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Currey

Currey

Joined January 2017

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#Poland #Blake. An odd little twist on a murder mystery with an old woman astrologer as our MC. It is a wonderful introduction to rural Poland along the Czech Republic border where Catholicism and hunting are cultural norms and where our narrator is a vegetarian atheist. Humorous, sad and dark at the same time, it was my first intro to this Nobel Prize winning author. “...the human psyche evolved in order to defend us from seeing the truth”

BookwormM Hi Currey am I right in thinking you are South African? If you are would you be interested in writing the read around the world blog piece from your point of view? No pressure but would love a locals perspective 😃 7d
Currey Sorry @BookwormM, not South African 6d
BookwormM I wonder who I have got you mixed up with 🤣🤣 6d
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Ancestral Voices: 2 | Etienne Van Heerden
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#readingaroundtheworld #southafrica The story of the miscegenation of an Afrikaner family on the frontier of South Africa and the pull the land itself expresses across multiple generations. A wonderful ensemble of the living and the dead interact with each other and are visited by an investigating magistrate after a family tragedy. The magistrate comes to judge a family whose traditions and blood lines have kept it insular.

Tamra You have piqued my interest! 2w
BookwormM Sounds intriguing 2w
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Cat and Mouse | Gnter Grass
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#readingaroundtheworld #Germany A novella about two friends coming of age during WWII in Germany. The actual events of the book, swimming out to a sunken minesweeper, stealing a medal from a visiting soldier, taking communion, are not as central to the book as the potent tension held in the writing between everyday normal boyish emotions and the dark shadows of a devastating war. Excellent book for my October travel to Germany 🇩🇪

Simona So far I only saw the play in my local theater and I can‘t remember if I liked or not 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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I enjoyed the Pasternak and Ola storyline and the US involvement in the publication of Dr. Zhivago. I was also intrigued by the roles women played in the early intelligence wars, from typist to spy, but I didn‘t think the character development worked very well in that part of the storyline. Nevertheless a bit of a treat for me to read. Picture is just the day‘s harvest to go with the day‘s reading. #hellosunshine

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
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Short children‘s book from Malawi author and Ivory Coast artist regarding problem solving and determination. Loved the cut paper art work. #malawi #readingaroundtheworld

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I was expecting an historical fiction about the formation of Liberia and found myself in a Fantasy super hero tale. Gbessa, our MC, is a wonderful character whose life unfolds in unexpected ways. The other characters were not as well formed but I liked the idea of them. Good first outing for this author. #sjp #bookclubcentral #liberia #readingaroundtheworld

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The Cypriot | Andreas Koumi
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#readingaroundtheworld #cyprus A forbidden love story between a Cyprus Muslim and a Christian. The story takes place in the time leading up to and during the first years of the division of Cyprus between those wishing to be part of Greece and those aligned with Turkey. The love story was not original but the story of the tailor who finds himself in love and the tale of his fleeing to England was great historical background.

Simona I wasn‘t thrilled about my pick either 3mo
BookwormM This is my Cyprus book as well have yet to start it due to Booker madness 3mo
TorieStorieS I had a hard time choosing one for Cyprus! I‘m going with 3mo
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First time author writes a coming of age tale that starts with the classic formula (lost mother, grandmother with tough exterior and heart of gold) but manages to break from the formula to a more interesting path. Two teen girls find themselves in Barbados with their grandmother after living up to that point in Brooklyn NYC with their life challenged mother. Barbados comes through with a warm sense of community. #readingaroundtheworld #barbados

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I needed a break from European literature, so I went to Australia for a good read. Lots of grit, heat, dust and family struggles but it got me out of my slump. #australia #outback

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The Gardens Of Light | Amin Maalouf
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#Lebanon #readingaroundtheworld #persia Written by a Lebanese born author, the fictional story chronicles the story of Mani, a prophet who preached the equality of mankind and the balance of light and darkness in everyone. In 240 AD, Mani came from Jewish Nazarene roots but combined Jesus‘ teachings with Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, the main faith in Persia. I knew nothing of the real Manichaeism religion or Persia so quite a bit of learning.

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Cactus (Original) | Sarah Haywood
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Not as good as The Rosie Project or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, but it is a nice story of a woman able to change her very controlled and controlling ways later in life. The nature of the main character‘s constrained habits also constrain the book and there is no surprise as to how the book wraps up. However, it was a nice break from some of the more dismal books I have been reading.

