Bout of Books 31

BOUT OF BOOKS 31

Bout of Books 31
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The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, May 10
and runs through Sunday, May 16 in YOUR time zone.
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Like for Bout of Books 31, I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec
  3. People Like them, by Samira Sedira
  4. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  5.  Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
  6. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah (Bible)

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The Archipelago of Another Life: read-along, second quarter of the book

  The Archipelago of Another Life Archipel dune autre vie

READ-ALONG
with Carol at Cas d’intérêt 

THE ARCHIPELAGO OF ANOTHER LIFE
L’ARCHIPEL D’UNE AUTRE VIE
by Andreï MAKINE

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Here is our schedule:
Voici notre calendrier :

April 5: our reading begins, Chapters I and II. Visit Carol’s announcement post, with maps and much more!
5 avril : début de la lecture, Chapitres I et II. Allez voir le billet de Carol annonçant cette lecture, avec des cartes et autres bonnes choses.
April 19: questions asked by Cas d’intérêt on Chapters I and II
19 avril : questions postées à Cas d’intérêt sur ces deux premiers chapitres

Second quarter of the book:
Second quart du livre :

May 4: my questions here at Words And Peace, on the second quarter of the book, ending with “Une fois sur l’autre rive, nous relançâmes la poursuite mais le soleil déclinait déjà, il était temps d’allumer le feu, avant une nouvelle gelée…”:
4 mai : questions ici à Words And Peace, sur le second quart du livre, jusqu’à “Une fois sur l’autre rive, nous relançâmes la poursuite mais le soleil déclinait déjà, il était temps d’allumer le feu, avant une nouvelle gelée…” :

1) Starting with Chapter 2, we have a story within a story, with another man followed and tracked by others. How do you like the fact that the author is moving the zoom from the young narrator to Pavel? And do you think he is ever going to focus again on the teenager? How do you think this is going to evolve?
1) À partir du chapitre 2, on est en présence d’une histoire dans une histoire, avec un autre homme suivi et traqué par d’autres. L’auteur déplace le zoom : il n’est plus sur le jeune narrateur mais sur Pavel maintenant. Tu aimes ça ? Et tu penses que Makine va se reconcentrer plus loin sur l’ado ? À ton avis, comment ça va évoluer ?

Carol:
Good question. At this point, I’m not at all sure of the role of the teenager. If the author doesn’t return to him, I’d be surprised. Why include him at all if he’s not going to appear again before the end? I think Pavel’s manhunt will lead him to some revelations about life that he divulges in recounting his story. The youngster already seems to have an innate connection to Pavel. My guess is that he will adopt a similar outlook on life, perhaps following in Pavel’s footsteps or learning from his mistakes.

Bonne question. À ce stade de l’histoire, je ne me sens pas certaine du rôle de l’adolescent. Si l’auteur ne revient pas à ce personnage, je serai surprise. Pourquoi l’introduire s’il ne va pas réapparaître avant la fin? Je pense que Pavel va divulguer certaines révélations qu’il a eues pendant la chasse à l’homme qui ont changé sa vision de la vie. L’ado a déjà manifesté un lien inné avec Pavel. Je pense qu’il va adopter la même perspective ou peut-être apprendre comment éviter les erreurs que Pavel a commises.

Emma:
I was originally a bit frustrated, because I felt I didn’t know the teenager much yet, and now I had to focus on Pavel. Then I started seeing commonalities between them. It will be interesting to see how far these go, and what it may entail for both.

Au départ, j’étais un peu frustrée, car je ne connaissais pas encore beaucoup l’adolescent, et pourtant voilà que je devais maintenant me concentrer sur Pavel ! Puis j’ai commencé à voir des points communs entre eux deux. Je me demande jusqu’où ira leur ressemblance et ce qu’elle impliquera pour eux.

2) This second quarter of the book contains several comic scenes. Does this work for you? Why these comic elements according to you?
2) Ce deuxième quart du livre contient plusieurs scènes comiques. Tu trouves que c’est une bonne idée ? Pourquoi ces éléments comiques selon toi ?

