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    : Ireland
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    books, cycling and music
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    sorry to disrupt the peace - patty yumi cottrell

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  1. what is everyone doing?

    Sorry Meg to hear of the test results of your grandchildren.
  2. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    Added 5 this week Belladonna - dasa drndic Story of a short sighted adolescent - mircea eliade The bear and the paving stone - toshiyuki horie Pride and prejudice - Jane Austen Shatila stories from peirene press (collection of 9 essays from refugees of shatila refugee camp
  3. me and my mum are going to see paul simon in July no idea why I know what boys like by the waitresses wa stuck in my head yesterday
  4. review of Don't Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin Horace Hopper is a farm hand working for Mr. Reese on his farm since his teens (with Mr and Mrs Reese showing a familial love for Horace) but dreams of being a boxer. To do so, he moves from their ranch in Nevada to live with his aunt that he doesn't know in Arizona to fight in the golden gloves championship. Other farms are struggling in the area, being sold off as the owners retire or lose everything. Something I was thinking about which coach really had Horace's best interest in mind? I think a good part of this novel is about how we identify to ourselves in our own mind, Horace is a boxer, part Native American, part Irish but as a boxer, he doesn't want to identify as these but as a mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo. He really likes heavy metal but as part of trying to identify as Mexican, he burns his Heavy Metal cd (not a fan of heavy metal but seemed a waste). He tries to label things in Spanish in order to learn Spanish but he is struggling as he tries to identify as someone he is not, trying to change himself to fit in with preconceived ideas of what a Mexican should be, what a Native American isn't (Mr Steed points out that they are good native american boxers). I think this is an important point in the novel, what we are is who we are. It hurts to try to be something we are not. This is a just another strong novel from one of my favourite writers. Like his other works, this is about people just wanting to survive. It is tender with Vlautin's usual care in creation of characters. I thought this was an excellent read. * * * * * and the soundtrack cd from Richmond Fontaine that came with it is not bad either this was going to be 4 1/2 rating but thinking it through in the review, it deserves a 5
  5. Review of Brother In Ice by Alicia Kopf, translated by Mara Faye Lethem Brother In Ice is a multi faceted novel, it is split into three sections. The first section deals primarily with the arctic and antarctic and those who dared to venture there (with some really nice photos thown in. One one page there were photos of both the amundsen and scott traipses through the arctic, though we do get some personal segments in the chapters entitled research notes and man in ice (the brother of the narrator is on the autistic spectrum), the second then goes into the live of the narrator from her relationship with her parents, life in general and her autistic brother and the third culminated in a travelogue. I found the first section to be very fascinating reading (my arctic/antarctic knowledge has been primarily focused on animals not people so it was great to read about such). It is a nice starter to the novel but it really comes to the strength in the second section when it starts with the narrator as an 8 year old but it mostly deals with live from her late teens to present day (early thirty something in 2015). For me, it was great getting a perspective from someone that of a similar age group that has been affected by the global recession. For me, being of a similar age group I could really relate to the main character and the difficulties that they faced because of the economic recession. An overlap occurs between the three sections, I think it is the unkowingness of it all, no one knows if any of the arctic/antarctic voyagers made it to the poles, we don't know what causes autism. Sometimes I also found myself breaking out into laughter when reading it and for me, that is always a nice thing with a book. To me, this novel was a really thoughtful, poignant, superb story, both mixing fascinating info with a story I enjoyed reading. I loved this book. * * * * *
  6. Review of Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean The latest novel from author Juan Gabriel Vasquez, the main character is a political cartoonist for a Colombian newspaper and he is receiving an award for his work, the first section is about his history in getting involved and record in political cartooning, the second and third sections are the run from what happened at the award ceremony. Vasquez does go in to some very descriptive language, reminding me of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch though for Vasquez, this might have been to get it to a bigger page count as it is a short novel. Alternatively, the main character Malarino as a cartoonist is use to be very observant so maybe the attention to details that is shown in the narrative is part of the craft of Mallarino. I particularly found the attention to detail odd towards the end in one particular paragraph where I felt the detail was very unnecessary. Overall I found this a little disappointing of a read. I liked The Sound of Things Falling a lot but this just didn't take to me. I found the charactering of Mallarino to be a bit self-serving. The book despite its short length was very meandering without really getting to a conclusion until it fizzled out at page 168. There are some very good lines in it but this is a gloss over what I think was a below average read. Vazquez, you can do better than this. * * 1/2 before writing I did think this was a * * * or * * * 12 but settling on * * 1/2
  7. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    My most recent trip to Dublin last Wednesday Clean - Juno Dawson Property - Lionel Shriver Happiness - aminatta forna Hotel silence - audur ava olafsdoittir
  8. i think this is the article (the link just links back to this thread. I got the link from the facebook page) https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/can-reading-make-you-happier it is an interesting read
  9. Brooklyn