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Winter (Seasonal) | Ali Smith
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What at first appears to be a simple tale of a mother, her sister, her son and a temporary substitute girlfriend gathering for Christmas, managed to evolve to encompass a whole world of transformation. Puns, Dickens, heads, Shakespeare, the dead, become a seasonal word feast. Such a delight in these first days of summer.

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The Night Tiger | Yangsze Choo
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#hellosunshine #malaysia #readingaroundtheworld #ghost Page turner about a young dressmaker, her stepbrother and a young houseboy set in 1930‘s colonial Malaya. The Malaysia superstition about a tiger who walks in a man‘s skin mixed with Chinese numerology and belief in ghosts sets the stage for a nice little thriller complete with a shared dream environment. Didn‘t care for the love story component but gobbled up the ghost story.

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#Srilanka #readingaroundtheworld. Taking place over only a day and a night, this narrative of a young man fleeing both the govt forces and the Tamil ‘movement‘ recruiters during the horrific Sri Lanka civil war, focuses on the base features of being human. To cry, to bleed, to eat, to defecate and perhaps to dream about touching, loving, surviving. Or perhaps to only concentrate on breathing.

batsy Loved this book. Broke my heart 💔 5mo
Currey @batsy. Yes, even knowing the likelihood of what was to come it was still heartbreaking 5mo
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Summer Solstice and I am reading a short book deep in the Sri Lanka civil war. think I need to go out into the garden. #srilanka

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I finished this awhile ago but I have been hesitant about posting. As I did not find the two main characters likable for the most part, I didn‘t really enjoy reading the book. However, I did think that the author, Sally Rooney, captured the vulnerability, anxiety, and struggles with change that young people experience growing up and also sketched a love affair that was unique and rung true. It was well worth the read but I did not love it.

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#Nigeria First time female author from Nigeria spins a noir yarn with rare wit. However, like all great noir the core themes are quite dark and sobering with sister‘s co-dependency and abusive environments. She doesn‘t quite pull off the ending but nevertheless I rate it a pick.

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#Swaziland #readingaroundtheworld #Eswatini Not my usual read. This is Christian fiction about a western photojournalist attempting to come to grips with reporting on the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland while being overwhelmed with how little he can help. The stories of the children left behind by AIDS deaths is well told. The religious conversion piece less so. I did learn about eSwatini, a small absolute diarchy with an est. 26% of adults HIV+

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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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#Oman #readingaroundtheword #internationalbooker Like unveiling layers this book is an intricate fictional study of three generations and three relatively contemporary daughters whose lives are molded by a changing world. I was given glimpses of Oman‘s history, Bedouin culture, Arabic poetry and the nature of slavery in Oman until it was outlawed in the 1970‘s. Not an easy straightforward read but a delicious feast.

Simona I was shocked about slavery, I didn‘t have a clue! 5mo
Currey Yes, at first I thought I was reading about the 1800‘s because the timeline in this book can be confusing, however when I figured out approx what year it was it was shocking. 5mo
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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#Oman #readingaroundtheworld I thought I should read this before heading on to Swaziland or eSwatini

Simona It is a good story, especially the switching perspective is done well, but it isn‘t the story which would stayed with me ... 6mo
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Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs | ?Abd al-?Az?z F?ris?
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#Oman #readingaroundtheworld A strange and poeticly modern book about a very small village in Oman that is stuck in its ways and condemned to carry its past into a changing future. It is narrated by 7 different characters, including one poet from Saturn and the reader gathers the nature of the discontent, the historical curses, the central place of religion both culturally and spiritually all through these different voices.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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A nice light summer read which makes me think it might actually finally be spring. It kept me reading and chuckling and sometimes that is all you want from a book on a Holiday weekend.

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#OurSharedShelf #OSS Quite a unique read with a touch of true maliciousness wrapped in an emotional truth telling sheath. Also a bit of a comic book but I mean that in the most complimentary way. A violent, raw, charming, witty coming of age as trans tale. How did she squeeze it all into this light little package?

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In Lithuanian Wood | Wendell Mayo
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#Lithuania #readingaroundtheworld Impressive small press offering that weaves the story of an American teacher, Lithuanian interpreter, Lithuanian fairytales and the utter clash of American cultural optimism with Lithuanian culture. Written following independence the characters struggle with their new order after the Nazi atrocities and Soviet bureaucracy. Ex: US teachers staying at old Russian sailor brothel while the Mafia sleep in the lobby.