Carol:
I may not remember the same scenes as you. Pavel’s story involves 5 men on a mission. In such circumstances, I would expect a certain amount of teasing one another and joking around. There is tension between Boutov and Louskass and no one seems to care much for Ratinsky. So, the jovial jousting lightens the mood but it’s also what I’d expect from a group of men–especially a group that is being tested both physically and mentally. Makine’s insights into how such men would behave seem natural and authentic.

Peut-être que je ne me souviens pas des mêmes scènes comiques, mais l’histoire de Pavel implique 5 hommes en mission. Dans de telles circonstances, je m’attendrais à des railleries et des joutes verbales. Il y a de la tension entre Boutov et Louskass et personne n’aime trop Ratinsky. Alors, les moqueries joviales détendent l’atmosphère. C’est aussi ce que j’attendrais d’un groupe d’hommes—particulièrement quand les membres du groupe font face à des épreuves physiques et mentales. Makine me semble très doué pour nous livrer des portraits naturels et authentiques.

Emma:
Good point about the natural joviality between this group of men. I felt these scenes as interesting balance to release the tension. I also perceived them as ways to criticize the stupidity of army orders (he describes Ratinsky as a “crétin”, and Louskass’s orders lost all coherence). I have the feeling these may reflect some of the author’s own experience.

Bien vu sur la jovialité naturelle entre ce groupe d’hommes !
J’ai ressenti ces scènes comme un équilibre intéressant pour relâcher la tension. Je les ai aussi perçues comme des moyens de critiquer la stupidité des ordres de l’armée (il décrit Ratinsky comme étant un « crétin », et “les ordres de Louskass finirent par perdre toute cohérence”). J’ai le sentiment que cela peut refléter en partie la propre expérience de l’auteur.

3) We see Pavel often alternating quickly between conflicting thoughts: wanting to save the fugitive and wanting to finally succeed in catching his prey. How do you explain that?
3) On voit Pavel alterner souvent rapidement entre des pensées contradictoires : vouloir sauver le fugitif et vouloir enfin réussir à attraper sa proie. Comment expliques-tu ces alternances ?

Carol:
I think that when he wants to catch the fugitive he’s falling under the intrinsic spell of groupthink. This is their mission after all. However, the longer the fugitive survives, the more he respects the escapee’s cunning and skill. He also wishes he could escape the life that has been chosen for him. So, he identifies with the fugitive’s plight.

Je pense que quand Pavel veut attraper le fugitif il est influencé par la pensée du groupe. C’est surtout leur mission. Cependant, il a du respect pour leur proie maligne. Il s’imagine peut-être à sa place, fuyant ses propres dominateurs. Alors, il s’identifie à la situation désespérée du fugitif et dans ce sens il veut le voir libéré.

Emma:
I saw his desire to catch maybe less as a loyal behavior than you did. He wanted to enjoy human glory (he uses the word “trophy”), to be reward by his boss if he happened to catch the fugitive. And maybe he was also just afraid of what they would do to him if he didn’t obey these orders.
But then yes, admiring the fugitive’s courage and boldness makes him turn to higher values. Just as the teenager tends to identify with Pavel, Pavel might start identifying with the mysterious fugitive, and if he himself were to one day try to escape this life (and maybe that’s what he did when we meet him for the first time at the beginning of the book?), he would want someone to save his life.

J’ai vu son désir d’attraper peut-être moins comme un comportement loyal que toi. Il voulait jouir de la gloire humaine (il utilise le mot « trophée »), être récompensé par son chef s’il arrivait à attraper le fugitif. Et peut-être qu’il avait aussi tout simplement peur de ce qu’ils lui feraient s’il n’obéissait pas à ces ordres.
Et puis oui, son admiration du courage et de l’audace du fugitif le fait se tourner vers des valeurs plus élevées. Tout comme l’adolescent a tendance à s’identifier à Pavel, Pavel pourrait commencer à s’identifier au mystérieux fugitif, et s’il devait un jour essayer lui-même d’échapper à cette vie (et c’est peut-être ce qu’il a fait quand nous le rencontrons pur la première fois au début du livre ?), il voudrait que quelqu’un aussi lui sauve la vie.

