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How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Saša Stanišić
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Feb 06, 11

bookshelves: former-yugoslavia, to-read, quit-sorry-might-try-again
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Strange about this book: when I am reading it, I think it's gorgeous. It's about an interesting time, the war in the Balkans recently, and the young protagonist is funny and observant. I'm only on p. 118 or so but when I put it down, I don't long to go back to it. I'm not hungry for it but I admire it when I do read it. I suppose I'll finish it, I'm just not in a hurry.

The peas were simmering away on the thank-God-we-still-have-power. Less and less light was falling through the ventilation grille. You could hear occasional shots, now and then a salvo, then silence, then a distant explosion, then rattling again. The noise came from the streets; it wasn't coming from the hills anymore. Around seven it was so calm outside that our mothers warned us, keep-quiet-now-keep-quiet! although we weren't saying anything at all. It was all just as usual, except that the silence seemed to weigh down louder. Why was everyone listening to the silence? p. 111

Princess Great-Granny said nothing about it but smiled a smile full of meaning. You should have seen his arms, she said; no one ever had eyes of a color that suited his arms as well as my blue-eyed Nicola. p. 21

So far it reminds me of The White King: A Novel and A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir.
Gorgeous chapter titles.
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message 1: by J. (new)

J. Some people would like to know if there's any actual, literal gramophone action here or is the title meant to imply something else ... make-or-break material for those certain people....

message 2: by Daisy (new) - added it

Daisy I understand. I take your query seriously: There is in fact a gramophone.

message 3: by J. (new)

J. Thank you; people will be encouraged by that. Gramophone people.

message 4: by Muphyn (new) - added it

Muphyn Even if you don't yearn to get back to reading it once you stop, the title is gorgeous and makes me want to pick it up straight away! :D

message 5: by Daisy (new) - added it

Daisy You should read the chapter titles too. It's wonderful language, the whole thing.

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