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MORIBITO by Nahoko Uehashi❤️Old favourites! #moribito #nahokouehashi #bookstagram #yalit #translatedworks

Day 137 - 11012017 - His 1st novel (Beauty is a wound = Cinta itu luka) was included in the list of 100 notable books by The New York Times. His 2nd was nomitwd for the Man Booker International Prize. His 3rd, Seperti dendam, rindu harus dibayar tuntas will be translated into English. His 4th and latest nove, O, is out. An Indonesian making his mark on the international literary world. #indonesiannovelist #translatedworks #ekakurniawan

#thebooksatchelreviews The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa and translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman published by @faberbooks .
4/5 stars

A love story of a boy who fell in love with a girl at the age of fifteen. The story is a journey through the various cosmopolitan cities of Paris, London and Madrid with the bad girl making her appearance under different names and a different history. She is a Chilean girl, then a guerilla fighter, then a mistress of a diplomat, English society lady and even mistress of a gangster. All identities are splendid in themselves.

For a detailed review check blog (link in bio) .

This was an emotional read for me. The bad girl being the villainous heroine was . My heart went out to the love sick narrator Ricardo who pines after her. There is a bit of political affairs and characters of different nationalities woven into the story. The whole read is a rollercoaster ride of trying to define the bad girl.

Have you read this? Or any other Spanish books you would recommend?

Spending the “hour gain” by reading a novel set in post-colonial India. It examines the socio-political and moral-psychological fibre of ‘contemporary’ India post independence until Emergency. #bhyrappa #kannadaliterature #translatedworks #literature #fiction #novel #indian #karnataka #author #authorsofinstagram #sundayfunday #sundayvibes #readingchallenge #fastpaced #tantu #slbhyrappa #postcolonialism #identity #politics #indian #india #indianauthors #kannadanovel #clocksgoback #hourgained #fictional

Second read of September 2017. Murakami's characters are forever finding. Something is always host. Their lives are forever untangled, no matter how simple they try and keep it. His writing sparkles in this collection as well. It isn't racy, so please don't expect that. Read it without prejudice. Review link in the bio. #bookstagram #books #september2017reads #harukimurakami #murakami #menwithoutwomen #bookstagramindia #reads #2017reads #japaneseliterature #translations #translatedworks #knopf #penguinrandomhouse

Book 15 of 2017 The Boy Who Escaped Paradise by J.M.Lee #bookblogger #netgalley #goodreads #kindle #translatedworks

MOST RECENT

Kant and the platypus by Umberto Eco. It's a non fiction book about a lot of things. Mostly about various aspects of language, I particularly enjoyed the Chapter 3 which I found fascinating.

#book #bookstagram #bookstagramer #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #bookloversofinstagram #booklife #booklover #bookworm #bibliophile #language #linguistics #bookcollector #bookcollection #translatedworks #translatedbooks #booksintranslation #italianliterature #nonfiction #umbertoeco #kantandtheplatypus

Re-read of one of my favourite books The Plague by Albert Camus. I first read it in my last few years of Primary School on a camping trip in the Highlands in October with my Dad. It made me fall in love with reading.
(Had to edit because my brain stopped working and I started writing about Wes.) #reread #rereading #book #bookstagram #bookstagramer #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #bookloversofinstagram #booklover #bookcrazy #bibliophile #booklife #bookworm #bookcollector #bookcollection #reader #translatedworks #translatedbooks #booksintranslation #frenchliterature #favouritebook #hookedonreading #albertcamus #theplague

Book 46: "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang
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This Man Booker International 2016 winner from Korea is a novel about Yeong-hye who decides to suddenly turn vegetarian (in a culturally meat eating society) based on dreams she's had and how that takes a toll on the people around her. Seems like a fairly straightforward story, right? One can almost imagine a vice versa situation in most Indian Hindu families even. Well, turns out it is anything but as simple as that.
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The book is written in three stages from the perspective of three different people: Yeong-hye's husband, her brother-in-law and finally her sister In-hye (who is clearly the star of the tale!), each part dealing with different themes of shame, desire, pain, love and loyalty. The narration is also interspersed with Yeong-hye's disturbed and troubled thoughts in italics.
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I must confess it took me more than half of the book to warm up to it, and considering it's only about 180 pages long, that's not saying much. But it really did blow me away by the end, and I found it disturbingly good. It's a very fast read, yet personally, very complex with its wide variety of dark themes. Honestly, don't think there was a single happy moment in it and yet I liked the book, which doesn't happen too often. It can also be difficult to appreciate the book without understanding a lot of the cultural context, especially considering that it is a translation (a fantastic job, I must say!). To me the strongest tone of the novel was of the toll that mental health issues and intense patriarchy can take on the stability of a family, and how they need to be addressed and handled sensitively in this day and age.
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#hankang #thevegetarian #korea #koreanwriters #translatedworks #manbookerinternationalprize2016 #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017 #asianwriters #koreanliterature