4) Boutov reveals that Louskass is pursued by his own past. This adds another dimension to the theme of the manhunt. Any thought on that, on a possible message the author is trying to convey?
4) Boutov révèle que Louskass est poursuivi par son propre passé. Ça ajoute une dimension supplémentaire au thème de la chasse à l’homme. Ta réflexion à ce sujet ? Sur un éventuel message que l’auteur essaie de transmettre ?

Carol:
The main thing I took from this is that by recognizing such influences, Boutov reveals himself to be a rational and empathetic figure. He can’t stand Louskass but he’s willing to excuse his behavior knowing the hardships that formed Louskass’ character. The message embodies perhaps the philosophy of Rousseau: man is naturally good but corrupted by society.

Je pense que cette scène nous montre que Boutov est un homme rationnel qui a pas mal d’empathie pour les autres. Il déteste Louskass. Néanmoins, il pardonne un peu son comportement en vue des épreuves qui ont impacté la formation de son caractère. Le message est celui de Rousseau peut-être: l’homme naît bon, c’est la société qui le corrompt.

Emma:
You saw so much more to my question. I found it interesting that by 41% of the book, we already have three different types of manhunt. With this one experienced by Louskass, at a more psychological level, maybe the author wants readers to understand that his book has a universal message. The novel is also ultimately about them, about everyone. You may not be a teenager, a Pavel, or a fugitive, but there are lots of chances deep inside you feel pursued by your own past, by the mere fact of having to go through the process of ageing, if not by any act you regret having committed.

Tu es allée plus en profondeur que ma question n’impliquait. J’ai trouvé intéressant qu’à seulement 41% du livre, on ait déjà trois types différents de chasse à l’homme. Avec celui-ci vécu par Louskass, à un niveau plus psychologique, l’auteur veut peut-être que les lecteurs comprennent que son livre a un message universel. Le roman parle aussi d’eux, de tout le monde. Vous n’êtes peut-être pas un ado, ni un Pavel ou un fugitif, mais il y a fort à parier qu’au fond de vous, vous vous sentiez poursuivi par votre propre passé, par le simple fait d’avoir à passer par le processus de vieillissement, sinon à cause d’un acte quelconque que vous regrettez avoir commis à un moment ou un autre.

5) Were you surprised by their “shocking discovery”? Had you correctly interpreted the signs? What was your reaction to the men’s thoughts and plans after their discovery?
5) As-tu été surprise par leur découverte choquante ? Avais-tu correctement interprété les signes ? Quelle a été ta réaction aux pensées et aux plans des hommes après leur découverte ?

Carol:
Yes I was surprised and delighted. I didn’t see this coming at all. It’s frustrating and worrisome to see the men’s response but unfortunately, here again, Makine is revealing himself to be an astute observer of human nature. Given the time period and the upbringing of these men, I think their reaction is sadly fitting.

Oui, j’ai été surprise et ravie. Je n’ai rien prédit du tout. Et toi? As-tu été surprise? Je trouve la réaction des hommes frustrante et inquiétante. Malheureusement, elle est plutôt emblématique des hommes de cette époque, cette région, et cette formation. Encore une fois, Makine se révèle un observateur astucieux de la nature humaine.

Emma:
I felt stupid not to have understood the signs early enough, though the thought had quickly crossed my mind at one point. Still, my jaw must have dropped when I read about their “shocking discovery”.
By the way, we assume people reading our posts in detail must also have read the book. Without reflecting together about how to handle spoilers, looks like we are trying here to avoid them. In this case, not sure how long we can  do so. It will depend on how the story evolves from here.
I was actually also shocked by the men’s response. Instead of admiring the fugitive’s skills and courage, they focus on themselves and their feeling of having been tricked, due simply in fact to their narrowness of mind.
Actually, just a few lines before the discovery, the narrator says that the night before, they were the closest to what was best in them. Well, they quickly fell from the best to the basest of impulses. Indeed, great portraiture of human nature! Alas.

