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Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
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Sep 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012_release_read, read_2012, mainstream, t_notable_books_2012
Read from September 11 to 12, 2012

A short, powerful novel that just "lives" through its characters and its narrative pull; from the Booker 2012 longlist my 3rd favorite novel and from the shortlist 2nd - I would not mind it winning however unlikely that is.

The setup is explained well in the blurb though there quite a few tidbits that are sprinkled throughout the novel and add a lot and yes there is this feeling of "incompleteness", of author could have written 400 pages and still have something to say about the 4 main characters of the book (the 57 year old poet Joe Jacobs - JHJ - Holocaust survivor and haunted by his perceived abandonment in a Polish forest at age 5 by his parents, however rationally known that was done to save his life as the parents and his young sister died in the Nazi extermination camps, his war correspondent mostly absent wife Isabel, their 14 year old daughter Nina and the young Kitty Finch who comes and wreaks even more havoc in their unsettled lives) but so what, the book lives powerfully this way too and shows once again the distinction between books that pull one in and books that are crafted to win prizes

A full review to come later
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Natalie hi which were the two books that you liked better than this one?

Liviu The Garden of Evening Mists (that and Gift of Rain are huge favorites) and The Teleportation Accident

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