The translated works.. Have read a few original works of Assamese author #HomenBorgohain Sir & I loved them. Let's see how the translated ones have turned out to be. 😐
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#thecollectedworksofhomenborgohain
#assameseauthor
#novella
#loveforshortstories
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#sahityaacademy
#booksof2017

Spending the “hour gain” by reading a novel set in post-colonial India. It examines the socio-political and moral-psychological fibre of ‘contemporary’ India post independence until Emergency. #bhyrappa #kannadaliterature #translatedworks #literature #fiction #novel #indian #karnataka #author #authorsofinstagram #sundayfunday #sundayvibes #readingchallenge #fastpaced #tantu #slbhyrappa #postcolonialism #identity #politics #indian #india #indianauthors #kannadanovel #clocksgoback #hourgained #fictional

Re-read of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Murakami. It's a really good book not his best but still very good. I hope they publish the book again with the missing chapters that weren't translated from the original Japanese.

#book #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstragrammer #booksofinsta #translatedworks #translatedbooks #worksintranslation #japaneseliterature #bookloversofinstagram #booklover #booklife #bookworm #bibliophile #bookcollector #bookcollection #reread #rereading #harukimurakami #murakami #thewindupbirdchronicle

If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,
'Like this.'
When someone mentions the
gracefulness of the night sky,
climb up on the roof and
dance and say,
'Like this?'
If anyone wants to know
what "Spirit" is,
or what "God's Fragrance" means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.
'Like this.'
When someone quotes
the old poetic image
about clouds gradually
uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot
the strings of your robe.
'Like this?'
If anyone wonders how
Jesus raised the dead,
don't try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.
'Like this. Like this.'
When someone asks
what it means to "die for love", point
'Here.'
If someone asks how tall
I am, frown and measure
with your fingers the
space between the
creases on your forehead.
'This tall.'
The soul sometimes
leaves the body, then returns.
When someone
doesn't believe that,
walk back into my house.
'Like this.'
When lovers moans,
they're telling our story.
'Like this.'
I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.
'Like this.'
When someone asks
what there is to do,
light the candle in his hand.
'Like this.'
How did Joseph's scent come to Jacob?
'Huuuuu.'
How did Jacob's sight return?
Huuuuu.'
A little wind cleans the eyes.
'Like this.'
When Shams comes back
from Tabriz, he'll put
just his head around the
edge of the door to surprise us.
'Like this.'
-Rumi, Like This,
est. year 1244

#rumi #rumipoetry #rumipoems #poetry #poem #poems #instapoet #quote #quotes #quoteoftheday #words #wordsoftheday #galaxy #universe #universes #astronomy #nightsky #stars #wordsofwisdom #wordstoliveby #wordstoponder #translatedworks #ancienttexts #shamsoftabriz #howto #likethis #iftheyask

Book 39: "The Dinner" by Herman Koch
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If I had to describe this book in one word, the word "insane" would be quite apt. Insane - in a good way. It is one of the "Gone Girl"-esque novels (not as intense as that though!!) where every single character seems like a weirdo, making it difficult to pick even one that you like, even though you are enjoying the book just fine.
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The story is structured around the various courses of a dinner that the four main characters have sat down to - with a disruptive narration style, frequently jumping to flashbacks to keep the tale progressing. The underlying theme focusses on the psychology of crime and intense love, and how far you would go to protect your loved one.
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The writing is laced with dark humour, and the translation perfect. One can hardly call this an edge of the seat thriller, yet it succeeds in keeping you anxious to know what is coming next.
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#hermankoch #thedinner #translatedworks #netherlands #dutchwriters #crime #darkhumour #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017

Re-read of Gigi and The Cat by Colette. I enjoyed these to stories greatly and I think Colette has written some great works. My Mum is a fan of the 1958 film adaptation of Gigi which is a very good film but nowhere near as good as the book.

