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Watcha Reading is full. 204 comments. Trying a new name to see if that works.

Thursday, 16 October 2014



Group Read - THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH - Richard Flanagan






The Mann Booker Prize 2014 by the author of  Death of a River Guide and Gould's Book of Fish.
 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/richard-flanagan/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-9780857980366.aspx#sthash.n8eAQPd0.dpuf
The story is written about the anguish of Australian prisoners-of-war forced to slave labour on the Thai-Burma railway in horrific conditions, overseen by brutal Japanese guards. An Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. He grappled with his wartime fling, as well as  the jungle elements, the lack of basic amenities, starvation and rampant disease and constant beatings to save the men under his command. He is cast in a 'Weary Dunlop' mould.


The novel jumps from the past to the present, around the  main character Dorrigo Evans, and paints haunting images of the stark and hellish prisoner life, the interactions amongst the prisoners, the larrikins and even the emotions of the Japanese guards that makes them human.The story is not all in set Thailand - much is told in Australia before and after World War II.
Its a story of love and war and death in its many forms. It is a story that remained untold by returning servicemen and left a void between them and their children, the next generation. Richard Flanagon's father was caught in this horrifying mire.

'The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

       Awards
2014 Man Booker Prize - (Winner);
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award - (Winner);
2014 WA Premier's Book Award - Fiction - (Winner);
2014 Independent Booksellers Award - (Winner);



The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

Awards


2014 Man Booker Prize
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award
2014 WA Premier's Book Award - Fiction
2014 Independent Booksellers Award
- See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/richard-flanagan/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-9780857980366.aspx#sthash.n8eAQPd0.dpuf
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

Awards


2014 Man Booker Prize
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award
2014 WA Premier's Book Award - Fiction
2014 Independent Booksellers Award
- See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/richard-flanagan/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-9780857980366.aspx#sthash.n8eAQPd0.dpuf
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/richard-flanagan/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-9780857980366.aspx#sthash.n8eAQPd0.dpuf
The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/richard-flanagan/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-9780857980366.aspx#sthash.n8eAQPd0.dpuf
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/richard-flanagan/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-9780857980366.aspx#sthash.n8eAQPd0.dpuf

Friday, 17 January 2014

Group Read - General

Here, we can offer suggestions of books for our Group Read or comment on the Group Read concept, leaving the individual threads for comments about the books themselves.

1. Bittersweet - Colleen McCullough
2. Transatlantic - Colum McCann

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Group Read - THE LUMINARIES - Eleanor Catton

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and Canada's Governor General's Literary Award, a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems....It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.

Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bus, The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her midtwenties, and will confirm for critics and readers that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.


About the Author:

Eleanor Catton (born 1985) is a New Zealand author. Catton was born in Canada while her father, a New Zealand graduate, was completing a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario. She lived in Yorkshire until the age of 13, before her family settled in Canterbury, New Zealand. She studied English at the University of Canterbury, and completed a Master's in Creative Writing at The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. She wrote her first novel, The Rehearsal, as her master's thesis.

Watcha Reading? #2

Our first thread, What Are You Reading (May 2012), is full.  It seems that 200 comments is about the limit.  To avoid confusion, I've changed the title a little.  Please continue to tell us which books you have enjoyed and warn of books to avoid.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Group Read - MULLUMBIMBY - Melissa Lucashenko / Alice Munro short stories




A darkly funny novel of romantic love and cultural warfare.

When Jo Breen uses her divorce settlement to buy a neglected property in the Byron Bay hinterland, she is hoping for a tree change, and a blossoming connection to the land of her Aboriginal ancestors. What she discovers instead is sharp dissent from her teenage daughter Ellen, trouble brewing from unimpressed white neighbours, and a looming Native Title war among the local Bundjalung families. When Jo stumbles into love on one side of the Native Title divide she quickly learns that living on country is only part of the recipe for the Good Life.

Told with humour and a sharp satirical eye, Mullumbimby is a modern novel set against an ancient land.

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is the title story of a book of short stories by Alice Munro, published by McClelland and Stewart in 2001.
In 2006, the story "The Bear Came over the Mountain" was adapted into a film, Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley and produced by Atom Egoyan.
In October 2012 it was announced that Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and Nick Nolte will star in Hateship, Loveship a film adaptation of the title story to be directed by Liza Johnson.[1]

Stories

  • "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage"
  • "Floating Bridge"
  • "Family Furnishings"
  • "Comfort"
  • "Nettles"
  • "Post and Beam"
  • "What is Remembered"
  • "Queenie"
  • "The Bear Came Over the Mountain"
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VALEDICTIONS

For some time, I've felt we needed a spot to show our appreciation for a person's creative output.  This time for reflection generally follows an announcement of retirement, illness or death and so carries a sense of loss, maybe not personal loss, but at the very least, the knowledge that there will be no new work to look forward to. Rather than eulogising, shall we share the pleasure of particular books, music or performances?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Group Read - THE GREAT GATSBY- F Scott Fitzgerald & NOTORIUS AUSTRALIAN WOMEN - Kay Saunders



In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Our Anniversary - May 13



BookwormLive began in 2012 to provide a place where we could continue our discussions and make contact with others who share our love of reading.  Anniversaries provide an opportunity to reflect on the past year and also to look at what can be improved or added to encourage participation.  Any site is only as good as it's input and we are so very lucky to have great contributors.  Take a bow, you know who you are.  To our Followers, thanks so much for your support.  It means much  in terms of encouragement and wonderful that you care enough to join us.  Finally to all our viewers. From Argentina to Vietnam, there have been 19,000 page views in the past year - an amazing response.  Please keep visiting and you are most welcome to share your thoughts with us.

It has been a fantastic year.  Just look at some of  Google's statistics in the comments below.  I think you will find them interesting.