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review 2016-09-09 14:48
Magic Realism Square
Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories (New York Review Books Classics) - Robert Walser,Tom Whalen,Tom Whalen,Nicole Kongeter,Annette Wiesner

2016 NYRB Selection for Sept.


Walser's short stories are really more like flash fiction, though that term had not been invented when his work was first published.  If you have read Italio Calvino, you might want to try Walser for the writing, magic, and absurdity are very similar, though Calvino is the better writer.   


The best stories in this collection are the ones about the kittens, the spirit of the forest, and the murderess.  There is some humor as well, as in the one about the dentist.

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review 2016-07-20 21:19
so wow
Before the Feast - Sasa Stanisic,Anthea Bell

                This book is one of those that are instant cover lover.  It is also a good read.

                 A friend of mine who read the back cover said it sounds like a mixture of British comedy, Shirley Jackson, and Monty Python.  (Yes, I know).

                He’s not far off.

                The witches’ brew works too.

                The novel centers on a town in Germany that sits near two lakes.  It is an old town with old traditions and old mysteries.

                The difficult thing is that it is impossible to write a review without spoilers.  The language is wonderful, so odds are the translation is good.  The story is told in short chapters. There is the old man who may or may not be attempting to commit suicide.  There is the assistant bell ringer.  There is the bar owner, though it isn’t really a bar.  There is the woman who runs the historic building.  There is the egg seller.  There is the young woman who is leaving town in some way.  There is the vixen. 

                And there is the narrator.

                It is such a lovely novel.  It really is.  There is magic in it.   If you like fairy tales, folklore, ghost stories, vixens,

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review 2016-06-16 00:41
Grand Hotel (New York Review Books Classics) - Vicki Baum,Margot Bettauer Dembo,Basil Creighton,Noah Isenberg

June 2016 NYRB Book Club Selection.

Baum's book is a slow start. It took me awhile to get into it. But then when you get to the ballerina and the thief, it is so beautiful. What is amazing, in some aspects, is how little things have changed.

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review 2016-05-27 06:16
Mängelexemplar: Roman (German Edition) - Sarah Kuttner

... hab das Teil doch noch gestern ausgelesen :)


Leider gab es doch keinen auch nur ansatzweise feministisch vertretbaren Twist am Ende. Es bleibt also dabei: Frau ohne Mann = komplettes Chaos. Frau mit Mann = Erfolg.


Trotzdem echt lesbar und insgesamt ganz gut.


Ich muss mich wohl noch etwas sortieren. Und wach werden.

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text 2016-05-26 21:55
Reading progress update: I've read 182 out of 263 pages.
Mängelexemplar: Roman (German Edition) - Sarah Kuttner

Also das liest sich ja praktisch von selbst!


Die erste Hälfte ist allerdings bedeutend besser: Darin fällt Karo in eine Depression und wir verfolgen ihre gesundheitliche Entwicklung. Da ich selbst keine erbliche Depression habe, aber liebe Menschen in meinem Umfeld, finde ich jeden Annäherungsversuch an das Thema wertvoll. Auch wenn Sarah Kuttner die Depression nur aus Beobachtungen an anderen schildert.


In der zweiten Hälfte fällt der Roman aber ins typische Frauenroman-Schema, das er selbst in seiner besseren Hälfte auf die Schippe nimmt. Die Frau ist ohne Mann keine Frau. Es geht nur darum, mit welchem Kerl sich Karo zusammentun will. Mh.

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