#novella #reread #rereading #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #booklover #booklife #bookworm #bibliophile #frenchliterature #translatedbooks #booksintranslation #translatedworks #femaleauthors #femalewriters #gigi #colette

Second read of September 2017. Murakami's characters are forever finding. Something is always host. Their lives are forever untangled, no matter how simple they try and keep it. His writing sparkles in this collection as well. It isn't racy, so please don't expect that. Read it without prejudice. Review link in the bio. #bookstagram #books #september2017reads #harukimurakami #murakami #menwithoutwomen #bookstagramindia #reads #2017reads #japaneseliterature #translations #translatedworks #knopf #penguinrandomhouse

#bookstagram post: I read #Confessions by #KanaeMinato This book is translated from Japanese. This book was extremely interesting and thrilling. I couldn't put it down. Luckily for me, it's a short book and I finished it within a day. I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a quick, satisfying thriller.
#booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #novel #book #thriller #translatedworks #feedyourbrain #loveofreading #ilovereading #iloveliterature #buyallthebooks #bookworm

A young friend working on an undergraduate Architecture Thesis travelled to Amritsar last week for the 70th commemorative events of the Partition of India and attended the inauguration of a Partition Museum there. He bought this as a memory for me! My very first signed copy by Gulzar. Thank you, Puneet. A thoughtful gift for a lifetime!
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#gift #book #gulzar #partitionofindia #70thindipendenceyear #zeroline #amritsar #translatedworks #harperperennial #india #2017 #bibliophile

Had the privilege to attend a talk with the renowned South Korean author, Hwang Sok-Yong today. From discussions ranging from universality to deokkaebi, he certainly was an interesting and passionate person! I really look forward to reading his most recent translated work.

Book 32: "Ghachar Ghochar" by Vivek Shanbhag
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Wow. 118 pages of delight.
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I have read books before that have left me wanting for more, but never as much as this one did. The story of the changing lifestyle and relationships in a family after their ascent from middle class life to affluence in Bangalore city. This struck a chord with me on so many levels - the nostalgia of the Indian middle class childhood and close knit family; the constant reminders,while growing up, of my salaried parents warning us against the evils of "quick money" (yes, that is an actual Indian middle class term 😊); appreciating moments of familial togetherness which are becoming more and more rare in today's world.....I could go on and on.
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The fact that a book that was published with such minimal fanfare has become the toast of the global reading community speaks volumes for the writer. The staff at the bookstore in Bath where I purchased the book couldn't stop gushing about him, especially since they had also interviewed him the month before.
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Oh, and yes, the translation is absolutely ace, the precise & uncluttered narrative flowing like a calming stream. Sincerely hope there'll be more from this gifted writer.🙏
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#ghacharghochar #vivekshanbhag #srinathperur #indianauthors #indianwriters #translatedworks #kannada #bangalore #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017 #indianmiddleclass #familydrama #indianwritinginenglish

Book 27: "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

This is my second Swedish novel in as many months, and I have loved this even more than the first. There exists an almost simplistic perfection to the writing and subtle humour of the Swedes, very much like how they structure their lives too, that you cannot help but find endearing.
Ove is weird, Ove is strange, Ove is grumpy, Ove is Grinch-like.....but Ove has a big heart. He just doesn't want anyone to acknowledge that. Because, you know, that would be way more than the necessary amount of emotions necessary to live an uncomplicated life. At the end of each chapter, you keep smiling and liking Ove a little more, despite knowing that a real life Ove would drive you crazy.
And yes, @focusedicecreamcone, just like you said, even though I managed to stay composed through the book, I had to reach for that tissue when I read the last page. Such a beautiful, moving story.
Looking forward to watching the movie now.
#amancalledove #fredrikbackman #sweden #swedishwriting #translatedworks
#bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017

Book 26: "Death in August" by Marco Vichi
So this book (and the series) came highly recommended to us by a bookstore owner in Florence as the "local" read. His description seemed to build up the main protagonist, Inspector Bordelli, as the Tuscan equivalent of Poirot or Sherlock, and so buying a copy was inevitable.
However, I must confess I am a tad bit disappointed with this first book of the series, based in 1960s Florence. The crime itself was a very regular murder with no twists in the tale or investigation, and the narration seemed to focus more on the inspector, his motley group of friends and their life stories. It was good writing nevertheless, despite the translation, which made it more of a entertaining novel, than a crime investigation. Maybe, just maybe, this was in order to introduce and build up the characters for the rest of the series, so the plots might get better. I would still give it a 3/5 and recommend it for a quick read in the sunshine.
#deathinaugust #marcovichi #florence #tuscany #inspectorbordelli #italianwriters #crime #mystery #translatedworks #bookstagram #instabooks #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #books #readersofinstagram #igreads #bookloverssociety #goodreads #goodreadschallenge #instabookreview #readingchallenge2017 #suereads2017 #hydepark

