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    : Ireland
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    books, cycling and music
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    bella donna - dasa drndic

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  1. what is everyone doing?

    18th december
  2. what is everyone doing?

    The implant is in and then I will be getting the permanent crown. The Whelan's gig was very good. I hadn't been aware of any of the acts playing but good sound, folksy rocky pop it was. Got EPs from 2 of the acts after the gig and they were very nice Thanks I don't really have a preference. Both the French and English CDs get played Thanks
  3. what is everyone doing?

    Hope you are feeling better momac. I was at the dentist also this week. 3 weeks til I get my new tooth Just in time for Christmas I think the RDS is cursed for me I was going to Paul simon in July with my mother, then couldn't go as I had my collision with the cow. (The reason I need a new tooth ;( ) Tonight I was going to Christine & the queens. Got to the train station (as the venue is a bit out of the city), looking lost, i asked for directions and was told that the person had heard it was cancelled. We check twitter. Nothing on RDS, nothing on christine's page but MCD had an announcement 1 minute before doors opened that it was cancelled. If they announced it earlier, could have saved myself the train ticket. It is a jinx venue for me. As I am staying in Dublin tonight, I did get a ticket for a gig in Whelan's. No idea who the act is but at least it is on
  4. Review of [/i]The Great War[/i] by Aleksandar Gatalica, translated by Will Firth This is a sprawling novel dealing with the various fronts of World War I, starting with the doctor examinng Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the morgue. We have the Salon Gatalica if he had so choose could have made this a 1,000 page epic but I think it showed great restraint to just settle on a 400 page novel. Really, it doesn;t need to be any longer than that. This novel has a vast amount of characters recurring in it and the novel was an excellent fictionalised stories of the war with the range of characters from the spice seller in the Ottoman Empire (whose 5 employees fought on different fronts that the Ottomon's fought), the Prussian/Russian front, Italy/Austria , the Salonika front aswell as the much focussed on Western front of the war. Often I feel when we in Western Europe talk about World War I, it is the Western front but one of the things I liked is the focus on the other fronts on this particularly the Salonika front. Spies and espionage also feature too from the singers and entertainers in London and Paris. regardless of gender, nationality or age, from all walks of life from Polish immigrants to France, seamstresses, nobility etc etc. this book is a very full read. If I have one criticism, the novel also ignores Montenegro with just a couple of mentions of it although so did the peace conferences to create the treaties settling World War I. (Until I read Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies, I hadn't been aware of Montenegro's involvement with the war) This was a superb read. I have felt for a while I've need a good non-fiction book about World War I but why when Gatalica and Firth could do so in fiction what many would struggle to do in non-fiction. * * * * *
  5. Review of Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, translated by Brian FitzGibbon The main characther of this book, Jonas is in his 50s depressed. His marriage has recently ended, as a parting blow, his now ex-wife Gundrun has told him that his daughter Waterlily is not actually biological his daughter, his mother has. His mother in a nursing home likes to talk about wars going on, fascinated by it. On the radio news report, she then listens to the death notices. He has a neighbour also fascinated by bad news stories, he has sold his business to a rival and suicide. Jonas finds his life to be meaningless, end of the genetic line of his family and passes his free time looking at ways that famous authors killed themselves and decluttering his life so that Waterlily doesn't have too many belongings to go through when he does it so he goes on holiday to die, with his tool box (as you do) Upon realising that he doesn't want his daughter to find his body, he decides to take a trip to one of the countries that his mother and neighbour keep mentioning. That description really sounds unappealling and depressing novel. It isn't. Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir has a really unique sense of humour and it is more a comedy than anything else (Her other novel Butterflies in Novmber I feel is a better novel but this is a good novel). Jonas in the war torn country finds himself a man in need and find himself helping the people of the country. Jonas is not a very talkative person, leaving most of the talking to everyone but it works I liked it, the writing was sharp and witty, characters are likeable. If it was a movie, it would be a Wes Anderson movie although I might just be saying that as he had a movie with hotel in the title). Really good book. * * * *
  6. Currently Reading

    Started pretend I'm dead by jen beagin, which I had bought due to a BGO review
  7. Currently Reading

    For the day that is today, I finished reading the great war by Aleksandr gatalica
  8. I saw as for the adaptation of this very good book series advertised for sky Atlantic this morning. Starts on sky on 19th November
  9. Review of Fleeting Snow by Pavel Vilikovsky, translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood Fleeting Snow is a novel based on 5 different story structures, which Vilikovsky helpfully numbered (which he says in an interview at the back of my edition "so if you don't like one, you can just skip it"). Vilikovsky at times with this novel shows heartfelt feeling and others, theres a good wit to the narration. Maybe to the most affecting one of the five narratives is the fifth once. This dealt with the narrator's spouse's dementia. For me, this had brought back memories of my paternal grandmother who had alzheimars. The narratives do intertwine and looked at as a whole on a cross as dealing with the question of identity, both personal and linguistics of it (in one strand, it deals with Native American tribe Menominee) and what the concept of identity means, when linked to the wife in the fifth narrative, this can be looked at as a whole. I thought this was a very good and well told story. I think with the dealing of linguistics in it, probably works a lot better in native Slovakian but Julia & Peter Sherwood did really well in the translation on it so it makes a very good read * * * *
  10. Review of Hair Everywhere by Tea Tulic, translated by Coral Petkovich Hair Everywhere is about 3 generations of women in the one family, grandmother, mother and daughter, told in short vignettes, many taking up with just a paragraph from the perspective of the daughter. The mother is sick with cancer in hospital while there is a sadness in the grandmother at the illness of her own daughter. Throughout the novel as the illness progresses in the mother, we also see a maturing in the daughter as she grows. This could be both classified as family drama and a coming of age tale. Coral Petkovich's translation is a clear keeping the text tidy and short to the point prose. Not one word is wasted in it as there isn't many words to the novel but this I thought was a really well laid out and told story. Kudos to both TUlic and Petkovich for making this really readable and likeable despite dealing with illness. They fitted the vignettes into a well made novel, concise but very good. I liked this book a lot. A really tender story about illness and coming of age * * * *
  11. what is everyone doing?

    I read the Irish and Scots came up with the idea behind trick or treating. The irish also started the carving vegetables lark but it was turnips. Carved turnips are creepy looking. Good thing when I was a child, it had stopped. I'm pretty sure I would have hurt myself if it hadn't.
  12. Rest in Peace

    i was coming to post her death too. i really loved asterix as a child, getting the asterix books in the local library so its made me sad even though i hadn't even realised she translated them. i thought her translation of walter kempowski's novel all for nothing was superb.
  13. what is everyone doing?

    Which actually happened to be a nickname we had for our dog Sam (now departed sadly) Carrots in particular for him were something he loved.
  14. Have a Rant!

    Sounding off can be good. A good form of release. I see the similar kind of boredom with my own father (he's 63). I think boredom and not be active physically or socially are part of the problem.