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Go Set A Watchman – Review #HarperLee

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One of the most anticipated novels of 2015. More like an early draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. The book is not coherent enough, it’s more like snippets and vignettes that would have lead to something concrete and understandable. 

I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird. It lacked that climax event that was in the Mockingbird.

Though it was nice to visit Maycomb and see what happened in two decades.

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The Strange Library – A Review

A very short fable by Haruki Murakami. I think this fable is addressed to Young Adults. The main character steps into the public library to look for answers. To read. To research a topic ( taxation in Ottoman Turkey) a random topic which is so Murakami.

He is then sent away into the depth of the library to face an interesting destiny.

The cast of secondary characters include a sheep man. A mysterious girl with no vocal cords. and the old man.

I think this could be a warning tale to children not to approach public libraries before closing time and get locked in it. or just a fantasy when you read a book and just get lost in it and escape into another world. another dimension. 

The narrative is crisp and fresh. yet it’s lacking the complexity of a regular Murakami.

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The Bear – Marian Engels ( Review)

Lou and the bear.

Lou the lady who works underground. . in the darkness… collecting the history of families … yellowed pictures. . foxy books. cataloging and long dark nights.

She gets a chance to spend a summer at Cray Island. A house.. more like a mansion. all for herself to catalogue .. books and furniture.. and a bear.

Bear a bear .. a male. the musk and dirt. the organic and natural. an inhabitant .. a fixture .. with every colonel there was a bear. he is the last of them.

this book caused a lot of controversy. . a woman in love with a bear. a love that evolved from companionship… caring.. feeding into a sensual beastiality. A woman craving a man.

Lou is conscious of her actions. she knows what she’s doing. she is not sugar coating .. she loves Bear. Looking for a real macho. something that’s not tainted. a pure form.

the erotica in this book is probably in the last quarter of it. It may be graphic for some, yet it’s there to show you how normal it can be.

Marian Engels did a marvelous job in this short novel. She truly transported the reader into the island. one can smell the sea and forget the city. forget the noise and pollution and venture into a dark Victorian library and relax with a bear sleeping by the fire.

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Salman Rushdie on final editions of books

” When a book leaves its author’s desk it changes. Even before anyone has read it, before eyes other than its creator have looked upon a single phrase it is irretrievably altered. It has become a book that can be read, that no longer belongs to its master. It has acquired in a sense, a free will.”

Salman Rushdie in his memoir Joseph Anton

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Fragment #10 Penguin

Why do you love Penguin – the publishing house- ?

Because …

Because is not an answer, I thought words were your lovers.

Because .. How can you not love an Orange coloured spine, with an innocent looking penguin.

But, this is not an answer..that is not the answer I am looking for. You are not 5 years old anymore.

Penguin , Dr. Inquisitive, means a lot for me. The quality of a book for a reasonable price. Their modern classic series, a childhood companion when I was not in my gym class, I would be in a room reading a book.

So you hated people?

I love mankind, but I hate people.

Why do you like Penguin, not Vintage or City Lights ?

When you publish a banned or as it was called obscene – Lady Chatterly- and win a case in front the court , and allow millions of people to read the book. This inspires you to respect them.

But they published books that caused a lot of problems like The Satanic Verses..?

Book terrorism never happened before that, if it was not Penguin, it would be any other publishing house. Your question does not prove a point.

Your answer is even more ridiculous… What’s your favourite book?

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. An Australian author. A family saga in the Australian outback over six decades in a book about love, religion, war, dedication, secrets. What goes around comes around sort of book.

Though it is not a Penguin book .. Avon is the publisher as I recall..

That doesn’t mean I only read Penguin books.. this is becoming ridiculous .. I withdraw …

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March of Penguin

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