The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

bookshelves: autumn-2010, published-2006, room-101, historical-masturbation, abandoned

Read on October 31, 2010

 

 I should say at the start that I haven’t seen the film.

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Later (but not too much later).. I find this detestable. There are enough real examples of the holocaust without needing to bring into being a cartoon version.

You want to learn about the holocaust then read history books instead.

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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

bookshelves: published-1999, japan, autumn-2010

Read from October 08, 2010 to August 29, 2014


This has sucked me in straight away. I heart David Mitchell and it’s not just that I am reading it before sleep that some images (and the toons as well of course) pervade my dreams, it is more to do with Mitchell’s word painting. Take that moment (in 3. Hong Kong, if my memory serves me right) where a head fractures into those easter egg pieces or how about that moment he listened to Blackbird from the White Album; he had heard it before but hadn’t listened and is blown away by its beauty.

Mitchell doesn’t just write books, he puts impressions onto paper that speak directly into the right side of our brains. Oh, and did I mention that it has nine sections that are really ten, perhaps to signify that life in all its coexisting facets is bigger and weirder than the sum of its parts – and remember that #9 is BIG in Japanese doojah-ology.

Sea Room by Adam Nicolson

bookshelves: published-2001, britain-scotland, nonfiction, one-penny-wonder, autumn-2010, ancient-history, archaeology, vikings, sciences

Read from October 19 to 20, 2010

 

** spoiler alert ** A keeper for sure; one never knows when one can break out the Nordic war-boat and head out to investigate the islands. A meandering description with black and white photos dotted throughout, also a few diagrams and maps.

About the author (wiki-sourced) – Adam Nicolson is the son of writer Nigel Nicolson and grandson of the writers Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson. He was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge and has worked as a journalist and columnist on the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Nicolson was married to Olivia Fane from 1982 to 1992. They had three sons.[1] Since 1992 Nicolson has been married to Sarah Raven. He and his wife have two daughters and live at Perch Hill Farm[2] in Sussex and at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.

First sentence – For the Last twenty years I have owned some islands

Grandmother(Vita Sackville-West) died and left father some money and an advert had been seen in the Daily Telegraph. Some previous owners were Compton Mackenzie, Lord Leverhulme and more recently, a racehorse breeder. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this was not a good place to rear Derby winners

The House by the Dvina

bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, published-1984, autobiography-memoir, autumn-2010, slavic, history, under-500-ratings, britain-scotland, paper-read, nonfiction

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Brazilliant Laura
Read from September 08 to 22, 2010

I remember the station. Nikolayevsky Vokzal, it was called in those days.

This is rich pickings indeed; thoroughly compelling and beautifully written, with memories through a young girl’s eyes and laced with stories told by older generations.

Found by Gaeta:
Off The Page : Eugenie Fraser

‘Drdushka decided to take a trip to the famous Solovetsky Monastry on the White Sea.’