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Leuntje's reading in 2010

Club Read 2010

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1Leuntje
Edited: Jan 6, 2010, 4:27am Top

In 2008 and 2009 I posted in the 50 books challenge, but now, I don't want to worry about numbers anymore. I just want to read; as many or as few books that come along in 2010.

The threads of 2008 and 2009 can be found here:

2009: http://www.librarything.nl/topic/53460
2008: http://www.librarything.com/topic/37348

2Leuntje
Edited: Feb 6, 2010, 5:59am Top

The first book I read this year was a re-read. I'm writing a paper on this book.

1. The castle of crossed destinies - Calvino
I liked the concept of the book: travellers are under a curse, so that they can't speak. By pointing out images on tarot cards they tell their stories. The narrator translates for us, readers, the images into stories. But we can also construct our own stories with the same images, because the images are printed in the novel.
However, after the first three stories I got the idea. After that, the other stories got annoying. Also the narrator worked on my nerves: he was over-interpretating.

3/5

126 p.

3Leuntje
Jan 11, 2010, 5:20am Top

2. Sexing the cherry - J. Winterson
A woman, a giant - or not?- lives in the 17th century in Londen - or not?. She lives with her adoptive son Jordan. Fantasies and memories about the 17th century are mixed with those of the 20th century. This novel is like sexing a cherry: putting a tree upon another tree.
Funny, witty and stories like fairy tales.
I like this kind of novels.

4/5

4Leuntje
Jan 19, 2010, 1:02pm Top

3. Dr. Zhivago - Pasternak
I thought this was a romance, but it wasn't really. It's a novel about the Russian history and its influence on the characters in the novel. How do they survive? It's also about their thoughts on life, poetry and family.

Difficult to keep track with all the Russian names, as in any Russian novel.

4/5

5Leuntje
Jan 21, 2010, 3:43am Top

4. Disgrace - Coetzee
The first book in a very long time that kept me from sleeping. (Because I wanted to read it instead of sleeping.)
A professor gets fired because he's slept with a student. He goes to see his daughter on a farm in South-Africa. There stands something between them, a curtain he calls it himself, that makes them not understand each other. The difference in age makes that they've different norms according to which they interact with others, black and white.

4/5

6avaland
Jan 21, 2010, 9:53am Top

>4 Leuntje: That's why the book has an invaluable list of the names at the beginning! :-)

7Leuntje
Jan 21, 2010, 1:38pm Top

Avaland: Yes, I know. But not all names are mentioned there and most of the times I'm too lazy too search for a nickname in the long list of patronymics, surnames, first names and nick names.

8Leuntje
Jan 25, 2010, 2:22pm Top

5. De trein der traagheid - Daisne
Very short magical-realistic novel.

9Leuntje
Jan 25, 2010, 2:23pm Top

6. The book thief - Zusak
A book that will stay for a long time with me. The narration absorbed me and made me feel sad.

Another 4/5.

10Leuntje
Jan 31, 2010, 4:26am Top

7. Our ancestors - Calvino
Three novels in one book. Fantastic elements in a historical setting.

3/5

11Leuntje
Jan 31, 2010, 5:29am Top

8. Montaillou - Le Roy Ladurie
Research about a small French village in the 14th century. The inhabitants of this village are searching for the right religion: catholicism of catharism? Further, Le Roy Ladurie shows us how the people lived there. What did they life for; what did they do for a living; how were the relationships between the different groups in the village etc. ?
Science of history at its best.

5/5

12deebee1
Jan 31, 2010, 5:54am Top

i spent a week in the Languedoc region last summer and was intrigued by the story of the Cathars, especially after visiting Carcassone. i've been in the lookout since for a good book on the subject. Montaillou seems to be it.

13Leuntje
Feb 6, 2010, 4:18am Top

14Leuntje
Feb 7, 2010, 5:29am Top

10. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo. The abridged version.
In the abridged version only the events are told. The endless critique on the miserable circumstances in Paris isn't there. This was an ok introduction to the real novel.

2/5

15Leuntje
Feb 13, 2010, 5:34am Top

11. Oeroeg - Hella Haasse
A friendship between a Dutch and an Indonesion boy is doomed.
Wow! The friction between the Dutch boy and the Indonesian one is so beautifully written down; it's beneath the skin.

5/5

16Leuntje
Mar 7, 2010, 4:55am Top

12. Advanced Calamity physics - Pessl

2/5

17Leuntje
Mar 13, 2010, 6:09am Top

13. The monk - Lewis
Very funny and actual book (think about the scandals with German catholic priests).

3/5

18Leuntje
Mar 13, 2010, 6:10am Top

14. The kreuzersonata - Tolstoy
A passenger in a train tells about his marriage.

4/5

19Leuntje
Mar 14, 2010, 12:53pm Top

15. Candide - Voltaire
Philosophical parable.

4/5

20Leuntje
Mar 21, 2010, 11:42am Top

21Leuntje
Mar 25, 2010, 6:18am Top

17. Pnin - Nabokov

4/5

22Leuntje
Apr 5, 2010, 4:49am Top

18. Sonny Boy - Annejet van der Zijl
A love history of a Surinam man and a Dutch woman. Just as they've found their luck, the Second World War breaks out. They hide Jews and get caught.

