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Mini Literature Party

23 Aug

GettingLostInItEntries in and after a quick nap, I picked Maps for Lost Lovers which, judging by the first two pages is going to be a fine read.  It’s a rich tapestry of imagery and prose so far and having heard good things about this book, I look forward to diving further into the story, the synopsis of which is here:

In an unnamed town Jugnu and his lover Chanda have disappeared. Rumours abound in the close-knit Pakistani community, and then on a snow-covered January morning Chanda’s brothers are arrested for murder. Telling the story of the next twelve months, Maps for Lost Lovers opens the heart of a family at the crossroads of culture, community, nationality and religion, and expresses their pain in a language that is arrestingly poetic.

On a different note, just after picking this book up, another one thumped onto the doormat.  The House of Paper by Carlos Maria Dominguez is a small but delightful looking book and as I’m in generous mood, you can have the blurb for that too…

In the spring of 1998, Bluma Lennon, a Cambridge academic who has just acquired a copy of Emily Dickinson’s Poems from a second-hand bookshop in Soho, is knocked down and killed at a crossroads. Following Bluma’s death, a colleague finds in her house a copy of Conrad’s The Shadow Line inscribed with a mysterious dedication and crusted around the edges with what appears to be cement. Intrigued, the colleague begins an 51Mar9bEdOL._SX342_BO1,204,203,200_investigation which will take him on a journey from Cambridge to Buenos Aires and across the River Plate to Montevideo as he hunts for clues to the identity and fate of an obscure and dedicated bibliophile. He learns the story of Carlos Brauer, a man whose obsession for books is all consuming. Vast bookcases fill his rooms from end to end, floor to ceiling, forcing his car out of the garage and even himself out of his bedroom and in to the attic. Books are arranged according to a strict system: Shakespeare cannot be placed next to Marlowe, because of accusations of plagiarism between the two, and Martin Amis cannot sit alongside Julian Barnes. All becomes dependent upon a complex indexing system, which will ultimately prove to be the undoing of this man of books.

Anyway on that note, happy reading for the day and week folks!

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37 responses to “Mini Literature Party

  1. Jill Weatherholt

    23/08/2016 at 15:26

    Happy reading, Ste J!

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    • Ste J

      23/08/2016 at 15:36

      Thank you, life is certainly good today.

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  2. shadowoperator

    23/08/2016 at 15:51

    All right, all right! How comes it that all your books on your shelves look in such good condition? Even ones newly acquired by me, before I’ve even read them, are often tattered. You must have a keen eye for a neat book at a second-hand shop, as well as a good book!

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    • Ste J

      23/08/2016 at 16:01

      I am obsessive with keeping my books in good condition, when I go second hand, I avoid the books with broken spines or things written in them, even though the latter shouldn’t bother me if the writing is legible. To me they are not just something I read but an investment for my future self.

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  3. renxkyoko

    23/08/2016 at 16:58

    The House of Paper sounds interesting.

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    • Ste J

      24/08/2016 at 13:36

      And for a penny, a bargain to boot.

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  4. Jessica

    23/08/2016 at 17:44

    Yippee – the book I picked won! I am feeling a disproportionate sense of pride at the moment. I’m eagerly looking for your review to see whether or not this is worthy of the Marquez comparison. The House of Paper seems intriguing as well.

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    • Ste J

      24/08/2016 at 13:52

      The House of Paper only cost me a penny! Feel the appreciation as so far I am very pleased with the book.

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  5. Liz

    23/08/2016 at 17:55

    Very happy reading to you too – a great looking choice. I would have gone for the Stephen King, which is fabulous – you need to add that to your ‘next’ pile 🙂

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    • Ste J

      24/08/2016 at 13:29

      It’s been on there for a while, not sure why it hasn’t won yet…although each book I pick up seems to be really compelling at the moment. I will get there soon.

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  6. gargoylebruce

    23/08/2016 at 23:23

    That second book is your biography isn’t it? Except for the being dead part. Looks intriguing!

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    • Ste J

      24/08/2016 at 13:35

      Unless I am writing this from beyond the grave..which could be difficult to disprove.

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  7. clarepooley33

    24/08/2016 at 00:02

    Both books sound really interesting! I look forward to your thoughts on them. Enjoy your week Ste!