Je me suis sentie stupide de ne pas avoir compris les signes assez tôt, bien que cette pensée m’ait rapidement traversé l’esprit à un moment donné. Pourtant, j’ai d2 rester la bouche bée quand j’ai lu leur “découverte choquante”.
Au fait, on suppose que ceux qui lisent nos billetsen détail doivent également avoir lu le livre. Sans réfléchir ensemble à la façon de gérer les spoilers, on dirait qu’on essaie ici de les éviter. Dans ce cas, je sais pas combien de temps on pourra le faire. Ça dépendra de la façon dont l’histoire évoluera à partir d’ici.
J’ai également été choquée par la réaction des hommes. Au lieu d’admirer les compétences et le courage du fugitif, ils se concentrent sur eux-mêmes et sur leur sentiment d’avoir été piégés, simplement en raison de leur étroitesse d’esprit.
En fait, quelques lignes avant la découverte, le narrateur dit que “Cette nuit-là – je le comprendrais plus tard – nous étions au plus près de ce qu’il y avait en nous de meilleur.” Eh bien, ils sont rapidement passés du meilleur à leurs instincts les plus bas. En effet, superbe portrait de la nature humaine ! Hélas.

6) Do you think the author does a good job at suspense so far?
6) Penses-tu que l’auteur fait un bon travail de suspense jusqu’à présent ?

Carol:
Yes I think he is doing a great job. Based on the synopsis, I expect the fugitive to be on the run for a while longer. Yet, I’ve been wondering how this can continue. The men seem on the verge of catching the outlaw at any moment.

Bien sûr. J’apprécie beaucoup la façon dont l’histoire se déroule. Depuis un moment, les hommes semblent sur le point d’attraper le fugitif mais ils ne réussissent pas. On devine du synopsis qu’une capture n’arrive probablement pas bientôt. Je me demande pour combien de temps on peut continuer comme ça.

Emma:
I like how he manages to convey suspense by alternating peaceful descriptions of the beautiful landscape and more rapid scenes as they get closer and closer to the fugitive. Also, when they could be feet away from catching the mysterious figure, the fugitive manages to trick them by escaping upward, by climbing a rock.

J’aime la façon dont il parvient à transmettre le suspense en alternant des descriptions paisibles du superbe paysage et des scènes plus rapides à mesure qu’ils se rapprochent de plus en plus du fugitif. Aussi, quand ils sont à quelques mètres seulement de la mystérieuse silhouette, le fugitif parvient à les tromper en s’échappant vers le haut, en escaladant un rocher.

7) What do you think the author is trying to convey through these adventures? What surfaces for you?
7) À ton avis, qu’est-ce que l’auteur essaie de transmettre à travers ces aventures ? Quelles sont tes premières impressions ?

Carol:
All of these characters have been damaged by the actions of a malicious state. I think Makine wants to convey the pernicious nature of the soviet socialist republic. The only way to avoid being damaged by its actions is to live somewhere beyond its grasp. In Makine’s case, he fled the USSR. I suspect that his protagonists will escape by learning to survive far from civilization.

Tous ces personnages sont des victimes d’un État malveillant. Je pense que Makine veut transmettre une image malsaine de la République socialiste soviétique. La seule façon d’éviter les dommages infligés par l’État est de vivre au-delà de sa prise. Dans le cas de Makine, il a fui vers l’Ouest. J’imagine que ses protagonistes vont se libérer en apprenant comment survivre loin de la civilisation.

Emma:
Great analysis! And besides the pernicious aspect, I think he may also wants to highlight its stupidity – I see this in the comic scenes, like the capture of a bear, when Ratinsky thinks he caught the fugitive.

Belle analyse ! Et en plus de l’aspect pernicieux, je pense qu’il veut peut-être aussi souligner sa stupidité – je le vois dans les scènes comiques, comme la capture d’un ours, quand Ratinsky pense avoir attrapé le fugitif.

