Arukiyomi's Progress Year 12: 2018

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Arukiyomi's Progress Year 12: 2018

1arukiyomi
Editado: Mar 16, 2018, 2:39am



...you are in the grip of a storyteller
who is determined not to reveal
his full hand for some time.


#524: Everything is Illuminated

2arukiyomi
Mar 16, 2018, 2:41am



...just the start of his criticism
of the morals of his day... he’s just
limbering up with this one.


#525: The Woodlanders

3arukiyomi
Maio 19, 2018, 4:36am



...those of us who sympathise
with Flory can occasionally feel
like replicating his final desperate act.


#526: Burmese Days

4arukiyomi
Maio 19, 2018, 4:45am



... a study in spousal neglect
... when a husband and father lives
with his head in the clouds.


#527: The Man who Loved Children

5arukiyomi
Maio 19, 2018, 4:49am



... characters who are a just
far enough removed from everyday
reality to actually relate to insanity.


#528: Hallucinating Foucault

6arukiyomi
Maio 19, 2018, 4:53am



I can’t think another novel this year
will be as powerful as this one when it
comes to the desire to simply make it stop.


#529: The Savage Detectives

7arukiyomi
Maio 19, 2018, 4:57am



Achebe gives voice to the people
of the Igbo tribe as only he can.


#530: Arrow of God

8arukiyomi
Maio 25, 2018, 11:27am



... forefront in her mind could
not have been the need to construct
a novel that actually holds together.


#531: Daniel Deronda

9puckers
Maio 25, 2018, 4:41pm

>8 arukiyomi: I have enjoyed all of Elliot’s books apart from this one which, like you, I rated a pass mark of 2.5/5.

10BekkaJo
Maio 26, 2018, 3:31am

>6 arukiyomi: Well that one can wait some time!!

11arukiyomi
Maio 27, 2018, 5:51am

Maybe until after you die!

12arukiyomi
Jul 14, 2018, 12:15pm



It’s almost as if Dickens had a
window in time through which
to study Trump for inspiration.


#532: Martin Chuzzlewit

13arukiyomi
Jul 21, 2018, 9:57am



...the best way to approach it all
is to lie back and drift in the stream


#533: Gormenghast

14arukiyomi
Ago 9, 2018, 1:50pm



If novelists are to deserve a voice,
priority should surely be given to novelists
who tell stories of the forcibly silenced.


#534: Of Love and Shadows

15arukiyomi
Ago 26, 2018, 10:00am



... too close to the bone for comfort.

#535: Fall on Your Knees

16arukiyomi
Ago 26, 2018, 10:04am



... far, far ahead in terms of both
its influence and the esteem with which
it is (still) held in its home country.


#536: Germinal

17arukiyomi
Editado: Set 8, 2018, 2:16am



Many regard Portrait as James’
greatest novel. What they mean by this,
of course, is that it’s the easiest to read.


#537: The Portrait of a Lady

18arukiyomi
Set 8, 2018, 2:15am



... an infinite number of chimpanzees ...
would probably form a committee to ensure
they never randomly produced the rubbish
that is Great Apes.


#538: Great Apes

19gypsysmom
Set 11, 2018, 8:05pm

>15 arukiyomi: Your review echoes exactly my feeling about this book.

20arukiyomi
Set 12, 2018, 5:18am

... so if anyone says I'm wide of the mark, I'll just say that I'm not the only one!

21arukiyomi
Set 15, 2018, 8:23am



... cram packed with the fevered wanderings
of a protagonist whose own fate he fumbles daily.


#539: Hunger

22arukiyomi
Out 26, 2018, 1:30pm



... doesn’t really do anything
she hasn’t already done before.


#540: There but for the

23arukiyomi
Editado: Out 26, 2018, 1:39pm



... suffers from readers having
to suspend belief that anyone can
remember events years ago in
anything like the detail depicted


#542: The Secret History

24arukiyomi
Out 26, 2018, 1:42pm



... exploring the crises that occur
in the minds of men who are too old
to have earned a mid-life crisis.


#543: Rabbit, Run

25arukiyomi
Nov 3, 2018, 4:49am



... the state of race in a
nation founded on racism.


#544: Americanah

26arukiyomi
Nov 3, 2018, 4:53am



What I do know is that
I have no clue what it’s about ...


#545: Pale Fire

27arukiyomi
Nov 10, 2018, 8:27am



... here we have people
whose existence is entirely pointless.


#546: Rabbit Redux

28arukiyomi
Editado: Ago 23, 2020, 5:56am



... while Updike can write great prose,
he turned his skill to rendering lives that were
entirely unworthy of our focus.


#547: Rabbit is Rich

29arukiyomi
Ago 23, 2020, 6:51am



... mourning, separation and loss which
William Trevor’s prose paints perfectly.


#548: The Story of Lucy Gault

30arukiyomi
Editado: Ago 26, 2020, 4:13am



Nothing to see here people. Move along.

#549: Three Trapped Tigers

31annamorphic
Ago 23, 2020, 7:08am

Hey! Welcome back!

32arukiyomi
Ago 23, 2020, 7:21am

ha... wondered when someone would pop up and say that! Thanks! I'm up to date with reviews but haven't posted them, that's all. Repatriation and a full house refurb have consumed the last year and a half pretty much entirely!

33arukiyomi
Editado: Ago 26, 2020, 5:14am



#550: Islands


... a great many lessons here that
we still have not yet learned

34gypsysmom
Ago 23, 2020, 10:30am

Yes indeed welcome back. I've missed your insightful reviews.

35puckers
Ago 23, 2020, 3:18pm

>32 arukiyomi: Good to have you back! Hopefully you can settle down to more reading once those projects are behind you.

36arukiyomi
Ago 26, 2020, 3:58am

thanks everyone! I feel missed!!!

37arukiyomi
Ago 26, 2020, 5:17am



#550: Eclipse of the Crescent Moon


... so true to type that the Disney version
has every villainous Turk speaking
with a British accent

38arukiyomi
Ago 26, 2020, 7:56am



#551: The Untouchable


This is not a novel for those
who like to have everything told
them up front. This is a slow burn.

39arukiyomi
Ago 26, 2020, 8:00am



#552: Slaughterhouse Five


... so short, so deceptively simple,
so (frankly) bonkers and yet so very relevant ...

40puckers
Ago 26, 2020, 3:37pm

>38 arukiyomi: This is my favourite of the Banvilles on the list - 5 star read for me. Shroud is also good (4 star). Like you I didn’t rate The Sea and The Newton Letter as highly.

41arukiyomi
Ago 29, 2020, 9:09am

ah right... good to know I'm in company!

42arukiyomi
Ago 29, 2020, 9:17am



#553: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy



... foundational to literature in the same way
that Leviticus is foundational to Holy Scripture:
tediously.

43arukiyomi
Ago 30, 2020, 12:55pm



#554: The Holder of the World



... what Mukherjee lacks in her ability
to write she also lacks in her ability
to construct a coherent novel

44arukiyomi
Ago 30, 2020, 1:06pm



#555: Fingersmith



... what life is like when you can’t help but
colour every one of life’s narratives with
the same shade of pink.

45arukiyomi
Ago 30, 2020, 3:05pm



#556: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man



I can’t think of a better place to
start with Joyce. I’m sure that’s
exactly what he intended.

46arukiyomi
Set 1, 2020, 10:52am

phew... that's 2018 finally caught up with. Now on to a new thread and 2019.