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    • Ste J

      24/08/2016 at 13:32

      It’s going to be a great reading them and I also found a book on the market today which I know you will be looking forward to the review of. For 50p I secured the mighty Crabs on a Rampage, I know you love those types of book!

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  8. macjam47

    24/08/2016 at 00:32

    Happy reading, my friend.

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    • Ste J

      24/08/2016 at 13:26

      Thank you! It’ going great so far.

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  9. cricketmuse

    24/08/2016 at 15:26

    I’m definitely drawn to bibliophile books. House of Paper is added to my TBR.

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    • Ste J

      25/08/2016 at 13:43

      I want to read it now that everybody is interested in it but I did start the other book first and in all fairness it is really good as well.

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      • cricketmuse

        25/08/2016 at 15:07

        I seem to be drawn to bookstore novels as well. And oddly enough I frequent libraries instead of bookstores. Not much out there about libraries though.

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        • Ste J

          25/08/2016 at 15:17

          There should be, I think you have identified a gap in the market…this time next year you won’t be ale to move for them!

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  10. Liz Dexter

    26/08/2016 at 08:20

    I thought I’d read Maps for Lost Lovers but now I’m not sure! Hm … Yes, checked – I read this TEN YEARS AGO, so no wonder I didn’t remember it, as I’ve read 1,000 books since then. https://librofulltime.wordpress.com/2006/10/24/nadeem-aslam-maps-for-lost-lovers/ that’s my review, if you’re interested.

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    • Ste J

      26/08/2016 at 12:50

      Where does the time go and 1000 books, I wish I could keep to your amount, you have further whetted my appetite to get through this book in a quick, slow way now.

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      • Liz Dexter

        26/08/2016 at 14:23

        That’s “only” 100 a year so it’s probably more than that. Crikey!

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        • Ste J

          29/08/2016 at 16:52

          I did 100 in a year once, that was fairly challenging, I wish I could keep it up every year. You are an inspiration.

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  11. anna amundsen

    27/08/2016 at 17:04

    I am trying to remember where did I first read about The House of Paper.. I can’t, it won’t come..
    Anyway, it seems tremendously interesting and I wonder how it is that I haven’t picked it up yet. Well..

    I am rereading Mr Darwin’s Gardener at the moment. It can’t be called a happy reading but it’s a good reading.

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    • Ste J

      29/08/2016 at 17:22

      I think I heard of this one from you as well, you are a font of good books for me. It took me ages to find a copy, I had to resort to going on Amazon after a few years of fruitless looking in real bookshops.

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      • anna amundsen

        01/09/2016 at 22:19

        Really? Well, isn’t it a bit unsettling – I cannot remember recommending it.. I have to work on my memory, or practice being more present at a given moment..
        It was that hard to find? But, come to think of it, it is not such a surprise..
        Hope it proves worthy of your sacrifice!

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        • Ste J

          08/09/2016 at 12:01

          I find memory is not so good if trying to recall something that I didn’t read in a book. We fill our heads with such richness that it is inevitable some things fall out the other side. I haven’t done much reading recently but back on that horse now so will get to it and all the other great books that are vying for my attention.

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  12. Resa

    27/08/2016 at 22:05

    The second book sounds very intriguing! Did you get either of these books read, or did “The Wire” distract you? LOL, I’m reading your posts backwards. 😀
    BTW – I’m a fan of Wood Harris. I suppose his character is fab in “The Wire”.

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    • Ste J

      29/08/2016 at 16:59

      The Wire has distracted me of late, I have a shedload of notes to write up properly. I will finish season 3 tonight and n doubt start season 4 ( my favourite) too. Wood Harris is great in it, very believable and yet another reason for you to watch it…

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  13. pins & ashes

    28/08/2016 at 16:52

    I would have picked both of them up by the cover design .. Will look forward for your review. Do you review here or do you have another blog for that. Cya around

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    • Ste J

      29/08/2016 at 17:36

      Greetings and welcome! I review on here, although I got distracted from watching The Wire but I will be getting to the reading in the coming days.

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  14. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    29/08/2016 at 13:53

    You are on a reading spree!

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