Besides these questions, I would like to add that I so enjoy the descriptions of nature, and how it puts everything in perspective. These are beautiful passages I want to keep, that’s why I quote them here:

En plus de ces questions, je voudrais ajouter que j’apprécie énormément les descriptions de la nature, et comment elle met tout en perspective. Ce sont de beaux passages que je veux garder, c’est pourquoi je les cite ici :

La beauté de la taïga nous immergeait dans son lent ondoiement vert, loin de la hargne des petites pensées qui nous opposaient les uns aux autres.
…je marchais avec l’illusion de pouvoir m’élever vers le vitrail du ciel encadré de branches, inspirer l’ivresse de l’air, l’immensité de l’horizon et surtout le vent qui venait de l’océan et reliait la moindre aiguille de cèdre à cet infini lumineux où nous n’étions rien.

la taïga s’éclaircit, s’emplit de lumière et, soudain, s’écarte devant un infini brumeux où disparaissent nos peines et nos peurs.

une toute nouvelle sensation d’affranchissement : la possibilité de nous lever et d’avancer vers le nord, sans autre but que la source de ce vent frais et amer, là-bas, dans l’éternité vivante de l’océan…

Nous longions des cours d’eau bordés de forêts inentamées, faisions des haltes calquées sur les arrêts du fuyard, mangions du gibier grillé au feu et le soir, autour d’un dîner arrosé, menions des conversations très viriles : guerre, femmes, chasse, armes…
Celui que nous poursuivions était devenu indispensable à ce bonheur simple. Car il s’agissait bien de bonheur.

Andrew is reading the book with us. I highly encourage you to go read his own answers, which add a lot to our perspective.

Rest of the schedule:
Reste de notre calendrier :

May 18: questions asked by Cas d’intérêt on the third quarter of the book, up to “loin de mon passé, du monde des autres où je n’avais plus de rôle à jouer.”
18 mai : questions postées à Cas d’intérêt sur le 3e quart du livre, jusqu’à “loin de mon passé, du monde des autres où je n’avais plus de rôle à jouer.”

June 4: questions here at Words And Peace, on last quarter of the book.
And possibly a  (French?) Zoom/Skype session with all participants some time in the evening.
4 juin : questions ici à Words And Peace, sur le dernier quart du livre.
Et peut-être aussi une session (en français ?) sur  Zoom/Skype ce soir-là (heure à déterminer) avec tous les participants some time in the evening.

Feel free to join us, reading the book in English or French.
You can comment on Carol’s blog and mine, or create your own posts.

N’hésitez pas à nous rejoindre, en lisant le livre en anglais ou en français.
Vous pouvez commenter sur le blog de Carol et le mien, ou créer vos propres billets.

The top 9 books to read in May 2021

Here are

The top 9 books
I plan to read in May 2021

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

  FutureofBuildingsBookCover    Dictionnaire amoureux du polar

  The Archipelago of Another Life    Monet and Oscar

📚 The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, 
by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
Published in July 2020
See my latest words about it here.

📚 Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
Published on October 22, 2020
See my latest words about it here.

📚 The Archipelago of Another Life/ L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine
Published in French in 2016
Published July 11th 2019 by MacLehose Press

Buddy read with Carol from Cas d’intérêt. Bilingual Q&A on her blog and mine. I will try to post about next part later on today!

📚 Monet & Oscar, by Joe Byrd
Release date: May 1st, 2021
Am reading for France Book Tours
There are still review copies available: click on the link or on the book cover to get your free copy!

“At the end of WWI, Oscar, an American soldier in a French Army hospital, learned of his mother’s death while recovering from his war wounds. He remained in France to search for his father, an Impressionist painter, whose identity his mother never revealed. Through curious circumstances, he’s hired to be a gardener for Claude Monet.   Oscar jumped at the opportunity to further his landscaping career by working in Monet’s world-famous garden at Giverny. He hoped the most renowned Impressionist could help him find his father.
Monet, tired and disheartened by his ailing health and deteriorating eyesight, took Oscar along on visits to his previous painting venues and allowed him to meet some of his art-world friends. These meetings provided insights into Monet’s life and art and clues to Oscar’s father’s identity.
On a train returning from Paris to Giverny, Oscar met and fell in love with Isabelle, a beautiful young American artist, who introduced him to the emerging 1920’s fashions and mores. She is the daughter of one of Monet’s major American clients, which interests him. Over Monet’s daughters’ objections, Isabelle and Oscar become regular guests at family gatherings as their infatuation blossoms into a unique love affair. Oscar’s past, present, and future collide in a way that he could not have anticipated.”

