It’s time for a giveaway! This past week I attended Book Riot Live and waited in line to get Margaret Atwood’s signature on her latest book: The Heart Goes Last. I was going to give this book away to the winner of our Halloween challenge but the winner kindly decided that she wasn’t enough of a fan to take the autographed copy. She wanted it to go to a true Atwood fan. So we are giving it away to one of our lucky followers. Keep reading to find out more Read more
Once again BookWorm and I find ourselves at different ends of the spectrum in our opinions about our latest 1001 read. Find out what we thought and let us know which one of us is more in line with your views about the book. Read more
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
Published in: 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Jen
Find it/buy it here: The Word Exchange
I received a copy of The Word Exchange in my Book Riot subscription box for the technology theme. It’s not a book I would have chosen on my own and only ended up reading it because it was assigned for a reading challenge. Ultimately, I was pleasantly surprised by the book and probably should retract my earlier comments about how awful I found that particular Book Riot box (although the book extras were still pretty lousy). Check out why I think it’s worth a read. Read more
It’s been a fun month of Halloween Reading. Fourteen of you read at least one book for the challenge this month. Our four weekly themes were: Dead things, Monsters and magic, Evil humans, and Personal phobias. Keep reading to found out who won both the final weekly prize and the grand prize. Read more
You may have noticed that it has been a little quiet on our blog lately. That is because I’ve been traveling. Last week I was in Disney World for my daughter’s fifth birthday and for the past two days I’ve been in New York attending the Book Riot Live convention. We will announce winners of our Halloween reading challenge (both the weekly prize and the grand prize) tomorrow. But first, check out what I did yesterday at the convention. Read more
Journey to the end of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Published in: 1932
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Find it here: Journey to the End of the Night
Synopsis from Goodreads: Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel. Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first published in France in 1932, but quickly became a success with the reading public in Europe, and later in America where it was first published by New Directions in 1952. The story of the improbable yet convincingly described travels of the petit-bourgeois (and largely autobiographical) antihero, Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I, to the African jungle, to New York and Detroit, and finally to life as a failed doctor in Paris, takes the readers by the scruff and hurtles them toward the novel’s inevitable, sad conclusion.
Book Worm’s Review: I really struggled with this book and it felt much longer than its already long 600 odd pages. The main problem I had was that this was a first person narrative told from the point of view of French man Ferdinand Bardamu who I just couldn’t relate to. The narrative jumps around and lacks narrative consistency consistency. Unfortunately, it really comes down to the fact that I found most of it boring.
The book is jam packed with footnotes which were all essential to understanding the story. For example, many of the footnotes revealed the “in” jokes that Céline was using — references that would have gone unnoticed by those of us not familiar with Paris. For the reader who understood those references this is probably a very amusing book.
I gave this 3 stars due to the fact that while I may not have enjoyed it, it is nowhere near as bad as some of the books the 1001 list has forced me to read so far.
I think the kind of reader who would enjoy this book would be someone who is very knowledgeable about France and Paris in particular. It would also suit those with a dark sense of humor as some of the darker events could be viewed as humorous.
What do you think? Want to try it for yourself? You can find a copy here: Journey to the End of the Night
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I do a lot of commuting to work and as a result I have come to love a format that I once disliked. While I still prefer to read books myself, over the years I have come to appreciate audiobooks. The narrator can make or break a book and I think that many people who say they dislike the format do so because they have experienced bad narrators. A good narrator can make the experience really wonderful. I don’t think I could have made it through Ulysses without the help of the audio (I listened and read the book, alternating back and forth). So, I thought I’d dedicate this post to sharing some of my favorites and some who I think should be avoided. Read more