One of my #Read2017 goals was to re-read the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. I don't remember much of the series and I am having fun re-discovering the lives of Lila and Elena.⠀
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I have been gravitating towards the large print edition section in my local library these days as I find them much easier on my eyes. Have you tried reading large print edition?⠀
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#mybrilliantfriend #tsbcwedreads #elenaferrante #neapolitannovels #rereading #currentlyreading #book #bookstagram #bookworm #amreading #translatedworks #fictionreads #read2017 #booklover #addictedtobooks #iratherbereading #houstonbookreader #houstonblogger #dreamingofitaly #bookstakemeplaces #instareads #instagood #wanderlust #largeprintbooks #instamood #instareads

You didn't think I was going to go to Japan and end up not buying books, did you?😁 Visited @bookskinokuniyatokyo, Tokyo's biggest bookstore and got some titles. Monkey Business instantly jumped out at me from the rows and rows of books because of its bright cover and I was delighted to see that it was a collection of works from contemporary Japanese authors. I picked up The Izu Dancer because I am a huge Kawabata fan. Can't wait to read them!🤓📚❤

Book 15 of 2017 The Boy Who Escaped Paradise by J.M.Lee #bookblogger #netgalley #goodreads #kindle #translatedworks

Book 7: "Troubling Love" by Elena Ferrante
Hmm...."Troubling" is an apt description for this book. The story is about the main protagonist Delia's search to find the truth behind her mother's death and life. The theme and the incidents are complicated enough, but I also kept feeling like I was losing something in translation. Could be just me.
I haven't yet read any of the author's popular Neapolitan novels, so not sure how they compare. #bookstagram #instabooks #instabookreview #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #goodreadschallenge #readingchallenge2017 #igreads #bookloverssociety #suereads2017 #troublinglove #elenaferrante #translatedworks #italian #italy

Manto ke sang chai aur samosay

Book 6: "Manto, Selected Stories" - Translated by Aatish Taseer

Having read a fair bit recently about the life of Saadat Hasan Manto and also heard some narrations of his stories, I had been feeling pretty disappointed about having to miss out on his literary magic since I cannot read Urdu. That's when I found these translated short stories in Kindle format and joy was restored. I thoroughly enjoyed all the tales and the despite being translations, one can quite easily tell how beautifully the writer must have spun his words in Urdu. The very personalised introduction to the book and Manto by Aatish Taseer also makes a beautiful read.
#mantoselectedstories #manto #aatishtaseer #saadathasanmanto #urdu #shortstories #translatedworks #indianwritinginenglish
#bookstagram #instabooks #instabookreview #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #goodreadschallenge #readingchallenge2017 #igreads #bookloverssociety #suereads2017

Book 3: "Bhima -Lone Warrior" by M.T.Vasudevan Nair.
Translated from one of MT's most popular Malayalam works "Randamoozham", this is a version of Mahabharata narrated from Bhima's point of view. Bhima - the second Pandava, the warrior par excellence, the epitome of strength and power....."Bhima who won the war and yet achieved nothing".
As a kid, I was always attracted to and read more stories from the Ramayana over Mahabharata, mostly because I found the latter too confusing with too many characters. As a result, my opinion maybe biased with not much to compare with, but I thought MT's narration and perspective was beautiful. And full marks to the impeccable translation by Gita Krishnankutty.
#bhimalonewarrior #bhima #randamoozham #mtvasudevannair #mahabharat #pandavas #hindumythology #mallugram #instamalayali #translatedworks #indianwritinginenglish #gitakrishnankutty #malayalamliterature #bookstagram #instabooks #instabookreview #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #goodreadschallenge #readingchallenge2017 #igreads #bookloverssociety #suereads2017

Day 137 - 11012017 - His 1st novel (Beauty is a wound = Cinta itu luka) was included in the list of 100 notable books by The New York Times. His 2nd was nomitwd for the Man Booker International Prize. His 3rd, Seperti dendam, rindu harus dibayar tuntas will be translated into English. His 4th and latest nove, O, is out. An Indonesian making his mark on the international literary world. #indonesiannovelist #translatedworks #ekakurniawan

One of the most controversial books in recent times, this one caught my attention when the author, declared his necrology as a writer following protests and from religious groups for hurting their sentiments and religious beliefs though 'One Part Woman'. A series of litigation followed and the later half of 2016 saw Madras High Court granting Perumal Murugan the victory. The judgment is still hailed as the victory of the right to free speech.

