Arukiyomi's Progress Year 12: 2018

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Arukiyomi's Progress Year 12: 2018

Editado: Mar 16, 2018, 2:39am are in the grip of a storyteller
who is determined not to reveal
his full hand for some time.

#524: Everything is Illuminated

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

Maio 19, 2018, 4:36am

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

#526: Burmese Days

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

Maio 19, 2018, 4:49am

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

#528: Hallucinating Foucault

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

Maio 19, 2018, 4:57am

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

#530: Arrow of God

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

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.

Maio 26, 2018, 3:31am

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

Maio 27, 2018, 5:51am

Maybe until after you die!

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

Jul 21, 2018, 9:57am

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

#533: Gormenghast

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

Ago 26, 2018, 10:00am

... too close to the bone for comfort.

#535: Fall on Your Knees

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

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

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

Set 11, 2018, 8:05pm

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

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!

Set 15, 2018, 8:23am

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

#539: Hunger

Out 26, 2018, 1:30pm

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

#540: There but for the

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

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

Nov 3, 2018, 4:49am

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

#544: Americanah

Nov 3, 2018, 4:53am

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

#545: Pale Fire

Nov 10, 2018, 8:27am

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

#546: Rabbit Redux

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

Ago 23, 2020, 6:51am

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

#548: The Story of Lucy Gault

Editado: Ago 26, 2020, 4:13am

Nothing to see here people. Move along.

#549: Three Trapped Tigers

Ago 23, 2020, 7:08am

Hey! Welcome back!

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!

Editado: Ago 26, 2020, 5:14am

#550: Islands

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

Ago 23, 2020, 10:30am

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

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.

Ago 26, 2020, 3:58am

thanks everyone! I feel missed!!!

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

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.

Ago 26, 2020, 8:00am

#552: Slaughterhouse Five

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

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.

Ago 29, 2020, 9:09am

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

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:

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

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.

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.

Set 1, 2020, 10:52am

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