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  1. So shortlist announced today as follows: 4321 by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber) Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber) History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Books) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Canongate) Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate, HarperCollins) Elmet by Fiona Mozley (JM Originals, John Murray) The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury) Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Fleet, Little, Brown) ------ I've read Colson Whitehead, I'm reading 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster and Exit West by Mohsin Hamid was planned as my read in 2 or 3 books, though maybe I'll move it up now
  2. Young lambs frolicking in fields
  3. MASTER and commander - Patrick O'Brian
  4. Autumn SWEATER - yo lo tengo
  5. The BEST is yet to come undone - lit
  6. thanks
  7. Review of Three Loves, One Death by Evald Flisar, translated by David Limon This book is about a family who move from the town to the country when the patriarch of the family dealing with depression and a retreat from life decides on the move. Coming along is his wife, who to get over her husband's lack of interest in stuff that married couples do, she does a morning mini marathon. There is 2 uncles too, one a hero of the war of independence, the other an accountant who dreams of growing a large cabbage and the painter aunt Mara. Of the children, there is the narrator and his brother Peter and Mara's daughter, the sarcastic Elizabeta (who isn't blood relative to anyone but her mother) In the farm house they purchased, they find a mysterious device that everyone is unsure but I think the novel really comes to life when an estranged brother of the wife, Svejk turns up. He is a bus driver. Svejk is a good soul but with nothing to his name, the family help him get some new clothes and then promise their support if he canfind a fitting vehicle that he can drive people with. Eventually he finds a job as an unofficial volunteer fireman. It is a pretty short book so I don't want to go into further. I did like the narrative style of the writer, I think it worked and I found the voice of the narrator to be appropriate to the age of the narrator. It is also a bit funny in some of the descriptions. I enjoyed it. * * * *
  8. Review of The Old Child by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky A child turns up in a town and she is taken to the local police station with a bucket and no name, can not remember where her past or where she came from. The girl is then sent to the local orphanage which shares the ground with a private school. It is a good novel, probably the old child being a representation of East Germany. This was her first novel and it isn't as good as the other two novels I read of hers prior ro this, The End of Days and Visitation but did show her potential. * * * 1/2
  9. Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties - Kevin Gascoyne and Francois Marchand
  10. paradise MOUNTAIN - jenn grant
  11. i find the heat very tiring without doing anything myself. the heat also affects my skin issue (though also a rider had to quit the tour de france this year over heat affecting a skin problem he also has)
  12. Winds that are shaking fields of l sunflowers as peloton of cyclists pass by them
  13. King of the mountains jersey