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Forum: Book Reviews 8th Mar 2016, 21:53
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Views: 1,321
Posted By WCarp
Re: A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

I bought this book back in December after it appeared on several 'best of the year' lists. I've read a story here and there between other things, but it has sat on my nightstand unopened for weeks. ...
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Feb 2016, 23:11
Replies: 17
Views: 5,102
Posted By WCarp
Re: Kate Atkinson: One Good Turn

Well, I feel like an idiot now, Ang. I did wonder if you were posing a question - 'fill in the blank with your own take on it' - or if there was something to be done with your post. I had my...
Forum: Book Reviews 21st Feb 2016, 18:39
Replies: 17
Views: 5,102
Posted By WCarp
Re: Kate Atkinson: One Good Turn

Hi, Ang.

I read A God in Ruins and rated it ****0. It may have received the 5-star treatment, hadn't I...

I read it back in March of last year and had you posed this question then (you are...
Forum: Book Reviews 30th Jan 2016, 14:15
Replies: 10
Views: 5,387
Posted By WCarp
Re: Palimplists 2016

March:
20. Goodnight, Beautiful Women (ARC) – Anna Noyes (current)
19. Human Acts – Han Kang *****
18. The Association of Small Bombs - Karan Mahajan****0
17. Man Tiger - Eka Kurniawan ***00 1/2 ...
Forum: Book Reviews 18th Jun 2015, 20:11
Replies: 1
Views: 1,101
Posted By WCarp
Re: IMPAC Award 2015

Happy to see that Crace has won. I was disappointed when Harvest failed to win the Booker Prize the year that it was shortlisted. It had been my favorite - an exceptional work of fiction.
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Jun 2015, 20:20
Replies: 10
Views: 2,485
Posted By WCarp
Re: 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

The winner is: How to be both, by Ali Smith
Forum: Book Reviews 26th May 2015, 22:38
Replies: 10
Views: 2,485
Posted By WCarp
Re: 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

I've managed to read 5 of the 6. The only one I haven't read is Shamsie's A God in Every Stone - which means it will probably win. I feel that Cusk, Waters, Smith and Tyler would all be worthy...
Forum: Book Reviews 6th May 2015, 18:18
Replies: 10
Views: 2,485
Posted By WCarp
Re: 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

To follow through on this thread that I began... The shorlist was announced a couple weeks ago:

Outline, by Rachel Cusk (8th novel)
The Bees, by Laline Paull (1st novel)
A God in Every Stone,...
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Mar 2015, 15:39
Replies: 10
Views: 2,485
Posted By WCarp
2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Is anyone interested in this Prize? I generally like this prize and will attempt to read some of the titles - the shortlist at least (although I'm not always successful.) The longlist, which was...
Forum: Book Reviews 9th Feb 2015, 16:23
Replies: 9
Views: 2,004
Posted By WCarp
Re: Folio Prize 2015

The shortlist has been announced.

The Shortlist:
10:04 by Ben Lerner
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Family Life by...
Forum: Book Reviews 30th Jan 2015, 14:48
Replies: 9
Views: 2,004
Posted By WCarp
Re: Folio Prize 2015

I agree with paddyjoe regarding 10:40. Not only did I feel like I was missing something, I wasn't even positive I understood what the author was trying 'to say'.

Others from the list that I read...
Forum: Book Reviews 26th Jan 2015, 13:29
Replies: 9
Views: 2,004
Posted By WCarp
Re: Folio Prize 2015

Ang, thanks for posting this. I'm excited about the prize this year. If I have counted correctly I have read 35 of the 80 listed and, based solely on what I've read, I think it is a strong group. ...
Forum: Book Reviews 19th Jan 2015, 14:21
Replies: 18
Views: 7,221
Posted By WCarp
Re: Palimplists 2015

December:
87. Farthest Field – Raghu Karnad ***00 1/2
86. Beauty Is a Wound – Eka Kurniawean ****0 1/2
85. Beatlebone – Kevin Barry ***00 1/2
84. The Door – Magda Szabo *****

November:...
Forum: Book Reviews 17th Nov 2014, 14:50
Replies: 10
Views: 3,643
Posted By WCarp
Re: Nobel Prize in Literature 2014

I will admit that I had never read or even heard of Patrick Modiano when it was announced that he won the Nobel Prize. I decided that I would pick up a novel by him at some point and yesterday I...
Forum: Book Reviews 3rd Jul 2014, 12:59
Replies: 5
Views: 1,746
Posted By WCarp
Re: IMPAC shortlist 2014

Thanks for your posts/prize updates, vencut2. I'm a sucker for all the literary prize lists and speculations. I read the winner, The Sound Of Things Falling, back in January. I thought it was very...
Forum: Book Reviews 31st Jan 2014, 13:57
Replies: 22
Views: 12,881
Posted By WCarp
Re: Palimplists 2014

wshaw - Hello and thanks. A couple books in my list probably deserve a higher rating than I gave and I may have to remedy that; Barracuda, in particular, may rate higher than 4 stars. I'm feeling...
Forum: Book Reviews 24th Jan 2014, 15:54
Replies: 22
Views: 12,881
Posted By WCarp
Re: Palimplists 2014

December:
89. Thunderstruck & Other Stories - Elizabeth McCracken ****0
88. When Mystical Creatures Attack! - Kathleen Founds ****0 1/2
87. 10:04 - Ben Lerner ***00
86. I Pity the Poor Immigrant...
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