Originally written in Tamil, One Part Woman explores Kali's and Ponna's relationship and the hurdles they have to face for being a childless couple after 12 years of marriage. The elements of faith and loyalty in the relationship are challenged when the couple succumbs to the pressure from friends and family to take part in the chariot festival in the temple of Half Female God where the rules are relaxed for one night and consensual union between any man and woman is allowed. Though it was an attempt to put an end to the misery and humiliation, how this affects the couple and thier relationship forms the rest of the story.

Yes, the theme and the religious practices sound odd, but there is nothing obscene written, and as the HC mentioned in the final judgement, sexuality is nothing new to Indian culture and the hipocrisy prevalent today in our society was gifted by the British Raj regime. I consider One Part Woman as a work which explores how social and emotional pressures influence human lives.

Concluding with Nallayan's philosophy on life and kids. “But do you know how you should live? Like that crow that has built a nest on that palm tree. When it knows it is going to lay eggs, it builds its nest. Then it incubates the eggs and hatches them. It finds food for the little ones and takes care of them until they grow their own wings. Once that happens, what do you think is the relationship between the baby crow and its mother? They go their separate ways. “You got your wings, now get out of here, and fend for yourself.” That’s the way to live. Instead, we give birth, raise them, get them married, save money and struggle. Is this any way to live? If we were more like crows and cuckoos, I’d also like to have children."

I know this is the season for some Holiday cheer, but Haruki Murakami's 1987 breakout bestseller is so damn heartbreaking.

Outright, Norwegian Wood is perhaps not his best; nonetheless, it is just as much affecting.

We may get lost in a labyrinth of suffering, but at some point it is solely upon us if we either work for our own happiness or forever be at the dead center of our own turmoil, in this place that was no place.

Dear Mr. M is a fabulous book. I am not sure if the ending was perfect but the whole experience surely is. I have to spend some time thinking how to word a review that does justice to this book.

Featuring my notebook from @thesouledstore. I have decided to use it for the new words I come across in books. Speaking of new words, I read the new article by Chimamanda in The NewYorker and my vocab has certainly been enriched with many words

Last read for #alliwantforchristmasisbooks
Do you play cards? I love playing. But I forget the rules so soon that I need a recap before the game. And yes, I can never remember the names of these card games😍😆.

Book 57. Yet another course book finally finished. Another interesting read too, even if some of the chapter introductions were a little long (22 pages) and dry at times.
A relatively speedy journey though food history, though by no means a speedy read for me. Well translated, edited, and laid out with interesting and informative texts within it. Again some of these were more encouraging and inviting than other drier items, but on the whole it's definitely a perfect text for an introductory course on food history. 3.5 stars.
Side Note: I'm well pleased to be finishing all my course books in the month dedicated to non-fiction reading!
#books #bookstagram #flandrinandmontanari #foodaculinaryhistory #foodhistory #textbook #coursebook #compendium #variouscontributors #translatedworks #coolcovertoo #nonfictionnovember2016 #november

The Gospel of Yudas by K. R. Meera takes place at a riverside in Kerala. Prema, daughter of a policeman who tortured Naxalites during the Emergency is in love with Yudas. Yudas is an ex-Naxalite and like his namesake from the Bible, is burdened with guilt for betraying his comrades when brutally questioned by the police. Prema tries to redeem Yudas of his guilt and convince him to give their love a chance and in the process finds her freedom.

The writing is spare. But Meera brings alive the horrors of treatment of Naxalites as well as the beauty of the countryside in few sentences. This is a short novel of 150 pages, yet there is SO MUCH to talk about.

Check out a detailed review through the link in bio. #thebooksatchelreviews 4/5🌟
This is a story of love, guilt and allegiance during a time period that tested humanity in Kerala's history.

