Time for some "serious" reads....
So deserving of the Pulitzer. I‘d never read anything from this perspective on the Vietnam War before. It pulled apart a lot of the mythology around Vietnam (in the west at least) and made me feel like I was looking at it for the first time. Very difficult to read at times, but it wouldn‘t have been as meaningful if it wasn‘t and I‘m glad it made me so uncomfortable.
A particularly timely and painful book for the day Boris Johnson takes office.
I had to take my lunch break right after hearing the news about Boris Johnson to go and try to cope outside the office. It‘s not a surprise, but that doesn‘t make it less bad.
Trying to take solace in the two books I‘m reading and the play I‘m using at work - all of which would be coincidentally great ones for Boris to try learning from. I feel quite numb right now, but all there is to do is get comfort and energy where I can and keep going
Blurb says ‘It‘s a debut from Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, told through the recollections of an un-named communist spy, who doubles as a trusted lieutenant to a South Vietnamese General..it casts a wide net and a new, Vietnamese perspective over a war that has been largely mythologised and romanticised in American storytelling.‘
I may read this for #Booked2019 🤔
This an epic novel- expertly & creatively written from the perspective of a secret agent writing his confession of his involvement with the war in Vietnam. The writing is rich and plums the depth of the war, the refugees & other players in this war. Hard at times to read, but brilliantly written.
1. Hoping to read the tagged book soon.
2. How to Be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery
3. "I am still learning how to be a good creature. Though I try earnestly, I often fail. But I am having a great life trying." I want to keep reminding myself to practice kindness everyday, to set a good example to my kids.
The wonderful @Cinfhen is having a giveaway #TwoSweetGiveaway of some lovely titles - most of which are on my TBR. (On second thoughts don‘t draw my name - it‘s too far to send that many books!)
PS I don‘t know why my parcel to you hasn‘t turned up yet 😒 I‘m back home in a week and I‘ll go check it with the post office.
A re-telling of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, The Sympathizer is the story of a Communist double agent. It includes a withering satire of Francis Ford Coppola through a fictionalization of the filming of Apocalypse Now.
“Fabricated of supple brown leather by an esteemed New England manufacturer, the rucksack smelled richly, mysteriously of autumn leaves, grilled lobster, and the sweat and sperm of boys‘ boarding schools.” Whatever New England manufacturer could it be? 🤔😋 #24B42019 #readathon #localflavor #brunchbook #coffeeme
“...a renowned television anchor who modeled his enunciation after Moses, as played by Charlton Heston.” 😂
Sometimes your reading is dictated by whatever‘s in the car when you make an impromptu donut stop after having blood drawn.
I don‘t know if I‘ll have any #sympathy for the main character of this book, as I‘ve yet to read it. However I think the book will fulfill one of the prompts for next year‘s reading challenge. 🤞
Thanks for hosting, @Billypar and @Cinfhen ! 🧡🧡
I'm heading out on a 2 week vacation Monday night, so I'll be reading exclusively from my kindle during that time. Here's the immediate tbr stack for when I get back-- plus the new Barbara Kingsolver which is on its way to my house! Which one should I start with!? 🤔
I‘ve put off reading this one for too long, so started it this morning. I‘m anticipating a slow not exactly page-turning book that I won‘t overly enjoy, but will be glad to have read. Those who‘ve read it: is this the case?
Life got in the way and I‘m sad it took me so long to finish this book because it was fantastic!I‘ve read a lot of good books this year but this one was the most thought provoking and unique book I‘ve read in a while.I love when books expose me to completely new worlds and perspectives.I learned about the Vietnam War in school but this was from such a different angle that it makes me want to read his other book Refugees.I highly suggest reading!
I know I‘m in the minority here, but this was just okay for me. There were parts that I enjoyed, but I just couldn‘t fully get into it and I had to push myself to finish it. 🤷🏽♀️
Is it tacky to organize someone else‘s Little Free Library? Asking for a friend. 😬 But seriously, I LOVE that this is right across the street! And I picked up the tagged book and delivered a few from my porch purge collection.
What fun to arrive to #birthdayMail from the EVER generous and amazing @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗🎉💗Thank you so much for the card and lovely gifts!!! I‘m so envious of your stunning penmanship and artistic wrapping skills🙌🏻 I‘m looking forward to both books although Niki already called The Marriage Lie as her weekend read❤️ CUTE bookmark #BOTMbuddyRead
I had high expectations for this one, and The Sympathizer subverted those expectations at every turn, being more intense, more hilarious, more upsetting, more philosophically disturbing, more challenging, more eye-opening. I really struggled with it emotionally until the end, when I just couldn‘t put it down. Now having finished it, I expect this book to illuminate and haunt my thinking for years to come.
Just realised I hadn‘t reviewed this one, and I did want to say something.
The end of this book is seriously fucking disturbing folks. I don‘t generally react to books, but this sucker gave me a panic attack.
Definitely worth a read if you are up for it, but TW for a brutal rape scene and torture.
I‘ve been meaning to read this. I just made a quick donation drop at Savers this morning and stopped for a peek at the books. I found 3 but I just can‘t process this big ugly Savers sticker. I mean didn‘t they see this book is a Pulitzer Prize Winner and Andrew Carnegie Medal recipient? Book blasphemy I tell you!! Naturally I will be removing it! 😉 #pulitzerprizewinner #thriftfind
“[T]he mall was bordered by an example of America‘s most unique architectural contribution to the world, a parking lot. Some bemoan the brutalism of socialist architecture, but was the blandness of capitalist architecture any better? One could drive for miles along a boulevard and see nothing but parking lots and the kudzu of strip malls catering to every need, [...] each one an advertisement for the pursuit of happiness.”
“I was careful, then, to present myself as just another immigrant, glad to be in the land where the pursuit of happiness was guaranteed in writing, which, when one comes to think about it, is not such a great deal. Now a guarantee of happiness—that‘s a great deal. But a guarantee to be allowed to pursue the jackpot of happiness? Merely an opportunity to buy a lottery ticket. Someone would surely win millions, but millions would surely pay for it.”
“I pitied the French for their naïveté in believing they had to visit a country in order to exploit it. Hollywood was much more efficient, imagining the countries it wanted to exploit. [...This] marked something new in the world, for this was the first war where the losers would write history instead of the victors, courtesy of the most efficient propaganda machine ever created [...]. Our fate was not to be merely mute; we were to be struck dumb.”
“I naively believed that I could divert the Hollywood organism from its goal, the simultaneous lobotomization and pickpocketing of the world‘s audiences. [...] Hollywood did not just make horror movie monsters, it was its own horror movie monster, smashing me under its foot.”
Clear resonance here with Adorno‘s critique of the culture industry, further complicating this book‘s dialectical engagement w/ Marxist criticism.