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A Most Peculiar Act, by Marie Munkara

Thanks to Sonia who posted a comment during Indigenous Literature Week in 2015, I have had Marie Munkara’s novella A Most Peculiar Act on my radar for a while, and I was lucky that with great timing for #IndigLitWeek & #NAIDOC it came into the library this week.  1,109 more words


In an era of systematic environmental destruction, Jean Giono’s story praises human generosity and inspires the rediscovery of creativity and sustainability

Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees

Published 2015 by Harvill Secker, a Penguin Random House Company (first published 1953), 56p

To see a human being reveal really exceptional qualities one must be able to observe his activities over many years.

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The Faint-hearted Bolshevik, by Lorenzo Silva, translated by Nick Caistor and Isabelle Kaufeler

July is Spanish Lit month at Winston’s Dad so I checked my Spanish TBR shelf at Goodreads and chose the one with the most intriguing title.   593 more words


Venice, by Nick Earls

Venice is Book 2 in Nick Earls’ Wisdom Tree series of novellas; it follows Gotham which I reviewed last month.

The title is a reference to the… 501 more words


Radish, by Mo Yan, translated by Howard Goldblatt

I am not often flummoxed by a book, but Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan’s Radish tested my ability to interpret a writer’s purpose.   It seems to be an allegory for China’s… 1,538 more words


The Proof (The Notebook Trilogy#2), by Ágota Kristóf, translated by David Watson

The Proof is second in Ágota Kristóf ‘s The Notebook Trilogy, and it’s written in the same chilling unemotional prose.  It follows on from The Notebook… 954 more words