    I was talking to a friend from work about the film version. It seems to me in the film:
  10. Review of Record of a Night too brief by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Lucy North Record of a Night Too Brief is a collection of 3 stories by Kawakami, originally published in Japan in 1996, each is about 50 pages long. The first was the title story about a girl and her porcelain girlfriend take on a journey in a dream, followed by a mist and meeting various things like kiwis and moles. The second story Missing was told by a girl whose brother vanished, but she could still see him at times. The brother was engaged so the family decide the second brother to take his place in the engagement. The third is about this girl who gave up teaching and now work as a shop assistant in a shop selling buddhist rosary beads (is if right to call them rosary beads. The story does refer to them as such). In her apartment, she comes across a snake in human form. I think the setting bore similarity kawakami's splendid the nakano thrift shop. However apart from girl in shop and a boss, that is where the similarity ends. As each story is short, one sitting reads, I don't want to say too much but I found these to be wonderfully surreal reads, told with a clear voice. My favourite was missing, for me this was a 5 star story while the title one was my least favourite but still a really good 4 star read. The third story was 4 and a half read so overall. * * * * 1/2
  11. A to Z Game

    Ruthenia, Carpathia-Ukraine - a day trip to see the republic of a day
  12. Currently Reading

    I really liked that. Currently the world goes on by Laszlo krasznahorkai. Shortlisted for man booker international but not making good progress, in fact I fell asleep reading it at lunch time yesterday, only to be awoken at 2:08pm. I hope no one came into the office and saw me
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  14. Rest in Peace

    Scott Hutchinson, 36 years old, lead singer of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. I saw them live twice, in 2013 at a festival and then also last year when they did an Irish tour
  15. Review of "Vernon Subutex One" by Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne Vernon Subutex ran a record shop in Paris Revolver until it closed down, since then he has been living on social welfare and handouts from a famous musician. When the famous musician dies. He is suddenly homeless and the novel is not only based on this but also other people searching for tapes of the famous musician who died. Often the biggest task I find for a writer I am reading is the start, to try to get the reader into it, to identify with the book, to care about what happens to the characters. If you can do this, then you are onto a very good book usually. In this one, I found that the it had a really promising start. The first 50 pages or so were so good, I was really looking to getting to the finish of it. However 20 pages later, the start of the book had dissipated and left with the bulk. By page 70 or 80, I no longer thought it was going to be a 5 star book but more 3 star book but at this point, I found it a real struggle to progress the book. The narrative and use of strong language was getting very unbearable. The plot and all the side tracks in it seemed particularly pointless. Some decisions in character creation were just pointless and non-sensically irrelevant to the story line (for example, the transman character of Danielwho seems that Despentes put into it to put their own political agenda forward in him where Daniel has transitions from being a female porn star to a man, not because they identified as a man but just for the fun of it and to show how easy it is. I think that was just an agenda driven anti-trans character of Despentes) At one time while reading, I did think about stopping it but I haven't left a book unfinished since 2004 as leaving a book undone would gnaw at my conscience like a tell tale heart. It was a real struggle and even more disappointing as the start with the music references and such, seemed like my book. Maybe the start worked on my memories of visiting a small record shop in Dublin that I would always venture to when I was in Dublin so that it was a false positive start to the book? The worst things is that I really looked forward to getting into this book and reading this book and it just really missed the mark and was a big disappointment) At the end , due to the struggles in finishing the book, I rate this 1/5