READING NEXT

People Like Them  The Andromeda Strain

Project Hail Mary

📚 People Like Them, by Samira Sedira
Expected publication: July 6, 2021, by Penguin Books
Will be reading for Criminal Element

“A prizewinning psychological suspense novel inspired by a true story about a couple in an insular French village whose lives are upended when a family of outsiders moves in.
Everything started one Saturday in July of 2015…
Anna and Constant Guillot live with their two daughters in the peaceful, remote mountain village of Carmac, largely deaf to the upheavals of the outside world. Everyone in Carmac knows each other, and most of its residents look alike–until Bakary and Sylvia Langlois arrive with their three children.
Wealthy and flashy, the family of five are outsiders in the small town, their impressive chalet and three expensive cars a stark contrast to the modesty of those of their neighbors. Despite their differences, the Langlois and the Guillots form an uneasy, ambiguous friendship. But when both families begin experiencing financial troubles, the underlying class and racial tensions of their relationship come to a breaking point, and the unthinkable happens.
With piercing psychological insight and gripping storytelling, People Like Them asks: How could a seemingly normal person commit an atrocious crime? How could that person’s loved ones ever come to terms with it afterward? And how well can you really know your own spouse?”

📚 The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
Published in 1969
Julie Anna at Julie Anna’s Books and I really enjoyed our buddy read experience on Before the Coffee Gets Cold, so we decided to do it again, this time with science-fiction. Let us know if you are planning to read it with us, we will be starting on May 10.

“The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.
Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to collect organisms and dust for study. One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.
Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town’s inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.

📚 Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Ballantine Books
Review ecopy received through Netgalley
My experience with Andy Weir went form 5 stars for The Martian, to 2 to Artemis, so I’m giving him another chance.

“Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.
His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.
Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian–while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.”

📚 If all goes well, I will also read:
Cinq cartes brûléesby Sophie Loubière, with one of my French students
La Disparition, by Georges Perec, with another French student
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, with a friend
Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020, by Salman Rushdie, received for review
History in English Words, by Owen Barfield, for The Classics Spin #26

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

  The Regatta Mystery Sad Cypress  

📚 The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #21) by Agatha Christie
Published in 1939
Part of my project to listen to all of HP, for The Classics Club

“A collection of nine of Agatha Christie’s intriguing short stories.
Mr. Parker Pyne must recover a priceless diamond which disappears during a dinner party trick; Hercule Poirot proves that a crowd is the best cloak for a murder, and Miss Marple solves a baffling crime by the fireside. And there are six more good ones in this anthology of mystery tales.
The stories are: 1. The Regatta Mystery, 2. The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest, 3. How Does Your Garden Grow, 4. Problem at Pollensa Bay, 5. Yellow Iris, 6. Miss Marple Tells a Story, 7. The Dream, 8. In a Glass Darkly, and 9. Problem at Sea.”

📚 Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #22) by Agatha Christie
Published in 1940
Part of my project to listen to all of HP, for The Classics Club

“Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard, her rival in love. The evidence was damning: only Elinor had the motive, the opportunity and the means to administer the fatal poison.Yet, inside the hostile courtroom, only one man still presumed Elinor was innocent until proven guilty: Hercule Poirot was all that stood between Elinor and the gallows…”

📚 I will probably also listen to Hercule Poirot #23 and #24; plus at least 5 Biblical books (Zechariah, Malachai, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch), and a French audiobook. 

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

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Review copies available: 

    Island on Fire Monet and Oscar  Church of Tango

List of books I can swap with yours

PLANS FOR MAY

📚 Several buddy-reads, as mentioned above
📚 Bout of Books 31: May 10-16

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR MAY?