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Montarville's ROOT 2017


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Edited: Jul 9, 7:47pm Top

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

Jan 1, 8:45pm Top

Welcome and good luck! This group is a great motivator to read one's own books. :)

Jan 2, 1:42am Top

Welcome! This bunch is so motivating. They're also a lovely group of very nice people. I hope you have fun with us.

Jan 2, 9:22am Top

Thanks for the warm welcome!

Jan 2, 1:17pm Top

Ooh, that sounds like a dangerous commute! Good luck with your ROOTing.

Jan 2, 5:01pm Top

Welcome and good luck with avoiding the bookstores!

Jan 2, 7:39pm Top

Welcome & Happy 2017 ROOTing!

Jan 2, 10:08pm Top

Welcome to the group and good luck with your goal!

Jan 3, 7:06am Top

Welcome to the group, and happy new year! I hope we can help you meet your goal!

Jan 4, 4:42am Top

Welcome to the ROOTers and Happy Reading.

Jan 6, 7:50pm Top

Happy 2017 rooting!

Jan 6, 8:05pm Top

Well, some of us like to live dangerously...

Jan 6, 8:07pm Top

Thank you all for the warm welcome!

Jan 7, 4:42am Top

Welcome! We have similar sort of goals.

Edited: Jan 8, 4:10pm Top

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.

Jan 8, 4:27pm Top

>15 Montarville: Sounds like a great read!

Jan 8, 4:43pm Top

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.

Edited: Jan 9, 3:45pm Top

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Jan 9, 3:46pm Top

­­­­­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...

Edited: Jul 9, 7:48pm Top

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

Jan 13, 9:20pm Top

Good idea! Have fun checking off the boxes with the ROOTS you have! :)

Jan 14, 4:23am Top

>20 Montarville: Love it! It looks really doable.

Edited: Jan 21, 1:47pm Top

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.

Jan 23, 12:03pm Top

>20 Montarville: fun! I love being able to use tangible things like that ;)

Edited: Jan 28, 10:58am Top

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.

Jan 29, 5:03pm Top

>25 Montarville: Oh wow, sounds like a great story. I'm going to check out Amazon!;)

Mar 20, 10:16pm Top

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.

Apr 8, 2:28am Top

Hi MV, just passing by to say Hi!

Edited: Apr 20, 11:54am Top

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!

Apr 20, 12:13pm Top

A book is a book is a book! Congrats

Apr 21, 3:46am Top

Congrats on your progress!

Apr 27, 11:02pm Top

What they said -- and you're already a third of the way there!

May 21, 8:27am Top

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.

May 21, 8:49am Top

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.

May 23, 8:07pm Top

>33 Montarville: yep, a book is a book! Congrats on another ROOT pulled :)

May 28, 10:50pm Top

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.

May 29, 5:31am Top

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.

May 29, 7:38am Top

#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!

May 31, 11:31pm Top

I have Pelagie: The Return to Acadie on the shelf. Is it a translation of what you read or a sequel?

Jun 1, 2:45am Top

>39 Familyhistorian: Your touchstone links to a stray copy (probably because the author's surname is missing), but in the main entry under Antonine Maillet that is the title of the English translation.

Jun 2, 9:50pm Top

>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.

Edited: Jun 13, 9:57pm Top

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).

Jun 13, 11:05pm Top

Congrats on making the 50% mark!

Jun 15, 4:21am Top

>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!

Edited: Jul 7, 10:15pm Top

My 9th Root is The Best Laid Plans, by Terry Fallis. For Canada's 150th anniversary, it was a fitting read. Set in Ottawa, the novel (gently) mocks Canadian politics. It made me laugh quite a few times. A good summer read.

Jul 9, 7:54am Top

>45 Montarville: Good choice! My favourite Terry Fallis is probably Up and Down, about the space program.

Edited: Jul 9, 7:42pm Top

>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.

Edited: Jul 9, 7:43pm Top

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!")

Jul 21, 2:40am Top

Good job and congrats on passing the half way point.


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