopefully this link will work…. squirrelbrain's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/Q0hQZ2FqQUFV 1mo
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Graywacke
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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I started this today, a 16-hour audiobook. So far it seems like an Animal Farm-like take on Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe, but as a rant, if a smart one. I‘m entertained, (and thinking a little about Márquez‘s The Autumn of the Patriarch, and that scene in Parasite where a character imitates Kim Jung-un.)

squirrelbrain I‘ve been listening to this for a while…it‘s a long one! It dipped a bit, as it became rather repetitive but has picked up again now. I‘ve got 6.5 hours left. 1mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain You made some serious headway. I think it could be shorter but it‘s stretched out a lot because the reader reads as if they are performing on stage. Also - interesting about the repetition (Márquez did the same.) My worry is I feel like I can sum one everything in one sentence and capture the whole. But so far I‘m continually entertained. I‘m only 1 hour in. 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve been hesitant about this one but your post is encouraging! 1mo
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Graywacke @BarbaraBB I‘m only 10% in. 🙂 1mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain I‘m starting to really struggle with this audio. 😐 1mo
squirrelbrain Where are you up to? I think I was at around 30 - 40% when I nearly bailed. It gets better again once you meet Destiny, if you haven‘t got to that point yet. 1mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain Thanks. I‘ll persevere a bit more. I‘m about 5.5 hours in. Roughly 30%. 1mo
squirrelbrain That sounds about right Dan - you‘ve got a bit more to battle through yet though… 🙄 That‘s the problem with audio - you can‘t really skim read like you can with ‘physical‘ books. 1mo
Graywacke @squirrelbrain I swear the reader gets slower whenever I want to go faster. 😑 1mo
squirrelbrain And the repetition does get worse for a while too…. 1mo
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thereflectiveflaneur
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Pickpick

Nigeria‘s answer to Animal Farm! Loved her first novel and this was a great shift in style.

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ClairesReads
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Pickpick

Animal Farm meets the downfall and aftermath of Mugabe‘s regime in Zimbabwe. Glory is a clever, and quite demanding satirisation of a complex, messy, political environment. Bulawayo digs into some interesting ideas about the impact of colonisation, political corruption, cultural conflict, and international relations with vibrant, original voice. I enjoyed this reading experience but it was just a smidge inconsistent

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rmaclean4
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag for me. At first I thought the repetition was effective and then it was distancing. The characters being animals did not work for me. I appreciate learning more about Zimbabwe and the story of Destiny was very moving. I think this could have been a much shorter novel and been more effective. 3 🌟
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@MicheleinPhilly @batsy @charl08 @vivastory @squirrelbrain

charl08 I think I'm going to struggle with this one, finding my current Booker one long also! 2mo
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rmaclean4 @charl08 I did struggle. Listening to the audio book helped. I am about half way through Booth! Hope to finish it this week. 2mo
Cinfhen I totally agree sometimes less is more. I liked Booth but I do remember thinking it‘s a bit extra - if I‘m remembering correctly it wraps up pretty swiftly after dragging out the story @charl08 2mo
Cinfhen This is one I‘m waiting to see if it makes the short list before I seek it out 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review Rebecca! I didn‘t expect to like this but I did at first. Now, at around 40% the repetition, on audio, is starting to drive me mad! I have ‘with a da and a da‘ as an ear worm. (As well as Tholukuthi - had to look up the spelling for that one!) Nothing seemed to happen either, although I am just getting to Destiny‘s story now so I‘m hoping it may improve. I‘m about 25% through Booth. @charl08 2mo
Ruthiella Hmm! This is the one I thought for sure I would read it, whether it makes the shortlist or not…. The repetition might work better in print. 2mo
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t thrilled to read this and now I know the animals are narrators I‘m even less tempted. In the mean time I am ploughing my way through the one where cancer is the narrator 😳 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB Oh lord. 🤦🏻‍♀️ The more reviews I‘m reading of these books, the less confident I am that I will read more than a handful. 2mo
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Cazxxx
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Currently listening to this as I can‘t sleep. Weird but intriguing!

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Brimful
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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Pickpick

A feminist and satirical account of the 2017 Zimbabwean coup known as Operation Defend Legacy. Bulawayo draws on Orwell‘s Animal Farm and Ancient Greek traditions as her chorus of oppressed animals, largely femal, expose the unraveling of the promise of the coup. At the heart of the novel is Destiny a young returnee whose family history inspires her to resist the violence of those purporting to defend the revolution. A strong Booker contender

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Brimful
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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We hear Nkunzemnyama tell us the dead would like to know where justice is, these decades and decades later. We lower our eyes, we drop down our heads. We hear Nkunzemnyama tell us the dead would like to know what has become of their murderers these decades and decades later. We swallow hard. We hear Nkunzemnyama tell us the dead would like to know when they will be appropriately buried. We swallow hard.

Cathythoughts Great quote ♥️ 2mo
Brimful Thanks. I think it captures the author‘s technique for communicating the horror perpetrated on her country. 2mo
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Brimful
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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And every time Tuvy heard the phrase that his brilliant team had coined to speak to this new chapter of a new Jidada he felt larger than Jidada‘s debt to the IMF. The phrase made him realise that it was true what those who knew about things said about words - which was that they mattered; you could sell even a cake of soil by simply using the right words, have grown animals pull out forks and chow it down without the use of force whatsoever:

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AnneCecilie
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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When you haven‘t visited the bookstore in awhile, this happens.

I regret nothing

DivineDiana As you should. 👏🏻 3mo
JamieArc I‘ve heard a lot of good things about Glory. 3mo
squirrelbrain And why not?! I have the Ellmann on my physical TBR shelf as I have a subscription to #galleybeggarpress (see my recent post!). @JamieArc - I too have heard good things about Glory but I worry it sounds a bit weird for me… I‘ll await your review Anne! 3mo
Brimful Just started Glory myself! Going well so far! 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m interested in Glory too 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
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Onioons
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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#readingbracket22 My favourite reads of the year were Brixton Hill (L Moggach), The Lamplighters (E Stonex), Record of a Spaceborn Few (B Chambers) and Glory (N Bulawayo). Special mention to Three Apples Fell From The Sky (N Abgaryan)!

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Onioons
Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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When at last the Father of the Nation arrived for the Independence Day celebrations, no earlier than 3:28 in the afternoon, the citizens, congregated at the Jidada Square since morning, had had it with waiting; they could've razed the whole of Jidada with their frustration alone, that is, if Jidada had been any other place.

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