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Book whiffs

Some updates, for those of you who didn’t see it on my Instagram (rexygoesrawr). I bought the hot pink roses when they came back in stock. 1,822 more words


Too many damn novels.

Books are booming, with hundreds of thousands published worldwide each year in various forms. It seems that everyone really does have a novel inside them – which is probably where it should stay, says Spain’s foremost living novelist, Javier Marias

Source: The Independent


Mainly On Not Writing a Novel

Many of us have the urge to write a novel, or even more than one. I’ve thought about writing one, but have never begun the process, for two reasons.  158 more words


The Infatuations by Javier Marías, tr. by Margaret Jull Costa

When someone tells us something, it always seems like a fiction, because we don’t know the story at first hand and can’t be sure it happened, however much we are assured that the story is a true one, not an invention, but real.

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Book Reviews

Fußball ist unser Leben

Da ich mehrfach gefragt worden bin, ob die Fußballweltmeisterschaft bei uns nicht stattfindet, möchte ich gern darauf antworten: Doch. Fußball wird in diesem Haus sehr geliebt, wir nennen es The beautiful game und sind ihm durch ganz Europa hinterhergereist. 291 more words

The Infatuations: Javier Marías (well, some of it...)

Something has happened that hasn’t happened to me in a long time. I didn’t finish a book. I’m normally persistent to a fault. I just lost momentum with… 211 more words

Book Review

The last digression of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Reading the final ‘long awaited’ – which in this instance meant waiting for the Death of the Author in 2011 at the age of 96 – third volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s account of his 1934 trek across Europe, three questions occur to me about the inability of PLF to complete and publish the book while still alive. 630 more words