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Each book I was reading in 2017, with commentary
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Included in this booklet ('fiction','non-fiction' and'poetry', each booklet in the order I have been reading it from January to December) are only those that I have been reading from beginning to end. Sometimes I just don't have the need to do the whole thing at this point or at all.
Especially I don't often reading volumes of poems from envelope to envelope, so this book is the briefest. I' ve been reading 22 non-fiction and 20 fiction and 5 volumes of poems. âThis is less than last year and just about my forever target of a book a week, but hey, it was a crappy year.
Rose Tremain's Sacred Country (1992) -- asked the Sacred Country after seeing Elizabeth McCracken as one of her favourite stories on Twitter. I' m sorry to dispute the tranquillity of Patty Yumi Cottrell (2016) - This is a very good, strange, dark, but sorrowful book, which takes place within a few short working hours, after the storyteller Helen finds out that her adopted sister has murdered herself.
"The trouble with an examination is that they keep investigating until they find something, anything, and only when they find something will they complete the examination. She seems to be a misanthropist (who always calls men and their things "disgusting") with little to no self-confidence; she calls herself a "genius in ethos" and yet seems to have little scruple, little friend.
Unsettled folks at work call her "Sister Reliability"; when the moniker is ironical, she didn't notice. I found this way of dealing with what is known and trustworthy very clever and unexpected, since the actual process of playing can be a little dull. Walser is one of the most famous writers of all time (I was reading an interviewer in which she said that she partly admired Robert Walser's work because it was "artless".
It is interesting to note that most of the works it reminds me of are works I have been reading in translations. He was so fun and well watched, and he really caught the sense of being "an idiot" in terms of living sage and thinking that you have to do what other can do.
Still my favourite is still familiar, but Broken River is as good as any other place to get a sense of Lennon's fictions I have full confidence in. I' ve usually seen it on a train during my stay in Boston. An A Woman of Means von Peter Taylor (1950)?--'n'est pas tout à fait sûr de ce que je ressens à ce sujet, un autre court roman triste du Sud, en quelque sorte ; il se passe à Saint-Louis dans les années 1920, mais c'est d'un auteur du Sud.
I' ve been reading it since we first saw Meet Me in St. Louis; the Golden Age of St. Louis! At first I really liked it, but it's one of those older ones where you can miss the peculiarity of raciality and sex policy until you can't do it anymore.
" Imagining her fiction as something similar, a lightly airy read, not kitschy or offensive either, that succeeds in surprising. I like the figures and the figurines. All in all, however, I always seem cheaper, even if it is good.
But if you are interested in "Beach Reads", this is a definitive one. However, after about 50 pages you notice that it is actually an unorthodox "she's having a baby" novel that reminds me a little of Elisa Albert's After Birth in his readiness to confess "wrong" thoughts and emotions about maternity and maternity, and a little of Laura van der Berg's Find Me in his obsessive quest for the concept of the "mother" figur.
Date in Samarra by John O'Hara (1934) - This Book ?-?This Reminds me of a persons sometimes just the best and other sometimes kind of hole just sparking firm. It was very attractive because I like old books in which folks are drinking a great deal (AKA Veteran Festival Fiction) and books that take place in a few weeks ?in-?in this case, three of them.
It often sounded like an absurd satire, like the way folks spoke in the 1930s, but it was actually spelled in the 1930s, so it's there. "``Totally a bunch of folks reacted in a defensive way, as if I was proposing epigrams that aren't strictly necessary are bullshit. Nope?-?my The last two ledgers have epigrams that I wouldn't describe as necessary; I just liked them.
Anyway, the epigram here will explain the name, which is quite important if you don't already know the name. Kazuo Ishiguro's (1989) -- have loved Ishiguro for years, provided it would be reliably great.
Danzy Senna's (2017) - This is a brief, easy-to-read new novel (like All Grown Up above - ?This I don't think any of these books have a good title), not a good one, but not great either; there are many good things about it, but it does feel like it's a design or two away from a really good novel.
Barbara Comyns' The Vet's Daughter (1959) - A, while I asked on Twitter for references to older books that aren't so popular that I should have already been reading them (like Moby-Dick). God is not bound by Ahmadou Kourouma (2000) - Back When we were in Boston and John taught foreigners in Kaplan, he consented to reading a book from each of his students' home country.
" This wonderfully secular tone of speech makes this look into disastrous acts of force and bribery a startlingly entertaining reading. Again, although I have not seen the source, I have no true way of telling, and so on. Wish I didn't have to sit around waiting month to hear the critics! A Carol Becker (2016) - In The thanksgiving, the writer says: "I have always liked the little ledgers that authors wrote after the loss of a family.
" It' one of those ledgers. And I can't get over what she calls the book Losing Helen. It is a brief non-fiction book (under 200 pages), a kind of real criminal history, which also shows the author's own examination of the case and his own objectivity (partly influenced by In Cold Blood).
