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text 2014-02-10 01:19
What Did I Do?
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse
Life and Fate - Robert Chandler,Vasily Grossman
The Trial - Franz Kafka,David Wyllie

I'm one of those people who only read 1 book at a time. It's not because I can't keep track of multiple books...I just prefer 1 book at a time and I finish books faster this way. But something went wrong this month.


I was reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown (which I didn't like very much) and went to the library and took out a few books. So in the middle of Red Rising I started Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler...which I then misplaced (for a week), so I picked up Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I finished Red Rising and started Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse and then Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.


I'm almost done Before We Met and found Parable of the Sower (on the floor of my back porch). And now I have to start The Trial by Franz Kafka for a book club in a few days.


If I hadn't kept picking up new books I would be done with most of the above mentioned books and would have time to devote to The Trial and the tome Life and Fate. I've decided to finish all my current books before I start in on Life and Fate - that one needs my undivided attention. 


So, Booklikes people....which do you prefer - 1 book or multiple books?

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review 2013-12-05 00:00
Life and Fate
Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman Introduction
Historical Background
The Text and the Translation
A Few Books About Stalinist Russia and Vasily Grossman

--Life and Fate

List of Chief Characters
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text 2013-11-28 14:57
Phenomenally good read
The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea - Callum Roberts

An educational and entertaining read and a must have for any nature history and science fan.

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review 2013-11-04 18:01
Wow-Life and Fate
Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman

This is a BBC radio dramatization of the book.   I picked it up because I cannot place up an opportunity to listen to something that has both Kenneth Brannagh and David Tenant.  I just can’t.  Taking place in Russia during the Second World War, in particular Leningrad, the play chronicles the experiences of a family as well as various individuals.  The primary characters are a scientist and his wife, and it is though them that other characters come – the sister and her former lover as well as her current one, a brother and his experiences during the Siege of Leningrad, another sister who falls in love with a pilot and those who are taken and killed by the Nazis.   I dare to listen to the chapter detailing the travel in a cattle car and not be moved.  Superbly acted, heart aching, beautiful, stunning.  I wish NPR would do stuff like this.

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review 2013-10-27 08:20
Life and Fate
Life and Fate - Vasily Grossman

bookshelves: radio-4, autumn-2011, published-1980, wwii, war, slavic, epic-proportions, philosophy, nazi-related, holocaust-genocide, classic, teh-brillianz, translation

Recommended for: Brazilliant Laura et al
Read from September 12 to 25, 2011

* Classic Serial in two parts starting 18th September 2011. ALSO This epic saga takes over every drama strand on Radio 4 this week.

Original music by John Hardy with Rob Whitehead Performed by Oliver Wilson-Dickson, Tom Jackson, Stacey Blythe and Max Pownall Translated by Robert Chandler Directed and Produced by Alison Hindell

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