BookwormM Sounds good and you finished in April 😃👍 7mo
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Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Slow, removed and heartbreaking story of what choices a father makes to give hope to only one of his twin sons. A rare insight into Trinidad in the 1980‘s and its disintegration into corruption and poverty. The book has gotten very mixed reviews because the plot‘s crucial points are played out in the mind of a man we, the reader, can not understand. Haunting. #trinidad #sjpbookclub

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#non-fiction Well researched and well told investigative journalism. Carreyrou took his WSJ reports and spun it up into a book about an exceptional woman‘s ambition and her willingness to jeopardize others in her quest to be the “next Steve Jobs”. Full of intrigue, I all but gobbled up this book.

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#Rwanda This book was authored by Clementine Wamariya and co-written by Elizabeth Weil. It is the story of Clemantine‘s and her sister Claire‘s journey from the outbreak of war in Rwanda through multiple refugee camps and finally to the US. More importantly it is the journey through survival, emotional scars, loss, furious soul eating anger mixed with perseverance and hope. I can‘t review someone‘s life but the telling is powerfully personal.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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#library #non-fiction #reesewitherspoon Ah, so fiction fiend is what I am...

vivastory I feel like we should have cards printed...or a secret handshake 8mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I love Kate Atkinson‘s writing and even though this is not my favorite book of hers it still held my attention. A spy novel in the multi-layered le Carré mode, with Juliet our naive MC learning how when history shifts sides one‘s past can never completely be buried.

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#readaroundtheworld #southsudan From the moment he witnessed his own father‘s beheading we share in the shaping of this smart and slightly hapless young man‘s slow transformation into a skilled killer. The novel is told simply through the boy‘s narration and because it makes you care for him, I found myself feeling complicit as he opted to attempt to survive as a child soldier rather than simply welcome death. Chilling.

RachelO I‘ve started this, but stalled. As you say, it‘s simply told, but it makes it more horrific! I *WILL* steel myself to finish it next week... 8mo
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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir | Cinelle Barnes
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#Philippine This memoir is the inverse of your traditional rags to riches story with the author recounting the disintegration of her family and their palatial home in poetic language. I got a good gulp of life in the Philippines along with this introduction to a strong willed survivor and author. I found the book uneven but life is uneven but well worth the read.

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#readaroundtheworld #southsudan A journalist‘s on the ground reporting regarding the deaths of civilians, women and children in the newest world country of South Sudan. After decades of civil wars South Sudan voted in 2011 to become an independent country and split from Sudan. Since then decades of civil war has only birthed more atrocities rather than true independence as the ethnic people turned on each other. Truly full of despair.

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Spare Life | Lidija Dimkovska
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#readaroundtheworld #macedonia An oddly compelling tale of sisterhood as narrated by Zlata, one of conjoined twins growing up in Macedonia. Their life is severely impoverished, not just materially, but through lack of warmth and affection. The book details a troubled life against the background of the breakup of Yugoslavia, the war in Bosnia, and the continuing violence in the world. The writing is slow and methodical reflecting their lives.

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I found the literary device of speaking to the author‘s unborn (and unwanted) daughter too much of a trick but otherwise found this memoir to be insightful about the role poverty plays in limiting opportunities in the US. I also found her very gutsy and wild grandmother to be inspirational. #sjpbookclub

Cinfhen Great review 9mo
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The Kingdom of This World: A Novel | Alejo Carpentier, Harriet de Ons
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The history of the time prior to, during and immediately after the Haitian revolution of 1791 to 1804 as told through the intimate and immediate experiences of Ti Noël a slave. This first book using what came to be called magical realism gives one incredible insights into the scars that slavery has left on the whole of the Americas #haiti #readingaroundtheworld

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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I loved spending time with this wonderful family which is trying to do what is right when there are no right rule books for raising 4 boys and one penis endowed child named Poppy who wants to grow up to be a girl. The story is probably too simple and endearing to reflect reality but nevertheless it delightfully opened up the conversation that we are all weird, we all struggle against the norms and everyone deserves to be their best self.

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The plot of this story allowed me to learn a great deal about tea but more importantly about the culture of ethnic minorities in China and about the wave of adopted daughters that came from China to American during China‘s one child policy. The characters are complex and well drawn and the ending is satisfyingly predictable.

