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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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Cazxxx
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So many of my library holds have come in at once. Going to start with this one as I‘ve been looking forward to it for ages

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rmaclean4
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1 The Lonely Hearts Hotel
2 What is Not Yours is not Yours
3 Caleb‘s Crossing
4 Parable of the Sower
5 NW
6 The Luminaries
7 Oranges are not the only Fruit
8 Gustov Sonata
9 The Master Butchers Singing Club
10 For the Wolf
11 The Master
12 Holding
13 Hotel World
14 A Place Called Winter
15 The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
16 Lincoln in the Bardo
17 Library
18 Library
19 Audio
20 Audio
December #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

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Ellen_C
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WOW!! Excellent novel about Sri Lanka in the 1980s and the Afterlife, both of which are filled with warring factions and violence. Surprising funny in parts but also quite thrilling https://cannonballread.com/2022/11/the-seven-moons-of-maali-almeida-a-novel-elci...

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MinnieTimperley
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There is wisdom and beauty in this book: an appreciation of life in the darkest of tales.

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AnneCecilie
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Evil is not what we should fear. Creatures with power acting in their own interest: that is what should make us shudder.

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MinnieTimperley
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Last night was wonderful. In previous years, the Southbank Centre has hosted readings from the authors before the result. Listening to this year's winner, Shehan Karunatilaka, and last year's winner, Damon Galgut was both thought provoking and entertaining (they both have great wit). Sara Collins was a brilliant host and her knowledge and understanding of the books meant great questioning.

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MinnieTimperley
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MinnieTimperley
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"Evil is not what we should fear. Creatures with power acting in their own interest: that is what should make us shudder." Apt for UK politics at present.

paulfrankspencer Makes you wonder how exactly evil should be defined. 2mo
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charl08
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Congratulation to Shehan Karunatilaka.

Loved this book - a great read.

sarahbarnes I haven‘t read it yet but glad to hear you enjoyed it! 2mo
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Cazxxx
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Well it‘s going to be a while until I get to read this! What did you think of the winner?

#Bookerprize

BookwormM This one was my prediction to win and my favourite of the shortlist so hope you enjoy it 2mo
charl08 Brilliant! Will be buying my own copy when it comes out in paperback. So pleased this won. 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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Just been announced.

I‘m going to read this one later in the week, but I‘m even more excited to read it now than before.

What do you think of this winning the Booker Prize this year?

charl08 👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
jlhammar I was hoping for Keegan or Everett (or even Strout or Garner would have made me happy) to take the prize, but not surprised this won. Hope you enjoy it more than I did! 2mo
mjtwo Struggling through it at the moment… 2mo
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BarbaraBB I couldn‘t get the hang of it. I now feel like ai should try again! 2mo
AnneCecilie @charl08 @jlhammar @mjtwo @BarbaraBB Now I‘m even more intrigued. Apparently this is a book one either loves or hates 2mo
BookwormM This was my prediction for winner and my favourite of the shortlist hope you enjoy it 2mo
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jlhammar
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Well darn, I couldn‘t really get into this one. Had to push myself to finish. Satire is often a miss for me (though I LOVED The Trees) so not all that surprised. It just felt so busy and very dialogue-heavy.

If you‘re a fan of The Sympathizer &/or A Brief History of Seven Killings (both books that I appreciated, but didn‘t love), you might enjoy this more than I did. Great cover art. #Booker2022

Ruthiella Thanks for the “read-alikes”. I‘ve read and appreciated both, but they were work to get through. 2mo
BarbaraBB I liked A Brief History but I couldn‘t finish this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
squirrelbrain I agree - this was just too busy and noisy for me and I didn‘t really enjoy it. 2mo
charl08 Oh, sorry this wasn't a hit for you. I'd quite like it if this one wins! 2mo
jlhammar @charl08 That's okay. I mean, 4 of the 6 books shortlisted were five-star reads for me so that's pretty amazing! Maybe you'll get your wish. I know of lots of other smart readers, like you, who are rooting for Seven Moons. I think it is just an issue of my personal reading taste and probably current mood. Timing can make such a difference! Still glad to have read it. 2mo
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ClairesReads
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I loved this conversations with the dead-style exploration of the complex history of Sri Lanka‘s Civil War. Magical realism is often hit or miss for me, but in this instance it‘s a real winner. This is a zesty, vibrant, grim, critical exploration of the meaningless nature of conflict. It‘s not perfectly paced, but it‘s original, challenging, and engaging reading in equal measure. I wouldn‘t be sad if this won the Booker.

