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December 9, 2018


Jenny Erpenbeck Man Booker 2018 finalist (international)

by N@ncy




  1. Reading does not stop when you lay down the book.
  2. It leaves a weight upon our waking thoughts.
  3. I read this book in one day….
  4. …it felt like breathing pure oxygen.
  5. I don’t care for fiction unless the
  6. emotional payoff is worth the time it takes
  7. to draw out some sort of meaning.
  8. This was a perfect example of fiction with a
  9. …social conscience.
  10. The book drained me….in a good way.
  11. I haven’t read a fiction book that swept me into the story as this one did.
  12. Erpenbeck touches on a ‘heikel punt’ (dutch) sensitive issue
  13. …migrants…in Germany.
  14. You can’t turn on the news without being confronted with it.
  15. This is exactly what happens to the main character Richard.
  16. Skillful writing….is a gift.


Last thoughts:

  1. I do not have the mental energy to write a review.
  2. I am empty.
  3. Please have a look at an excellent
  4. review by  Reese @Typings
  5. She summed it up perfectly.
  6. Jenny Erpenbeck is truly a very gifted writer.
  7. This book was runner-up for
  8. …Man Booker 2018 (international)
  9. ...but is worthy of winning the prize!
  10. The best book I’ve read this year
  11. …a stunning achievement.
  12. Absolutely #MustRead


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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dec 10 2018

    Thanks for the shout-out. It is a great one, isn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dec 10 2018

      This book will stay with me for a long time…. 🙂


  2. Jan 10 2019

    I didn’t really enjoy her writing style in Visitation, but I’m interested in this because of the subject and portrayal, that touching on the social conscience aspect, I might try this one.


    • Jan 10 2019

      I am not easily impressed with fiction…but this one got ‘thumbs up’…from me!



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