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Buddha's Little Finger | Victor Pelevin
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#readaroundtheworld #russia Not exactly a Christmas Holiday read, this absurdist book weaves multiple story lines that share one Main Character in a discussion about the concept of “nothingness” and where the conscious exists in this paradigm. Lots of western and eastern philosophy but also delightfully absurd tales of a mash up of cultures and time frames. Worth the read but I suspect I was not the intended audience. #1001

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A quick bright writing style in a thoughtful Teen tale with a Muslim MC. I am making it a pick for diversity and tackling sone issue about not being welcome in the land where you were born. So-so in terms of overall for me but I do not read much YA. #litsybuddyread

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Yugoslavia, My Fatherland | Goran Vojnovic
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Your grandfather was born in Austria, your father in Serbia but they were born in the same town. Your mother is Slovenian but speaks Serbo-Croatian. You were born in Yugoslavia in a town that used to belong to Italy. Your Serbian father was a general in the Yugoslavian army and is now a war criminal. You haven‘t seen him in over 15 years. There is no longer a nation called Yugoslavia. What is your fatherland in this situation? Amazing book.

BookwormM Sounds amazing will have to see if my library have a copy 12mo
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Yugoslavia, My Fatherland | Goran Vojnovic
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#Slovenia #readaroundtheworld I have decided to read this book for this month‘s Slovenia selection. It has gotten good reviews and is free through my library as an e-book. Many of the titles listed for Slovenian writers are not available in English.

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I enjoyed this Coelho although I did not find it to be realistic in regards mental health issues. Also, I don‘t think it really covers Slovenia as it could have taken place in any country recently torn apart by political issues PLUS it was a running joke that no one in the world knew where Slovenia was. I think I need to find another book for #slovenia #readaroundtheworld

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In a Free State | V.S. Naipaul
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#Uganda #readaroundtheworld #1001 This book won the Booker Prize when it came out in 1971. It is three short stories and the one titled In A Free State is about Uganda. The story takes place over two days at a crucial moment in Uganda‘s history when the newly independent state breaks into tribal factions. The incredibly ugly white main characters are drawn with deft strokes and you really experience their fear and their anger.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This is a powerful book in which violence and community gossip weigh down our narrator. Reflecting the troubles in Ireland and the small community judgements arising from any deviation from strictly prescribed behaviors, this stream of consciousness can be both unbearably grim and also humorous at the same time. I found the writing to be pure genius at times and at other times incredibly irritating. In particular, I did not enjoy the narrator‘s

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 13mo
Currey Subtle and nuanced thoughts being translated into mere grunts and two word sentences in the dialogue. The author was presenting the narrator‘s being forced down into dumbness and numbness but it was simply crazy making for me. Also, the author‘s slippery chronology sometimes worked for me and at other times did not work for me. I understand Burns needed to keep the tension focused on the character but again, the balance was sometimes off for me 13mo
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Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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Evidently knights were expected to have help from their squires to put on their armor but were also expected to be able to get on their horses by themselves. I can‘t even understand how they could walk with this much weight.
#reading1001 #knight #1001

Joyfulmimi Where is this? 13mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Finished up this one for #Litsybuddyread. Will hold off on spoilers until the Final Discussion on 10/28 but I did use up all my Kleenex.

GatheringBooks just finished reading this one too, tonight. 13mo
Jess7 🤗🤗🤗 13mo
Jennifer3 I better get on it!!! Sounds like it will be the read I need! 13mo
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My mother loved this book so I had to read it too. Tender tale of a young woman raising herself in the marsh land, part YA and part murder mystery, worth the read.

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Don Quixote: World Classics | Miguel Cervantes
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GR #reading1001 is tackling this classic, Don Quixote, over the next three months. Check it out on GR or join us here on Litsy. #reading1001 #knight #1001.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A somewhat disappointing read for a Booker short listed book. An adventure story in a rather old fashioned way in which you just suspend your belief and ride the fantasy. However, the hero, instead of being swashbuckling, is permanently scarred by slavery and is fearful and without a whole identity. His continuing existential crisis, although completely believable due to his horrific origins, nevertheless does not marry well with adventure.

Abailliekaras Great review, I‘m glad I‘m not the only one who struggled with this! 😬 13mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Well written memoir from a young woman growing up with eccentric parents who believed in home schooling but didn‘t actually home school her. The top layer deals with abuse from one of her brothers and beneath that is the nature of memory itself, particularly memories associated with extreme emotions. There is triumph in the story as she educates herself enough to get into college but also heartbreak at the emotional cost. #nonfiction2018