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Montarville's ROOT 2017


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Edited: Mar 20, 9:57pm 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

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: Mar 20, 10:00pm 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
21 - La Jument verte, Marcel Aymé - 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.


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