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Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish by Richard Flanagan
Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish

omjess, June 21, 2012

I fold over corners of pages. When a passage inspires, provokes, moves me, I fold over a corner. After reading Gould's Book of Fish there were dozens of folded corners in my copy. First of all, buy the hardcover, simply because you will have the full effect of the lovely paintings and appropriately colored text for each section. This is as much a part of the novel as the words themselves. Secondly, take your time. This is a somewhat dense tale filled with many characters. You will want to absorb each completely. Finally, a bit about the story itself - this is a love story told in perhaps one of the most horrific and simultaneously beautiful manners one has ever been presented. Richard Flanagan courageously weaves an historical web of the truths, legends and lies born in an Australian penal colony in the mind of one who lived it and was transformed by it. Not for the faint of heart, the details are often gruesome. In fact, I chose this as a book club selection and loved every bit of it. Some members had a hard time getting through it. If you prefer a dense, exciting novel with elegant writing and unapologetic imagery, this one's for you.
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog

omjess, January 31, 2012

A very fine story and exceptional translation! If you missed this beautiful book when it was released a few years ago, move it to the top of your reading list now. The premise of the story, a young girl ready to leave this world and a middle-aged woman really entering into it for the first time, alternating between the voices of both, makes for a joyful ride. You will also find a very lovely turn of phrases on each page, so much so that reading will be like slowly enjoying some of the finest chocolates in the world. There are references to philosophy, Tolstoy, Dutch painting and other deliciousness. It reads quickly, but do take your time. Really.
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