My only comment is that the costumes for the Audrey Hepburn trivia night were a little too good — in Australia some of the costumes would have been a bit rubbish! I am a great listener.
Yes, very much. I love the thought that life turns on very small incidents and how everything could have been so different. In , Salman Rushdie was re-reading Miguel de Cervantes ' Don Quixote to write an introduction to a collection of stories inspired by Cervantes and William Shakespeare and prepare for a speech about the two writers. In an interview with Indian newspaper Mint , Rushdie described its inspiration: " Don Quixote is astonishingly modern, even postmodern—a novel whose characters know they are being written about and have opinions on the writing. I wanted my book to have a parallel storyline about my characters' creator and his life, and then slowly to show how the two stories, the two narrative lines, become one.
The novel's protagonist writer Sam DuChamp has been compared to Cide Hamete Benengeli , a fictional Arab writer whose manuscripts Cervantes claimed to translate the majority of Don Quixote from as a metafictional trick to give a greater credibility to the text. In Quichotte , Ismail Smile's obsession with Salma R and his subsequent adoption of the pseudonym "Quichotte" parallel that of Alonso Quijano , the fictional hidalgo who renames himself "Don Quixote" after falling into madness.
Quichotte's imaginary son Sancho was named after Sancho Panza , who similarly acts as squire to Don Quixote.
Kirkus Reviews called the novel "humane and humorous," adding that "Rushdie is in top form, serving up a fine piece of literary satire. Publishers Weekly called the novel "a brilliant rendition of the cheesy, sleazy, scary pandemonium of life in modern times. Claire Lowdon of The Sunday Times gave the novel a rave review, saying, " Quichotte is one of the cleverest, most enjoyable metafictional capers this side of postmodernism" and that "we are still watching a master at work. In her review for The New York Times Book Review , author Jeanette Winterson said, "The lovely, unsentimental, heart-affirming ending of Quichotte, that "sane man," is the aslant answer to the question of what is real and what is unreal.
A remembrance of what holds our human lives in some equilibrium — a way of feeling and a way of telling. Love and language.
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Writing for Booklist , Donna Seaman said, "Rushdie's dazzling and provocative improvisation on an essential classic has powerful resonance in this time of weaponized lies and denials. Nicholas Mancusi, writing for Time , praised the novel, saying, "As he weaves the journeys of the two men nearer and nearer, sweeping up a full accounting of all the tragicomic horrors of modern American life in the process, these energies begin to collapse beautifully inward, like a dying star.
Writing for The Times , Robert Douglas-Fairhurst praised the novel, calling it a "welcome return to form. More than just another postmodern box of tricks, this is a novel that feeds the heart while it fills the mind. Jude Cook of i called the novel a "wildly entertaining return to form" and said of Rushdie: "Now in his eighth decade, it is clear he still possesses the linguistic energy, resourcefulness and sheer amplitude of a writer half his age.
Ron Charles , a book critic at The Washington Post , gave the novel a mixed review and wrote, "Rushdie's style once unfurled with hypnotic elegance, but here it's become a fire hose of brainy gags and literary allusions — tremendously clever but frequently tedious. Johanna Thomas-Corr, writing for The Observer , gave the novel a mixed review, finding Rushdie "swollen with the junk culture he intended to critique" but also saying he is "the best of his generation at writing women.
The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth. And everyone thinks they know who to blame. Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. It's the year and life as we know it is over, as a natural armageddon threatens all life on earth. Combining his scientific knowledge and love of sci-fi, Jim Al-Khalili paints a very vivid picture of our planet when disaster strikes.
Tomura is startled by the hypnotic sound of a piano being tuned, and from that moment, he is determined to discover more. Set in small-town Japan, this warm and mystical story is for the lucky few who have found their calling — and for the rest of us who are still searching. Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans.
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This is Shakespeare by Emma Smith 2 May. So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant. Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan 2 May. Paul Mason argues that we are still capable - through language, innovation and co-operation - of shaping our future. He offers a vision of humans as more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine. Underland by Robert Macfarlane 2 May. Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future.
No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. In his quest for a purer view of how economies succeed and fail, Richard Davies takes the reader off the beaten path to places where part of the economy has been repressed, removed, destroyed or turbocharged.
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Naturally Tan by Tan France 16 May. Furious Hours by Casey Cep 16 May. The story of serial killer and rural preacher Reverend Willie Maxwell was the story Harper Lee wanted to tell.
Despite being accused of murdering five members of his family in Alabama in the s, Maxwell managed to escape justice. However, he was later shot dead by another relative who was then also acquitted. Lowborn by Kerry Hudson 16 May. Raised by a single mother, Kerry Hudson had a turbulent childhood. HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth.
In , it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In , it was found. This is its story. In August year-old Greta Thunberg decided not to go to school one day. Her actions inspired millions, sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis. Collecting her most inspirational speeches, this book brings you Greta in her own words. The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways 'You'd be crazy not to read this book' The Sunday Times ' Underland is a magnificent feat of writing, travelling and thinking that feels genuinely frontier pushing, unsettling and exploratory' Evening Standard 'Marvellous Neverending curiosity, generosity of spirit, erudition, bravery and clarity This is a book well worth reading' The Times 'Extraordinary I turned the last page with the unusual conviction of having been in the company of a fine writer who is - who must surely be - a good man' Telegraph 'Poetry, science, a healthy sense of the uncanny and a touch of the shamanic are the hallmarks of his writing This is a journey that tells the story not just of nature but of human nature.
And there is noone I would more gladly follow on it' i 'Startling and memorable, charting invisible and vanishing worlds. Macfarlane has made himself Orpheus, the poet who ventures down to the darkest depths and returns - frighteningly alone-to sing of what he has seen' New Statesman. In Underland , Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.
Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent on Landmarks. Newly translated eighty years later, it is ripe for rediscovery as it comes to Penguin Classics. The Porpoise by Mark Haddon 9 May. A newborn baby is the sole survivor of a terrifying plane crash. She is raised in wealthy isolation by an overprotective father.
She knows nothing of the rumours about a beautiful young woman, hidden from the world. When a suitor visits, he understands far more than he should. A story about female friendship, ambition, power and finding your purpose in the world. The Passengers by John Marrs 16 May.
When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. Now the public have to judge who should survive, but are the passengers all that they first seem? The new gripping page-turning thriller from the bestselling author of The One - soon to be a major Netflix series. The President is missing. The world is in shock.
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