Montarville's ROOT 2017
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Walking to work is supposed to be less expensive than commuting by car or public transportation, but it is not the case for me: there are two bookstores between home and the office.
I will set a modest objective for my ROOT challenge, because I own quite a few thick books, and because I know I will not be able to resist for very long the charms of the bookstores. Fifteen books, including a few big fat ones, is a reasonable objective for me.
1. Hérétiques, Leonardo Padura
2. La Jument verte, Marcel Aymé
3. Le Lecteur de cadavres, Antonio Garrido
4. Humiliés et offensés, Fyodor Dostoevsky
5. Six degrés de liberté, Nicolas Dickner
6. La Confusion des sentiments, Stefan Zweig
7. Pélagie-la-Charette, Antonine Maillet
8. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
9. The Best Laid Plans, Terry Fallis
10. Casse-pipe, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Welcome and good luck! This group is a great motivator to read one's own books. :)
Welcome! This bunch is so motivating. They're also a lovely group of very nice people. I hope you have fun with us.
Ooh, that sounds like a dangerous commute! Good luck with your ROOTing.
Welcome to the group, and happy new year! I hope we can help you meet your goal!
First ROOT completed! Hérétiques, by Leonardo Padura. And it was a thick one, so I am very happy.
From what I can see, it is not yet available in English. It deserves to be translated, it is very good. It all starts when the son of a Jewish Cuban exile finds that a Rembrandt that used to belong to his family (most of which perished during WWII) is for sale in a London auction house. Of course, he wants to know how that painting ended there, who had it during all those years, what did his father do about it, etc. Then, we are taken to Amsterdam at the time the painting was made, and finally we are brought back to modern-day Cuba, where the detective Mario Conde is trying to solve the disappearance of a teenager.
A very good read to start the year.
From your summary, I want Hérétiques to be translated into English soon, too. BTW, who are the heretics in the novel?
I like your goal because it's nearer to my slightly even humbler one (12 ROOTs) and company here at the bottom of the reading ladder is welcome. I tend to dine on fatty books, too.
That is why having to pass 2 bkstrs on the way to work would be fatal for me. I'd never get there, nor, probably, ever return home.
There are many heretics in the book: Jews considered heretics by Christians, Jews considered heretics by other Jews, Christians behaving unchristianly, Cubans who have stopped believing the propaganda of personnal sacrifice for a greater good that will not be achieved in their lifetime...
To make my ROOTing a little more fun, I have decided to play BingoDOG (http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/2017_BingoDOG). I probably won't fill the entire card. Though I have many books that have been on the shelf more than five years or set in a time before I was born, I very much doubt that I have a single one from an author who shares my initials or that was published in 1917. Nevertheless, I think this can be a fun way to choose ROOTs.
2- Le Lecteur de cadavres, Antonio Garrido - ROOT
5 - Hérétiques, Leonardo Padura - ROOT
13 - Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, Haruki Murakami - Does not count as a ROOT, since it was a Christmas gift.
15 - Humiliés et offensés, Fyodor Dostoevsky - ROOT
21 - La Jument verte, Marcel Aymé - ROOT
24 - La Confusion des sentiments, Stefan Zweig - ROOT
20 - A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole - ROOT
1 - The Best Laid Plans, Terry Fallis - ROOT
8 - Casse-pipe, Louis-Ferdinand Céline - ROOT
Good idea! Have fun checking off the boxes with the ROOTS you have! :)
Second ROOT completed! And there are still 10 days left in January. If I keep up the pace, I will make my objective.
Root number 2 is La Jument verte, or The Green Mare in English, by Marcel Aymé. I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. Though that doesn't mean much, since I expect a lot from this author. Another one of his books, The Man Who Walked Through Walls, is one of my favorites of all time.
This ROOT could fit many squares in the bingo card: satire, color in the tilte, set in a time before you born, owned more than five years, etc. I will put it in square 21, book or title about an animal. For the moment. I reserve myself the right to place it elsewhere at a later date if it's more convenient.
