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  •  Not a Re-reader, I (12+ / 0-)

    Not when the next great unread book is always around the corner.  But, Austen may be the only author whose books I re-read.  Think I'd re-read The Name of the Rose, East of Eden and Buddenbrooks.  Not much else.

    Did read my first ever M C Beaton Hamish Macbeth mystery.  Meh.

    Am finishing -- practically in tandem -- this year's Pulitzer for fiction, The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson and Clare Morrall's Astonishing Splashes of Color.

    The first is magnificent and worthy of the prize.  If there was nothing of this quality last year, no wonder there was no Pulitzer for fiction in '12.

    As for Clare Morrall, one of my favorite authors (also of Natural Flights of the Human Mind), all I can say is her nom de plume should be Astonishing Flights of Imagination.  This debut novel, a Booker Prize candidate, is stunning.  No one else writing today inhabits the emotionally crippled psyches of her main characters with such mastery as she does.

    Diverting but not thin reads are Sara Alexi's Greek Village novels.  I'm captivated and just finished the third, The Explosive Nature of Friendship.  She wrestles with Big Themes in telling her small quiet tales of ordinary people.

    May read Song of Achilles next.  Or Snow Falling on Cedars? Itching to get to Lisa Randall's Knocking on Heaven's Door.  Perhaps turn to another Chinese author. . .Mo Yan?

    No time to re-read.  Must press on!

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    by Limelite on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:25:26 PM PDT

    •  I am getting the first Alexi (7+ / 0-)

      in the mail on Friday.  The Illegal Gardener.  It says it is the first one, anyway.  B&N didn't list any more, but maybe they will later.

      I love Snow Falling on Cedars.  I have seen those cedars.  :)


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      by cfk on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:34:10 PM PDT

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      •  It Is (5+ / 0-)
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        MT Spaces, cfk, Brecht, Youffraita, melpomene1

        Poignant, humane, and charming.  I think once you visit the Greek Village the first time, you'll be captivated by its inhabitants forever.

        Much in the way the lovely people of Gaborone, Botswana steal into your heart.

        From my Book Journal:

        Juliet is an Englishwoman who, after her nuclear family has both disintegrated and moved on into its adult phase, has bought a rundown home on an island in Greece.  Her need for a yardman leads her to employ Aaman, an illegal Pakistani worker who wants to earn his share of the funds his village needs to buy a tractor.  To do this, he has left his wife behind and traveled at great risk to Greece where he lives in the demi-light of all illegal workers.  This unlikely pair forms a close friendship that extends well beyond the traditional borders of worker and employer. . .
        And I'll stop there w/o a hint of spoilers.

        The second installment is Black Butterflies.

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        by Limelite on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 07:00:07 PM PDT

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