Book review: Café Unfiltered

Café Unfiltered

📚 Café Unfiltered,
by Jean-Philippe Blondel
Translated by Alison Anderson
Café sans filtre
was first published in French in 2022
Literary fiction
Expected publication: July 11, 2023
by New Vessel Press
232 pages
Epub received from the publisher for review

After The 6:41 to Paris and Exposed, I was eager to meet again Blondel’s style that I usually enjoy very much. Plus Café Unfiltered is I believe the first post-Covid novel I have read. Let’s see how it turned out.

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Book review: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

🎧  The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman,
by Laurence
735 pages
Narrated by John Keating
Literary fiction / Humor
It counts for The Classics Club

Alas, I had to stop, after listening to 15% of the work (that is about 3H30 out of 22 hours, and an equivalent of 110 pages out of 735 pages).
I don’t have the patience to finish (plus the narrator was a bit boring in his tone)The , though what I listened to enabled me to appreciate the originality of the book and its qualities.
The book was published in 1767, and displays amazing characteristics of modern novels, including some elements that are even found in Oulipo authors, such as Perec for instance.

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Book review and Friday Face Off: The Hunting Gun

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This year, there’s no weekly theme, you just choose a book you have recently read.

On Wednesday, I finished reading a Japanese short story (for the Japanese Literature Challenge), that has a nice collection of covers.
Actually a whole bunch of covers were not really relevant, just pasting a Japanese theme picture, like Mount Fuji!

But there are bascially three important themes in the story (a love triangle; snakes inside our heart; a man walking in the mountains with a hunting gun), so I selected covers featuring one of these themes.
And I actually ended up (not intended) with a reverse triangle, which is totally relevant to this very sad love triangle story!
As I had not posted my review yet, you have a bonus with the review here below.


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The Hunting Gun

All these covers are actually interesteing, but I think the Finnish (that might be the first time I go with a Finnish cover!) edition is really clever, with the triangle image, but also a bleeding heart, or a blood tear.
And now to my review:

The Hunting Gun

The Hunting Gun
by Yasushi Inoue
Translated by Michael Emmerich
was first published in 1949
Published in English by Pushkin Press
in 2014
112 pages
Japanese short-story/Literary fiction

It counts for The Classics Club
and the Japanese Literature Challenge

I had only read one book by Yasushi Inoue, Les Dimanches de Monsieur Ushioda (not available in English transaltion, as far as I’m aware). It didn’t completely awe me, though I know Inoue is considered one of the best Japanese classic authors.
So I decided to give him another chance with this short story: The Hunting Gun.

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