Lunarreader in 2018
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List of books read in 2018, updated at every completed book:
1. De Pijn by Marguerite Duras - January, 5th - ****
2. Komt een paard de kroeg binnen by David Grossman - January, 15th - ****
3. De Vrolijke Wijsheid by Alexander Roose - February, 18th - ***'
4. De Blinde Uil by Sadegh Hedayat - March, 3rd, ***'
5. De druiven der gramschap by John Steinbeck - March, 25th - ****
6. Wat is de Wat by Dave Eggers - May, 21st - ***'
7. En dan, als ik weg ben by Guido Van Heulendonk - June, 3rd - ***
8. Gepijnde honing by Johan Daisne - June, 3rd - ***
9. Sofia draagt altijd zwart by Paolo Cognetti - June, 30th - ***
10. Het Grote Vuur by Cesare Pavese - July, 8th - ****'
11. Hoger Dan De Zee by Francesca Melandri - July, 15th - ***'
12. Er was eens over de mens als vertellende aap by Johan Braeckman - July, 21st - ****
After the re-read of De Pijn by Marguerite Duras, a hurtfull short novel illustrating pain and suffering so strong that you actually feel bad yourself, now my second read for this new year: Komt een paard de kroeg binnen by David Grossman.
This is a very weird book, very well written, nicely composed but ... it also breaks you down, slowly, determined, with glimmers of hope in between, but ending dramatically. And it's about stand up comedy!
The story doesn't let you go, so be warned. But read it, it's great, emotional, tender, compelling, sometimes witty and funny but .... is comedy always ending happily?
oooh interesting tastes. TBR is growing much too quickly since I joined this group.
>7 shuwanted: i wish you a lot of success with your TBR pile.... Keep up the good work. :)
>6 Lunarreader: both these books appeal, but I'm especially curious about the Grossman.
>9 dchaikin: hi, yes i did like it. But the setup of the story is rather special and so i can also imagine that some people will not like it at all. Try it. :)
And finally, number 6: Wat is de Wat by Dave Eggers.
After reading and re-reading, reviewing, correcting, for some weeks now.... the masterpaper of my youngest daughter ... i finally finished another book.
I must admit, the first part was a struggle. A tough one. I did put the book aside, sometimes for a few days, sometimes a week and more. Not invited whatsoever to continue.
But in the end, i did read the last 300 pages in a few days. I finally wanted to know how Valentino Achak Deng would do and finally there was this connection with the book and with the main character.
I would not call it a masterpiece, but it brings you to reflect on yourself, your life and it makes you count your blessings. And compared to Valentino Achak Deng, they are endless.
7 : En dan, als ik weg ben by Guido Van Heulendonk. A treefold story about people wandering around in their lives, in their loves, in their memories and futures. Reflections on what was good, what could have been or should have been and still could be. At first complicated, then it gets better with some nice sentences that help you reflect yourself but the end of the novel is strange, all comes together and ends abrupt. Weird.
Number 10 is a top notch read : Het Grote Vuur by Cesare Pavese. What a great novel. Unbelievable. Wrote by the "4 mains" principle with Bianca Garufi. A mirrored novel, strong by what's not told, by the silence. A tremendous effort in silence, in the not writing of the untold, a masterpiece in language control. Great Literature.
11: Hoger Dan De Zee by Francesca Melandri. A nice novel about a recent Italian history of "revolution" and terrorism, and about violence in general, about high security prisons and the people that are condemned but mostly about the people having to deal with this situation : parents, partners, children. How their life goes on with relatives in jail, how they are confronted more with the damage then the actual emprisoned ones, how they struggle ... or not.
It's hard to find authors better than Melandri to describe the everyday aspects of life, the devastating details, the mixed sentiments. An inevitable lovestory mellows the drama, but it ends quite surprising. 3,5 stars for the beautiful sentences, in doubt for star nr 4 but hesitating as the story could have dug deeper but didn't.
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