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Member: Sarine

CollectionsYour library (410), Currently reading (1), To read (15), Read but unowned (216), Read in 2014 (34), Read in 2013 (29), Read in 2012 (46), Read in 2011 (58), Early Reviewers (22), Reference (6), Antiques (11), All collections (676)

Reviews38 reviews

TagsMystery & Detection (118), British Lit (78), Agatha Christie (76), Essays & Letters (67), American Lit (48), History & Philosophy (44), Alexander McCall Smith (41), Hercule Poirot (34), Poetry (32), French Lit (31) — see all tags

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About meHi, I'm Sarine. However, people call me Saro which is my nickname of sorts.

I am a voracious bookworm, a film geek, a music enthusiast, and a lover of well turned phrases and ideas.

About my libraryOn Reading: The written word has been my guiding light since time immemorial. It has been my steadfast anchor and my companion in moments of triumph and mass inertia, during quiet, blissful moments as well as during moments of heaving despair. Hence, this corner will be devoted to my voracious hobby where I will share my thoughts about the books I happen to be reading, the titles that have tremendously changed my outlook on life, and the Great Classics that seduce, comfort, as well as devastate me.

My Library Thing: My library collection is small, but cherished. Since I joined Library Thing, I have included an updated inventory of my library. I take great care in purchasing books nowadays leaning heavily on classics, essays and memoirs, and literary fiction among others. However, I have abstained from purchasing any series that I read avidly for I'm an all or nothing kind of girl; instead choosing to borrow the entire Alexander McCall Smith, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers series of books from the public library.

Caveat: I have excluded nutrition and fitness books, dictionaries, travel guides, and the odd Armenian language book from my LibraryThing library which is not listed in the Library of Congress.

GroupsAgatha Christie, Anglophiles, Arab, North African and Middle Eastern Literature, Historical Mysteries, I Love Jane Austen, Loitering with Intent, Old Mystery & Detective Club, Proust, Tea!, The Chapel of the Abyssshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresArgo Book Shop, Odyssey Books

Favorite librariesBibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec - Grande Bibliothèque, Concordia University - Webster Library, New York Public Library - Grand Central Library

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Real nameSaro

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Member sinceApr 10, 2009

Currently readingHockey Night in Canada and Other Stories by Diane Schoemperlen

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Dear Saro,
I'm afraid I have a complaint about your SantaThing choices for me. Our Christmas celebrations - which included our 15 month old granddaughter, granddaughter's parents, in-laws, various nieces and nephews - were severely threatened by lack of participation by yours truly. I opened my SantaThing parcel last night and started reading Forms of Devotion right away. What a fabulous book! It's something I would NEVER have chosen myself and yet I'm savouring every word with such pleasure. And I want to share it with all my friends and family! It's simply the best. And I'm so very pleased with La's Orchestra, a book I've been wanting to read for ages and one that constantly has been bumped down. Having dipped into it a little last night, I now know I shouldn't have put it off and am so glad you got it for me. This is why I sign up for SantaThing for wonderful wished-for books and extra-wonderful unknown books. Thank you so very, very much for two, absolutely perfect, choices. :)

But, getting back to my you realize that my family actually expected me to socialize with them all day today and do those - you know - Christmassy things?? All I wanted to do (well, maybe, really, just a part of me) was curl up and read my new books from my SantaThing. Thank you Saro, again.
katylit (Katherine)
Hello, Saro, thank you very much, you have now doubled my knowledge of Armenian writers!
Merci, Saro, pour votre interet dans mon chaos de livres. It is nice to hear from someone who shares interest in the life of the word and the afterlife of literature.
Merci, Saro. I`ve been watching what`s going on in Syria... hope things calm down quick.
Hi, Saro, do you often meet people who've never heard of Armenians? Shocking. About Egoyan, I saw Exotica when it came out (don't remember much, except that I liked it), Felicia's journey (negative impression, but due to disliking Trevor's story, I think) and Ararat, which moved me profoundly, and which I often recommend. My favourite Paradjanov, I've learned through years, doesn't click immediately with many people, even those who like his other movies. I suspect the very features which make it MY favourite (the almost complete reliance on picture-book visuals, dreamy atmosphere accentuated by the slow tempo, poeticisation of the narrative etc.) confound many who prefer more conventional filmmaking. For my part, it was love at first sighting in my very first year of independent movie-going (subscription to the local cinematheque), aged fourteen, first year of high school...

I've been to Aleppo; sadly not at an age when I could appreciate its riches. We lived in Damascus (to this day my favourite city) and later Latakia, a small port town facing Cyprus.
Hello, Sarine, I'm thinking you must also speak Armenian! My first teachers were mostly Armenians (although not of the language itself, I am sorry to say), in the seventies, in Syria. Could you by any chance make some recommendations for the self-learner of Armenian here in Canada, and about the literature, classic and contemporary? My number one favourite film of all time (so far, and it's been 25 years now), is "The colour of pomegranate" by Sergei Paradjanov (or Paradjanian). It introduced me to Sayat Nova, and that's what my knowledge of Armenian lit amounts to. Thanks in advance for any ideas!

I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying the books. I hope you enjoy "Fathers and Sons" as it's one of my favourites.

All the best,

- A.
Dear Saroshig,

Thanks for the "interesting libraries" pick. I love your statements under about me/about my library. I notice you're a member of Le Salon Litteraire du Peuple pour le Peuple. I hope we "see" each other around there, especially during the group reads. In the meantime, I'm going over to take a look at the Old Mystery and Detective Club.

My best.

I had you for santathing this year. If you've received your books, I hope you greatly enjoy them. I know that I had a great time picking out books for you, and also really liked browsing your library.

All the best,

Thanks so much for marking my library interesting! Your statement about your library is lovely; you describe reading w/such passion & beauty.
Oh, excellent! Thanks so much for the link. I have a library book around here on Proust by Joshua Landy--I've not read it yet, but I hear it's one of the best modern works on Proust.

You reminded me that I have had Anja the Liar uncatalogued in my bedroom for ages! Horrors! I am going to grab it now and enter it into my library. (With the tag "2010?", which means "will this be one of my five million unread books that I will read next year?" :)

I did read 84, Charing Cross Road (very touching) and reread a lot of Jane Eyre (I come to appreciate and love it more and more). And I picked up copies of Awareness and A House for Mr Biswas. (I should put a "saroshig" tag on them--I often tag my books according to who recommended them to me.)

I'll report back when I've read Anja!
Best wishes,
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