BarbaraBB Great review. I couldn‘t get the hang of it unfortunately and was to impatient to keep trying. 2mo
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Hazel2019
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#Booker2022Shortlist
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A photographer in civil war-torn Sri Lanka that dies & wakes up in the afterlife being given seven moons / days to figure out whether he will choose ‘the Light‘. It describes the not so distant atrocities committed in Sri Lanka. At the same time it takes a very honest and personal look at the life of the Maali. Another book that‘ll stick with me this year.

BookwormM I am hoping this one wins 3mo
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jlhammar
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#Booker2022 shortlist! I am shocked that The Colony didn‘t make it. Four of the six were among my favorites and the other two (tagged and Glory) I haven‘t read yet.

I was laughing while reading the live chat on the announcement video. They started late and someone wrote “This is taking longer than it took to read Small Things Like These!” and someone else “EastEnders is on at 7:30, hurry-up!”

rmaclean4 Looking forward to reading The Seven Moons. I was not a big fan of Oh William. My favorite is The Trees! 3mo
jlhammar @rmaclean4 Loved The Trees! I'd be very happy if that takes the prize. I think I'm going to have to order Seven Moons from Book Depository since it isn't out in the US yet. 3mo
JamieArc Hmmm. I am surprised by this list. Hmmm. 3mo
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squirrelbrain I too am really shocked that The Colony didn‘t make it. Glory and Seven Moons weren‘t my favourites but were two that I thought the judges would pick. I too would pick The Trees to win from this list @rmaclean4 3mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar i have Seven Moons in my "basket" with Book Depository as I type this. I am in the US also. 3mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar I have Seven Moons in my basket also. I have heard such good reviews! 3mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar @squirrelbrain I am shocked too (and somehow not) about The Colony and Spectacular Bodies not making the shortlist. So disappointing! I guess now I have to read Glory… 3mo
Addison_Reads I just finished Glory. It started strong and ended strong, but I admit that I almost have up in the middle because it became so repetitive. 3mo
Cinfhen Whoa!!! This list is SHOCKING!!!!!!! 3mo
squirrelbrain That‘s *exactly* how I felt with Glory! @Addison_Reads 3mo
Addison_Reads @squirrelbrain Had it not been on the Booker list I probably would have bailed. Overall, I'm glad I stuck with it, and I can appreciate it for the message, the author just didn't have to beat me over the head with it. 😁 3mo
Cinfhen @Ruthiella must be disappointed to see two US authors on this list!!! 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I am! 😢😂 3mo
batsy I'm surprised by this just based on reader comments, not from reading it 😆 I thought for sure The Colony would be on it. Didn't expect Glory, Seven Moons, and Oh William to make it. Told myself I'd try to read the shortlist but wasn't so keen on Glory and Seven Moons making it because I'm wary of both—satire and magical realism can be hit or miss with me. 3mo
squirrelbrain @batsy - I was the same with Glory and Seven Moons. I didn‘t love either, but almost expected them to be on the list. It was a case ‘it‘s not you, it‘s me‘ in both instances. I don‘t like magical realism as a genre. 3mo
batsy @squirrelbrain I struggle with it, too. But then I think The Trees basically incorporates both satire and magical realism in a totally lowkey but extremely relevant way, and I loved it. I guess it boils down to how it's written 🙂 3mo
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charl08
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3 out of 6 is better than my usual strike rate!

#Booker2022
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jlhammar Yes, exciting! I was really surprised four of my six favorites made it. Guess I need to give Glory and Seven Moons a try. Not sure how long it will take Seven Moons to get here since it isn't out in the US. 3mo
BookwormM I got 3 as well the other 3 were my least favourites and how did Colony not make it 😳 3mo
charl08 @jlhammar I'm glad re Seven Moons - hope you can find a copy. 3mo
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charl08 @BookwormM I hadn't read the Garner, just about 100 pages into Glory and although I liked the Strout I liked the earlier ones in the Lucy series more... 3mo
batsy @charl08 Is there only one more in the Lucy series (My Name Is...) or are there others? 3mo
batsy @charl08 Ah OK, thank you! I don't want to read Oh William until I've read the ones that came before it :) 3mo
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charl08
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The last of the sweet peas (probably) and the last Booker from the longlist (probably) before the announcement.
I loved this one, kind of a crime story but told from the point of view of the dead man. Given "seven moons" before he has to make a decision on the afterlife, Maali tries to work out what led to his death. Problem is, too many suspects when you've taken work from all sides in a murky civil war (Sri Lanka, 1990).

