Catullus, babe. Tumultuous love affairs. Hatred. Friendship. Grief. Anger. Myth. Madness. Napkin stealing. Catullus' remaining poetry shows a wide ranCatullus, babe. Tumultuous love affairs. Hatred. Friendship. Grief. Anger. Myth. Madness. Napkin stealing. Catullus' remaining poetry shows a wide range of emotion and situations and I love it.
As well as the Latin, I read James Michie's translation. It's gorgeous. It rhymes, it's pretty close considering he wordsmithed in order to make his translation rhyme, it doesn't shy away from the dirty bits, and it works so well.
It was interesting. I didn't take notes (I read this very quickly in a library from which I'm not allowed to borrow) but the film analysis and the livIt was interesting. I didn't take notes (I read this very quickly in a library from which I'm not allowed to borrow) but the film analysis and the lives of historical girls who liked girls is still in my head....more
Both are good stories, with messages about the achievement of happiness/finding a place in life. I think Cross Purpose would make a more interesting pBoth are good stories, with messages about the achievement of happiness/finding a place in life. I think Cross Purpose would make a more interesting piece of drama. Might review later....more
This is the story of a school shooting, told as it happens from the perspectives of the shooter's sister Autumn, Autumn's girlfriend Sylv, Sylv's brotThis is the story of a school shooting, told as it happens from the perspectives of the shooter's sister Autumn, Autumn's girlfriend Sylv, Sylv's brother Tomás, and the shooter's ex-girlfriend, Claire. I wanted to read this because it's an amazing setup, and Marieke is brilliant on Twitter. This was a would-be-one-sitting-if-life-didnt-get-in-the-way book. It starts normally, setting up friendships and relationships (quite a few, and it’s a little confusing because there’s lots of people introduced at the same time but you pick it up as you carry on) to start with it’s just a normal school day but after 10.05 it's full on until the end. There's books where you can't stop reading, then there's this. I liked the multimedia approach, showing tweets, blogs, and texts from those involved and on the outside. The helplessness of everyone on the outside comes through, and I liked the way Marieke showed how tragedy doesn’t just affect those there. Emotions. All the emotions for everyone. Particularly on page 212 of the proof, where one character slips into the conditional and that’s one of the most heartbreaking parts in the book (there's a few). But everywhere you see characters you know and don't know and fear for them and need to know what's going to happen. I think the biggest thing about this book for me is how immediate it is. I’m someone who’s grown up in the UK, where the last school shooting happened in 1996, before I was born, and was followed by pressure groups and the banning of handguns. As a result, when we hear of things like this happening, it’s horrifying and upsetting but you still feel distanced because, despite knowing that this could happen anywhere, living in the UK with its strict gun control laws makes it harder to imagine a society where there’s the possibility of something like this happening and you practise what to do if it does, despite knowing that this is some people’s reality. TIWIE does one of the things I like most about reading contemporary/realistic fiction: make different situations real. The fully diverse cast of victims, survivors, and shooter is developed, and we see their dreams, their experiences, and lives. We see the people involved as people, not just names in a news report, which is, I think, why TIWIE is so hard hitting.
Strength 5 tea to one of the most intense books I've ever read....more