>20 Montarville: fun! I love being able to use tangible things like that ;)
My third ROOT of the year is Le Lecteur de cadavres (its English title is The Corpse Reader) by Antonio Garrido. The story is set in 13th century China, and is about the first CSI in history. It's a well written historical novel, and a paghe-turner.
Since I have never set a toe (or any other body part) in China, I chose to use it for the second square of the bingo card: a country where you've never been.
>25 Montarville: Oh wow, sounds like a great story. I'm going to check out Amazon!;)
It took more than a month, but I have read my 4th root of the year. This book, Humiliés et offensés (The Insulted and Injured), has been on my shelves for about twelve years, so it deserves the square "owned for more than 5 years".
I am glad I finally read it. I don't think it's the best of Dostoevsky's works, but it is worth the read.
It took a while, but I have read my 5th ROOT of the year. It doesn't fit any of the bingo squares, unfortunately.
If I keep the pace, I will reach my objective for the year!
I have been reading books from the library and new books lately. This is why my ROOT count is not going up as fast as it was at the beginning of the year. So, to get back on track, I went for the thinest book in my ROOT stack: La Confusion des sentiments, by Stefan Zweig. As Tess_schoolmarm said: a book is a book. And an afternoon with Zweig is always well spent.
I must read Zweig sometime. Journey into the Past is on my TBR because it was adapted into a movie featuring Rebecca Hall and Alan Rickman, called A Promise.
Another ROOT! Once again, it does not fit any square in the bingo card, but it doesn't matter. The point is to reach my ROOT objective, not to get a bingo.
My 7 th ROOT is Pélagie-la-Charette, by Antonine Maillet. It won the Goncourt prize in 1979, and I agree it is an exceptionnal book.
Well done with the ROOTing! Yours is such a dangerous thread, with all those fascinating books. I just read about the Acadians in my non-fiction chunksters, so Pélagie-la-Charette goes onto the wishlist.
#36, I am such a fan of Evangeline and the history of the Acadians that I'm afraid I have just purchased this in translation on Amazon!
I have Pelagie: The Return to Acadie on the shelf. Is it a translation of what you read or a sequel?
>37 MissWatson: Thank you MissWatson! I think too that Acadia has a very interesting history.
>38 tess_schoolmarm: Tess_schoolmarm: Good for you! I hope you enjoy it.
>39 Familyhistorian: Familyhistorian: It is the translation. It must have been very difficult to translate. The characters speak in the particular French of Acadia, and I think this is mainly what gives the book its particular flavour. I am sure the translator found a way to carry it into English, I just don't know what it is.
Another ROOT bites the dust! And that brings me beyond the half way point of my objective. Woohoo!
My 8th ROOT is A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. I bought this book about ten years ago, read a few pages, didn't find it funny, so abandonned it on the shelf where it gathered dust for a decade. I picked it up last week because it is June's reading group selection on The Guardian's website.
I know some people adore this book, but I am not one of them. It is supposed to be a laugh-outloud farce, it barely made me smile a couple of times. I liked the last two chapters (approximately the last 60 pages), I just wished the author would have found a way to get there sooner.
How this book won a Pulitzer Prize is beyond me. I think the jurors gave more consideration to how the book got published (posthumously, after years of efforts by the author's mother) than to its actual content.
Nevertheless, I am glad I read it, if only because of its vivid portrayal of New Orleans (that I had the pleasure to visit for a few days last summer).
>42 Montarville: I've got this on my shelf. Looks like I can safely let it linger a little longer. Great progress towards your goal!
>45 Montarville: Good choice! My favourite Terry Fallis is probably Up and Down, about the space program.
>46 rabbitprincess: So far, The Best Laid Plans is the only Terry Fallis I have read, but I am sure it will not be the last.
I read a novella this weekend, to keep my ROOT numbers rolling. My 10th ROOT is Casse-pipe, by Louis-Ferdinand Céline. It is short, but intense. I have never seen so many exclamation marks in so few pages. (A quote from the third page: "Visez-moi ça l'empoté! Une demoiselle! Jamais vu un civil si gourde! Merde! On nous l'a fadé spécial! Arrive, bijou!")
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