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Archive for August, 2008


Posted by mukikamu on August 14, 2008

Mark Haddon: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a must. Witty, sensitive, entertaining and educative. Genius.

Mark Haddon: A Spot of Bother is not as good, but still a good shot at family life.

Hugh Laurie: The Gun Seller has funny inner dialogues and definitely reminded me of Jenő Rejtő‘s books

Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook is really bizarre sometimes, but gets you terribly hooked.

Marina Lewycka: A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian for me was more a sad book than a funny one.

Mordecai Richler: Barney’s Version is a memoir of a playboy in love.

Oscar Wilde: Lady Windermere’s Fan is perfect if you need a break. An hour with Wilde.


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Posted by mukikamu on August 11, 2008

What bliss it is to re-read one of Gerald Durrell’s books! I found the beautiful Penguin edition of the Corfu Trilogy (My family and other animals/Birds, beasts and relatives/Garden of the Gods) in the corner bookshop and there was no way to resist purchase. I took it away with me on vacation and it was just the perfect companion. My family and other animals is hillarious still and the magic of Durell’s storytelling fills you with warmth that you have much known in your childhood. Adventurous, sunny, witty, it’s a must.  If you are living in a city everyday, it’s all you need to unwind and live on a paradise island in your heart.


After finishing, I started Zoo in my luggage right away.

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Posted by mukikamu on August 11, 2008

I found some interesting articles on my much admired gentleman adventurer Wilfred Thesiger here and here.

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Posted by mukikamu on August 11, 2008

Reading Kerouac’s On the road feels more than a duty and I was full with curiosity and enthusiasm, but I couldn’t get close to the book somehow. Maybe my anticipation was too great or my understanding of the truly American feeling of faithlessness is insufficient, probably both, but I really did struggle and felt an awful shame of doing so. It turned out that this great classic is one of the very few mandatory reads I didn’t enjoy. I consulted friends and to my surprise they confessed similar feelings. Are we too young to understand the revolutionary ideas? Have we read too many similar books?  Do we take our freedom of movement too naturally? I wonder.


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