I' ve been fascinated by reading novels about ruining people's own selves for many years, and I used to love this confrontation with the implausible existence of an implausible man and the failing of declarations. Kate Zambreno's mother's book (2017) - A "Trauertagebuch" or sad memoire in lyrical essays, very open, synaptical, crude and nervous, consciously "chaotic", his influence openly present in the text, disappointed (I would call all this Zambreno-esque).
"I can' t even now get speech to do what I want".... "Sometimes it seems impossible that I will ever end it, or what that means at all. "What does it mean, if anything, to complete a work of artwork? I can' see why it'?s over: time: Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick (2017) - ?Fascinating - This is a super-readable book about how and why we perceive and pass our times with ruminants about what a watch is, why so many incidents happen between 3am and 5am ("the Zone of Zombie"), what happens to your circular rhythm when you are alone in a den, how long "now" is, why does it slow down with trauma, how does it slow down baby and rat age?
Live's Other Than My Own by Emmanuel Carrere (2009) - This Book begins in Sri Lanka the night before the 2004 Indian Ocean devastation, where Carrere was on holiday with his wife and daughter. Connected to these gruesome incidents in his spirit, he resolved to publish a book about loving, befriending, the shocking experience of dying and how we deal with it, especially through interviews with the persons closest to Juliette, one of whom was a fellow of hers, another magistrate with whom she had a rather deep bond.
It is self-confident: the book is always about making (conception, research, writing) oneself, but not in an unpleasant, flashy way; it is very organically. Carreres Prosa is so intelligent and reserved that he never seems to make a single error. An in-depth psychological survey of the catastrophe, it is difficult to take large dosages, and I am reading it gradually over several MONTH.
Geoff Dyer (2016) - This is supposed to be a mix of a fictional and a non-fiction book, but it really does have the feeling of an article, so I'll deal with it as such. Chelsea Martin's Caca Dolce (2017) -- loves this book with individual articles. I' m feeling freshened to my core. Sven Birkerts's The Other Work ( (2011) - A "slim volume" of many lean articles (usually only 2-3 pages) about all sorts of things; an attentive look around for some occasions (a souvenir, an item, a book, an old photo), then locks and reefs, and each article has two themes, the apparent theme and writing: when typing about everything he also wrote, why he wrote about it and how.
Includes some good definition of poetic, which you may know I am collecting. Janet Malcolm's (1990) - As the journalist and murderer of - As stated on - As, this was of relevance to my present interests, both because I had just finished In Cold Blood (and since I had been interested in real criminality as a kind of vague since my In Cold Blood-inspired The Adversary reading), and because I am trying to rewrite about morality and journalism. In Cold Blood's book, The Adversary, which was partially influenced by Janet Malcolm's In Cold Blood, has been a great success.
But, as a book, it is often clumsy and unlike The Journalist and the Murderer, which Morris contradicts because he doesn't come to one side, he lacks self-confidence. MacDonald also slides any testimonial that would make MacDonald look like a fearful bloke (there's a tale from his past in Malcolm's book that Morris never mentions).
Says they' re not like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, not just looking out in the open and murdering them. There are also about 50 too many epigraphies (one before almost every chapter). Morris's plans are fine, I suppose, and his elitism could be seen as a correction to Fatal Vision, but I don't think this is a very good book.
Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly (2017) - As I've been saying for month, I think very brief non-fiction titles have a second. I' ve never seen anyone talk about it, but it's nice and should address those who like 300 points. "that in every book my man has written, a figure called Colin has a terrible demise.
An-?An interesting and weird book of three long articles, which are more biographies or portraits than memoirs, although many memoirs bleed in. As' Prosa is sometimes arrogant, sometimes amazing in the dismissals of other blacks. In Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker (2013) - Last year I can' not say you have to end you have to finish a book to know if it's good or not.
Without good fiction, you can't have a good book. "I' ve completed this book, but it somehow exemplifies what I mean; I have the feeling that many folks would call it a good book, although the fiction is totally artisan and inconspicuous. Their third book is a mixture of poetic and unplayably absurd theatre (similar to Khadijah Queen's The Black Familiar) with a little shot of Anne Carson-esque essays.
" It is interesting to see this right after Kate Colby's book above, as they are intimate friends/reverse reader. Natalie Shapero (2017) - These 19 verses are highly legible, tight, crooked, mostly about dying and infants (is it all poetic about dying and having newborns? I' ve always thought that it's about dying and the amount of elapsed that you can cut down on, and I think you can also cut down on time).
" I' m rereading it backwards, for some occasion, like in from back to front (not from bottom to top), and the overall qualitiy is remarkable constant. Humane Achievements by Lauren Hunter (2017) ---as if I've seen a writer so often that I can listen to her voices all the while I' m listening to her book, and it felt like she's going to do it.
I' ve got this built-in audiobook effect here. They are very humid and intimate, sometimes longing, sometimes bubbling with a hard, tired rage ("my eye down because no, and my foot quick, because hell no, fist in pocket no, face turned everywhere, but no") and often very amusing ("the last times I was drunken, I gave myself a joking ?how-?how).
It''s my favorite way of throwing people away."). By the way, Ben Mirov's cover text on the back is one of the best I've ever used.