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the old man who read love stories
“At day, the man and the jungle. At night, the man is the jungle” A story of a man in a remote river town deep in the Ecuadoran jungle, and his life between nature and the slowly developing town. I read this story in one sitting, as I could not bear to put it down without knowing what happened in the next scene. A quick and short read, this story explores a lot of themes that authors take chapters and chapters to write about in other stories. It is the perfect balance of simple and complex, and it isn't bogged down by emotion -- if that makes sense. I loved it!
Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
“What is belonging?” we ask. She says, “Where loneliness ends.” Okay. I would recommend reading the book first, then listening to the song afterwards. A magical story imagining a race of mermaids that have descended from children from pregnant African slave women who were tossed overboard from their slave ships. The story has chilling parallels to the world today, and the writing is somewhat confusing, but the story is beautiful. I hope they will rewrite the story again, perhaps with a more established author, so they can truly dive into the narrative.
the paris architect
"Secretly, Lucien was ashamed that he was so useless to his country. Sometimes, he felt guilty that he was alive." An architect in Nazi-occupied Paris who has little empathy for the Jews, but is slowly roped into using his architectural finesse to creating elaborate hiding places for them. What starts off as intrigue and the urge to live up to the challenge, slowly turns into something more as he starts to realize how his work is affecting the lives of others. A quick and smooth read, I really enjoyed the development of Lucien's character.
never let me go
“We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.” A story about a group of students in a boarding school that holds secrets that even they are not aware of. Page after page we learn a little more about the truth behind this microsociety, and why the children are raised in such a particular manner. The concept itself (once you know the ending!) is mind-boggling, and you will spend ages talking about it once you're done!