#BookerLonglist2022

Ruthiella I‘ve also heard that this book has a sense of humor. Did you find this as well? 3mo
Cinfhen Great photo!! Im looking forward to this one 🤩 3mo
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squirrelbrain I think we‘ve had differing opinions on nearly every long list book! 🤣 3mo
charl08 @Ruthiella yes, it's really funny: not enough characters to fit everything in I liked about this book. 3mo
charl08 @Cinfhen one of the ones where I want to buy my own copy. I hope the paperback keeps this gorgeous cover. 3mo
charl08 @squirrelbrain I've really enjoyed reading how everyone has found the books- and the range of responses 😀 3mo
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If you had a spirit on your back whispering in your ear, how would you possibly know? And, even if you did, how could you separate that voice from every other whisper?

#BookerLonglist2022

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charl08
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My fancy pudding reminded me of something...

'We have our job to do.'
'What's our job?'
'We protect the innocent,' says Detective Cassim.
'I thought we protect the powerful.'
'Do we need to discuss this now?' Cassim takes his finger off the button, which causes the doors to close. He curses and sticks his arm out to block the lift's jaws.
'I'm confused about another thing.'
'Get in the lift now!'
'Are we investigating this? Or covering this up?"

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charl08
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The afterlife is a tax office and everyone wants their rebate.

#Booker2022 #4Daystogo #ShortlistSoon

rmaclean4 I am excited to read this! 3mo
charl08 @rmaclean4 I'm enjoying the dark humour. 3mo
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GatheringBooks
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#ArtfulAugust Day 26: #TitleWithPersons - I have been trying to find this Booker Prize finalist in bookstores while in the US to no avail. 😭 Maali Almeida, you are trez elusive.

vlwelser I found it on Book Depository. It ships for free worldwide from the UK. But it takes a while, so maybe send it to your house if you're traveling. 3mo
Eggs Great choice! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! 3mo
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BookwormM
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#BookerLonglist2022 Book 9

Well this is a book that really makes you think. I loved the way this was a kind of murder mystery played out after death with all the possible suspects and all the possible reasons for Maali to be killed. I really enjoyed the rules and regulations of the afterlife and the world building that took place there.

This story also provided me with an insight into a time and place I knew nothing about.

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squirrelbrain
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#booker2022

Sri Lankan photo-journalist Maali wakes up dead, and has 1 week (7 moons) to revisit his life in order to escape being suspended in the afterlife for ever.

I struggled with this, and not only because of weird COVID-brain. It‘s very much like Build Your House Aroubd My Body (Kupersmith) so if you liked that weird dreamlike fantastical world then you‘ll like this.

