Book review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive your plow

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk
Translated from the Polish by
Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Fitzcarraldo Editions
9/12/2018
Originally published as
Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych
in 2009
Genre: Crime Fiction/ Mystery
272 pages

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By now, you know that this year, the Man Booker International 2019 longlist offered an interesting mix of books set between genres. Today, I’m presenting Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, which turns out to be crime fiction, even though it first appears as literary fiction.

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Six degrees of separation: From the Renaissance to Versailles

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
From the Renaissance to Versailles

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I went back in time, from the Renaissance to Versailles!

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck

After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:

How to be Both How the Light Gets In

Light And Dark Too Dark To Sleep

before I go Before Versailles

1. How to Be Both
I have just read one book by Ali Smith: There But For The. It was very confusing, but could be because I made the mistake to listen to it. This is probably the type of literary fiction that needs to be read rather.
The synopsis of this novel here says part of the story is set in the Renaissance.

2. How the Light Gets in
I haven’t reviewed this book #9 of this amazing series by Louise Penny. This one is excellent, as almost all the others. But you really need to read them in order. I am looking forward to #15, to be released in August 2019.

3. Light and Dark
Excerpt from my review:
“This book is unlike any other I have read by this author: like in Proust it focuses on social interaction and analysis, and just like Proust’s narrator, I find the characters too self-tortured. But the writing is very good and there are some very interesting images.”
Soseki is definitely a Japanese author you need to try.

4. Too Dark To Sleep
My verdict was: A stunning new voice in psychological thrillers. An amazing battle of the brains you are not going to forget. 

5. Before I Go to Sleep
Another amazing psychological thriller.
Listen to it if possible, Orlagh Cassidy is an outstanding narrator. In fact, I listened to this one because she was narrating it.

6. Before Versailles
A historical novel about Louis XIV.
“The characters sounded true to life, the topic was well researched, the descriptions beautiful.”

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HAVE YOU READ AND ENJOYED ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
HAVE YOU PLAYED
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THIS MONTH?

 

The top 8 books to read in April 2019

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in April 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

     If you love me

Mouthful of birds Valerie

Don Quixote
For the 2nd part, I’m doing a read-along with Lory at The Emerald City. If you want to join us, keep an eye on her site and mine, we’ll alternate for recaps and questions. It will be a slow read, join us if you never finished the book!

If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
Wonderful book for all Christians.

Mouthful of Birds
I’m just starting this collection of short stories, part of the Man Booker International Prize longlist (#MBI2019). As you know by now, I’m part of the Shadow Panel this year.

Valerie / The Faculty of Dreams
Possibly the most awful book I have ever read in my entire life. I’m serious. This is also for #MBI2019

READING NEXT

Drive your plow  Talk to mev

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
This is also for #MBI2019.
“One of Poland’s most imaginative and lyrical writers, Olga Tokarczuk presents us with a detective story with a twist in DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD”
I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the remaining three. But I will if they show up in the longlist.

Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think
I requested this book, the content sounds really good.

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

       Walden  Sang famille

Walden
For The Classics Club
The audio format is working well for me. I’m actually listening to a Librivox recording (volunteer readers – and YOU can become one!).
Wow, we think we invented minimalism, but this guy is absolutely the father of minimalism. “Thoreau-ly” (couldn’t resist) enjoying its ideas. Plus awesome descriptions on his natural environment.

Sang Famille
Ah ah! Estories now has this book published last year! The very latest by Bussi is not there yet, but hopefully it will eventually be.

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

We have 1 giveaway listed on the homepage

PLANS FOR APRIL

Finish reading and reviewing for #MBI2019, and then be more active with the Don Quixote readalong.

Eiffel Tower Orange

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

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