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• What are you reading?

The Traitor Baru Cormorant, by Seth Dickinson. I fell in love with Baru Cormorant immediately: a brilliant little girl, who "cared mostly for arithmetic and birds and her parents, who could show her the stars.... Baru loved her mother and her fathers dearly, but she loved to know things just a small measure more." A great and powerful empire is going to take over her country, destroy her culture, and harm her people, so she decides to join the empire and rise to a position of such power that she can protect everything she loves. Naturally. I know from reviews that it ends so painfully that I probably wouldn't read it if it weren't for SF book group.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert. I do not get what makes this book so great. Life is sad, painful, and futile, but you can always make it worse by longing for something else?

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Hope in the Dark, by Rebecca Solnit, for Tawanda book group Sunday.

I also have 26 items checked out of the library, which is way too many. 16 fiction, 9 nonfiction, 1 movie.

Date: 2017-04-13 08:42 am (UTC)
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The best English teacher I ever had successfully managed to convince me that Madame Bovary is a black comedy, and that it gets touted as a realistic novel when it is in fact anything but. Unfortunately, I would need to reread the book to provide actual citations, which I haven't done in a while, but he was really convincing and the whole thing sort of snapped into place in my head, enough that I have reread and enjoyed it. I certainly don't see how it could be good in any other way.

Date: 2017-04-13 10:34 am (UTC)
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That is a most excellent one-line summary of Madame Bovary!

Date: 2017-04-13 05:29 pm (UTC)
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26 items checked out of the library! I didn't know that was even POSSIBLE!

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