I didn‘t really get on with the structure either ⬇️

squirrelbrain It‘s written in the second person and the story is essentially the ghost of Maali watching himself navigate his life, so I had no idea who ‘you‘ was referring to most of the time. Dialogue was also confusing; at one point there were 3 real people and 2 ‘ghosts‘ in a van and I had no idea who was saying what to who! Not for me, but very clever so could make the shortlist for those who understand it! 4mo
charl08 Waiting for this from the library, sounds like one that will require me to Pay Attention, not always guaranteed. Just finished am not a fan. 4mo
jlhammar You have me intrigued with the comparison to Kupersmith. Maybe I‘ll give this one a try if it ends up on the shortlist. Hope you‘re feeling okay. I have to attend a wedding this weekend and I‘m a little worried that Covid may finally catch me. 4mo
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squirrelbrain Yes, it definitely needs Attention Paying @charl08 - probably why I struggled, with foggy brain at the mo. Having said that, I think I would have felt the same, whatever, as it‘s just not my kind of book - a bit too weird and wonderful. 4mo
squirrelbrain Getting better thank you @jlhammar 😁 Yes, if you liked the Kupersmith you‘ll like this, I think. I could see a lot of dark humour in it and it‘s very clever but I just don‘t like ghosties and other weird things! Hope the wedding goes OK and you only bring back happy memories! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly This was your last one, yes? Can we get a ranked list, pretty please? 😉 4mo
Cazxxx I have permanent brain fog with chronic illnesses so probably won‘t bother with this one. I‘m not a fan of any books that are like a fever dream either lol 4mo
squirrelbrain Not quite @MicheleinPhilly - I‘m still listening to Glory. I‘m about halfway through but won‘t do much listening until I‘m back out and about in the car again. That won‘t make my shortlist either I‘m sure but I‘ll post a full list when I‘m done - promise! 😁 4mo
JamieArc This was one I was pretty sure I would skip. Still remains true. 4mo
Ruthiella I have yet to read the Kupersmith novel. I have it on hold at the library. I‘ll see how I get on with it first! 4mo
BarbaraBB This will be my next read but I am not very hopeful now! I hope you are feeling better 🤍 4mo
squirrelbrain You might love it @BarbaraBB - I seem to be very contrary with my opinions at the moment! Feeling a bit better thank you! 4mo
Cinfhen Ugh! I just pre-ordered this book but it sounds like something im gonna really struggle with 🤪booooooo and bleh for Covid brain. Hope you‘re on the mend!!! 4mo
LeeRHarry Didn‘t realise this was in second person - not my fave so think I‘ll take it off my library holds list 😬 hope you‘re feeling much better soon! (edited) 4mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @LeeRHarry - thank you for the well wishes. I‘m feeling a bit better, although hubby has come down with it today. I do like to be generous and share everything! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 “Don‘t say I never gave you anything!” 4mo
Cinfhen Oh no!! Hope hubs has a mild case 4mo
Cinfhen The cover art is pretty fantastic though 😍 4mo
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The more I see, the more I am convinced, says the creature. History is people with ships and weapons wiping out those who forgot to invent them. Every civilisation begins with a genocide. It is the rule of the universe. The immutable law of the jungle, even this one made of concrete. You can see it in the movement of the stars and In the dance of every atom. The rich will enslave the penniless. The strong will crush the weak.

BarbaraBB I am so curious about this one. 4mo
rmaclean4 Beautiful cover! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Damn it!!! I said I wasn‘t going to buy ANY books from the #Booker2022LongList and then I go ahead and buy two!!!! #NoShelfControl

Cinfhen Oh yay!!!! and I‘m having them sent to the US because I‘m heading overseas for a little mini family time💜🙌🏻😁 (edited) 4mo
Cathythoughts Mini family time ♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
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charl08 Have a fun trip! Coincidentally I'm just about to start 4mo
squirrelbrain Have a fab trip! I think you‘ll like Case Study. I just got Seven Moons on Kindle. 4mo
Ruthiella 😂 There‘s no 12 step program for book addiction! 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Cathythoughts @charl08 @squirrelbrain I don‘t leave until the 28th of August but I‘m definitely looking forward 🥰 4mo
Cinfhen How true @Ruthiella 😂 (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ll be watching for your reviews @squirrelbrain and @charl08 4mo
TrishB Never say never 😁 have a fab family trip when it gets here! 4mo
jlhammar Ha! Love it. It really is impossible to resist! 4mo
vlwelser 😍😍😍😍 Seven Moons is on my wish list. Basically because it's pretty and not easy to get here. 4mo
BarbaraBB You‘re sooooo predictable ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen You‘re so right @BarbaraBB These impulse buys usually happen at the end of a long and tiring day, when I feel like I deserve a treat 😜so I‘m totally predictable!!! Hopefully I‘ll find time to read them while im in the states @TrishB because if im being predictable (😉) I usually read less while I‘m with the family🥰 4mo
Cinfhen I just watched a YouTube video from Erik Karl Anderson and he named Seven Moons his favorite from the list @vlwelser which is all I needed to hear @jlhammar and once I was ordering one I felt like why not get the other book that caught my attention 4mo
Megabooks Lol!! Sometimes you just gotta do it!! 4mo
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Been at a bit of a loss as to what to read next and then saw the Booker Prize longlist. Thanks go to the person who posted about this quiz that tells you which book to start with! I think I'll try to read as many of these as I can this month. It'll be good to push myself out of my reading comfort zone.

BarbaraBB This was my recommendation too! 4mo
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