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squirrelbrain
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t an easy book to read - it‘s written in Igbo traditional style so the story is told from the POV of the MC‘s chi (or soul).

It‘s also quite a depressing read, about a man who is rejected by his girlfriend‘s family, due to his social status, and all of the terrible things that befall him as a result.

I wouldn‘t say I enjoyed it, but I am glad that I read it....

Cathythoughts I really liked it & am glad I read it too 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
lele1432 I like this cover version! 2mo
Cinfhen I liked it and right now from the #BookerBooks I‘ve read that are shortlisted this is my favorite 1mo
TrishB Have it, but not got to it yet! 1mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @TrishB I think I just struggled a bit with the ‘fantastical‘ element.... I‘d still definitely recommend it @TrishB 👍😁 1mo
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Simona
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Mehso-so

Everything was good, gripping starting point, interesting story about Leila, about dynamic in her (later estranged) family, about her new family - 5 outcast friends, about she-city Istanbul with some glimpses into Turkish history ... till the last part of the story. I was so disappointed with the turn from solid drama to the some kind action/comic scenes. In the name of five friends I was feeling offended by the end. 🤷‍♀️ #BookerPrize2019

Cathythoughts Another interesting review 👍🏻 Another one I‘m not drawn to ... 3mo
Simona #ayupaugust Narrator in this story is a dead woman by the name #Tequila Leila who remembers her life while she is ‘waiting‘ for her brains to stop functioning. @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts I was quite intrigued by the premise of this book, but I was also a little bit hesitant about it, because I tried two books by Shafak before and I absolutely didn‘t like the prose. For me, her language was too sentimental and melodramatic, but not in this book. (edited) 3mo
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squirrelbrain Good choice! I‘m also not sure about this one @Cathythoughts - I think I‘d try it if I could get it from the library, but probably not buy it... 3mo
Cinfhen Those #BookerBooks are so controversial 🙄I don‘t get how they make their determinations 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen It isn‘t a bad book, but also it isn‘t ‘fiction at its finest‘. Definitely in the category borrow not buy ... 3mo
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Kalalalatja
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Panpan

I get why people like it. I even get why it is nominated for The Booker Prize, and I wouldn‘t be surprised if it won. Its themes are great, current and important. It had so many moments of beauty.

But, in spite of all that, I was BORED! I had to stop listening ti this driving home from work, otherwise I was at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel on the highway. 😴

#BookerPrize2019

TrishB Interesting counter opinion 😁 3mo
JennyM Oooo...I love it when one of my fave littens has a different view of a book! Great review - I might just hang fire in reading this x 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Interesting opinion 👍🏻. I‘m looking forward to 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I have this stacked! Interesting to see a different opinion from the majority. Now I‘m more curious to read it. 🙂 3mo
Cinfhen Great review!! Must get to this book!! After @BarbaraBB sang it‘s praises I‘ve been curious to see what this book is all about. 3mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @JennyM @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘m definitely in the minority, but that‘s okay. I‘m pretty sure, it‘s me, and not the book 😅 3mo
TrishB I‘ll say this really quietly, I often find booker prize nominations boring, don‘t let anyone else know though. 3mo
BarbaraBB I can understand why it bored you. I found the children‘s elegies and the stories about Apaches boring too sometimes. But while reading I could skim them, listening you couldn‘t of course! @Cinfhen @JennyM @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm keep that in mind, if you decide to read it. Katja is definitely right! (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts I agree @TrishB 👍🏻. But I did think Orchestra of Minorities was really good. 3mo
8little_paws Yeah this book tried to do too much imo. And the book within a book drove me crazy here. Dare I say by the end it just felt pretentious. 3mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I have got that one ready as it was on offer 👍🏻 I usually end up getting the others on offers too. I just don‘t rush to read them. 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there 3mo
Cinfhen I agree @TrishB MOST of the #BookerBooks are a little pretentious but like @Cathythoughts I really enjoyed 3mo
Cinfhen I just placed a library request @BarbaraBB so I should be able to read this book fairly soon 🤞🏼I‘m thinking I might find myself in Katja‘s camp 😆 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think so too 😂 3mo
JamieArc I often find them boring too! But for some reason, I can‘t stay away. I‘m in the middle of this one, and it feels like the author just finished grad school and is trying to incorporate all her newly-found ideas. (Pretentious). 3mo
youneverarrived I think maybe audio wasn‘t the best way to go for this one as I felt the same, more so the latter half. The more I think about it though the more I appreciate it. I like it more looking back at it if that makes sense. 3mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @Cathythoughts I find a lot of them boring, too, but there‘s always a few that blow me away, so I can‘t stop reading them 🤷‍♀️ @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived yeah, audio wasn‘t the best choice. I liked the boy‘s narration, but the mom‘s was too boring for my drive 👎 @8little_paws @JamieArc definitely pretentious! @Cinfhen there‘s always room in the #unpopularopinion club 😄 3mo
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