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message 1: by Kaelyn (new)

Kaelyn (bookgawker) | 1 comments while listening to this episode the book that immediately came to mind for me was The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal. It's an important book but there were points where I almost felt physical pain due to the intense emotional walloping. It's worth reading, as long as you're not in an unstable emotional place...

message 2: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 92 comments I have read several heart-wrenching books this past year: The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Redeployment, A God in Ruins, and H is for Hawk. The first two books are beautifully written books about the morality of survival in war, and the last two deal with the end of life and coping with grief.

Time for some Agatha Raisin, I think!

message 3: by Karen (new)

Karen (bookertalk) My top three are
1. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton - made even more resonant because it's set on the eve of apartheid in South Africa and we are now marking its end 25 years ago
2. Satantango by László Krasznahorkai. Breathtakingly grim
3. The Minitiaturist by Jessie Burton. The jacket design is sublime but its also a wonderful evocation of 17th century Amsterdam

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