Repost from @theselectedworksof using @RepostRegramApp - Book 49
Back in April, when I was working overnight shifts at Hatchards, I had to sort out the outdoor pursuits section. Maybe because it was 3am and 3am ideas are almost always (terrible) brilliant, I decided that one day I would climb Mount Everest (bad for the environment tho) or visit either the top or bottom of the earth or otherwise do something Ranulf Fiennes-y. Since then I have climbed no mountains, but I have just read this really fucking fascinating book.
3 Prisoners of War during world war 2 decide to escape from their camp to climb Mount Kenya. Then they break back into camp and carry on with their lives. That's it. That's the whole thing. Months and months of serious plotting, gathering anything they could to contort into equipment, saving rations, finding the right people to go along with the ridiculous plan, and then they just...escape. And climb a mountain. And then return.
I'm so excited that this is our #botm, I'm so pumped to have read this remarkable story (beautifully reissued by @maclehosepress). Contrasting imprisonment so damn starkly with the absolute freedom of choosing to climb a fuck off ginormous mountain ("because it's there"-Mallory). Damn.
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Some days are perfect for Dinner with breakfast. See what I did there?🙆🍁 .

I have been slowly reading my way through The Dinner by Herman Koch, mostly during lunch breaks (aah! There I go again). And I am loving it. I have heard mixed reviews for the book but I am glad I picked it up. The story feels like a normal dinner between two families and slowly more layers to the story unfold. If you are some one who likes humour and sarcasm in a book you would love this. And it has the best title because the whole story happens over a dinner. I will report back after I am done with the book.

What's for breakfast? And do you have plans to serve yourself The Dinner anytime soo?

Book 49
Back in April, when I was working overnight shifts at Hatchards, I had to sort out the outdoor pursuits section. Maybe because it was 3am and 3am ideas are almost always (terrible) brilliant, I decided that one day I would climb Mount Everest (bad for the environment tho) or visit either the top or bottom of the earth or otherwise do something Ranulf Fiennes-y. Since then I have climbed no mountains, but I have just read this really fucking fascinating book.
3 Prisoners of War during world war 2 decide to escape from their camp to climb Mount Kenya. Then they break back into camp and carry on with their lives. That's it. That's the whole thing. Months and months of serious plotting, gathering anything they could to contort into equipment, saving rations, finding the right people to go along with the ridiculous plan, and then they just...escape. And climb a mountain. And then return.
I'm so excited that this is our #botm, I'm so pumped to have read this remarkable story (beautifully reissued by @maclehosepress). Contrasting imprisonment so damn starkly with the absolute freedom of choosing to climb a fuck off ginormous mountain ("because it's there"-Mallory). Damn.
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#books #booksofinstagram #readersofinstagram #waterstones #mountains #mountkenya #quercus #benuzzi #adventure #adventurereading #mountaineering #nopicniconmountkenya #translation #translatedworks

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
I read this important work of fiction a while back, it is surreal and the magical realism is pretty much amazing.
#literature #latinamerica #latinamericanculture #gabrielgarciamarquez #espanol #spanishnovels #translatedworks #booklovers #literaryfiction #bookstagram #spanishliterature #columbia #southamericanliterature #quotes #magicalrealism #books #loveliterature #literaryfiction

MORIBITO by Nahoko Uehashi❤️Old favourites! #moribito #nahokouehashi #bookstagram #yalit #translatedworks

Decking it this afternoon: #currentread #Frog by Mo Yan. He is probably best known for writing #RedSorghum. Springing into May with a story based around China's #culturalrevolution which had begun May 16th, 1966 and the onset of the #OneChildPolicy. #currentreads #saturdayafternoon #shadows #shadowselfie #wheelielife #fiction #translatedworks #bookstagram

Book 14: "A Midsummer's Equation" by Keigo Higashino
I've been on a Higashino roll so far this year, and well..who can complain really. Another great read, this one made different by keeping the mystery alive through most of the book, as opposed to describing the perfect crimes as shown in his previous books. #londondiaries #keigohigashino #amidsummersequation #detectivegalileo #yukawamanabu #japanesewriting #japan #crime #mystery #thriller #translatedworks #readingchallenge2016 #bibliophile #bookstagram #booklover #instabookreview #instabooks

My pretty beat up copies of Philip K. Dick's "Man in the High Castle" and Milan Kundera's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" both read ages ago and were too much for my impressionable mind to take - meaning totally overwhelming my still very green sensibilities... and also that they were much loved and re-read. Unfortunately at the time of acquiring said books I was in my hippie book phase (viz. love the book til it hurts) so anything I overly handled at the time could get pretttty scuffed (though these are not my most scruffy looking books). Still... overly attached to these particular covers for these particular books. Any other cover just looks... wrong.
#igreads #instabooks #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #booknerd #white #orrathergray #philipkdick #milankundera #sff #literature #translatedworks

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