5/5

23Leuntje
Apr 8, 2010, 8:31am Top

19. Margot and the angels - Hemmerechts

3/5

24Leuntje
Apr 17, 2010, 8:56am Top

20. Sleuteloog - Hella Haasse
Dutch novel about a woman's youth in Indonesia.

3/5

25Leuntje
Apr 17, 2010, 8:56am Top

26Leuntje
Apr 17, 2010, 11:03am Top

22. Ragtime - Doctorow
3/5

27Leuntje
May 2, 2010, 4:08pm Top

23. Flaubert's parrot - Barnes
4/5

28Leuntje
May 10, 2010, 3:45pm Top

24. Ali and Nino - Said
3/5

29Leuntje
May 19, 2010, 10:02am Top

25. Nights at the circus - Carter
I loved the use of language in the novel.

30Leuntje
May 24, 2010, 8:11am Top

26. Everything is illuminated - Safran Foer

31Leuntje
May 30, 2010, 8:02am Top

27. Breekwater - Sybren Polet

32Leuntje
Jun 5, 2010, 5:13am Top

28. The hours - Cunningham
One of the greatest novel I've read this year.

33Leuntje
Jun 9, 2010, 11:17am Top

29. Mrs. Dalloway - Woolf

34Leuntje
Jun 24, 2010, 4:27am Top

30. Rubicon - Tom Holland
Nice book, but not very innovating.

35Leuntje
Jun 25, 2010, 4:11am Top

36Leuntje
Jul 4, 2010, 10:52am Top

32. Meneer Beerta - Voskuil
33. Publieke werken - Rosenboom
34. Europa Europa! - Buelens

37Leuntje
Jul 8, 2010, 5:01am Top

38Leuntje
Jul 10, 2010, 11:13am Top

36. Sublieme historische ervaring - Ankersmit
Re-read to understand it better and make it sink in.

39Leuntje
Jul 11, 2010, 6:24am Top

37. Godenslaap - Erwin Mortier
Poetic narrative of a woman thinking of her youth during the First World War.

5/5

40Leuntje
Jul 13, 2010, 4:41am Top

38. L'etranger - Camus

41Leuntje
Jul 19, 2010, 4:10am Top

39. Hunger - Knut Hamsun

42Leuntje
Jul 20, 2010, 5:18am Top

40. The nation's cause - Elisabeth Marsland
About poetry and the First World War.

43Leuntje
Jul 22, 2010, 3:46am Top

41. The reader - Schlink

44Leuntje
Jul 24, 2010, 3:55am Top

42. Vuile handen - Voskuil

45Leuntje
Jul 29, 2010, 5:46am Top

43. Alias Grace - Atwood
4/5

46Leuntje
Aug 4, 2010, 3:32am Top

44. De koperen tuin - Vestdijk
Was a bit disappointed by the novel. Mainly because I didn't get the stuff about classical music.

47Leuntje
Edited: Aug 15, 2010, 4:16am Top

45. Norwegian Wood - Murakami
Love story.

48Leuntje
Aug 15, 2010, 4:16am Top

46. Life of pi - Martel

49Leuntje
Aug 21, 2010, 4:22am Top

47. The New York triology - Auster
48. Plankton - Voskuil

50Leuntje
Aug 31, 2010, 6:00am Top

49. Lolita - Nabokov

51Leuntje
Sep 6, 2010, 7:16am Top

50. Karakter - Bordewijk

52Leuntje
Sep 16, 2010, 7:20am Top

51. A.P. Beerta Instituut - Voskuil

53Leuntje
Sep 24, 2010, 4:08am Top

52. With no one as a witness - Elizabeth George

54Leuntje
Sep 26, 2010, 9:04am Top

53. Heart of darkness - Conrad

55Leuntje
Sep 28, 2010, 4:50am Top

54. The remains of the day - Ishiguro

56Leuntje
Oct 3, 2010, 6:56am Top

57Leuntje
Oct 16, 2010, 3:36am Top

56. The piano teacher - Jelinek
4/5

58Leuntje
Oct 21, 2010, 11:48am Top

57. En ook weemoedigheid - Voskuil

59Leuntje
Oct 24, 2010, 4:23am Top

58. Niemandsland - Pat Barker

60Leuntje
Oct 27, 2010, 11:21am Top

Het oog in de deur - Pat Barker

61Leuntje
Nov 3, 2010, 4:46am Top

60. Onder professoren - WF Hermans
3/5

62Leuntje
Nov 12, 2010, 4:03am Top

61. Weg der geesten - Pat Barker
2/5

63Leuntje
Dec 2, 2010, 3:42am Top

62. Afgang - Voskuil
4/5

64Leuntje
Dec 6, 2010, 5:34am Top

63. De kant van Swann - Proust

66Leuntje
Dec 12, 2010, 6:10am Top

65. The sea - Banville
2/5

67Leuntje
Dec 14, 2010, 11:07am Top

68Leuntje
Dec 28, 2010, 4:16am Top

67. De grote zaal - Jacoba van Velde

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