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    I also wanted to read more women this year and earlier I ordered through Amazon books by Erdrich and Lispector. However, my cousin who brings that stuff to me hasn't come lately.
    The result is that I haven't read a woman's book in the whole year. Go figure.

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    My yearly list of books read seems to be smack in the middle of a discussion of women writers worth reading. While my reading reflects a deliberate effort to read more by women, I cannot recommend all the women I've read. Three poets do stand out, and I heartily recommend their work: Dulce Maria Loynaz, Anna Swirszcynska (also Swir in Milosz's translation), Ida Vitale.

    Reason Enough
    . Ida Vitale (Translated by Pollack)
    Where I Was From. Joan Didion
    Kindred. Octavia Butler
    Sin: Selected Poems. Forugh Farrokhzad. (Wolpe)
    Shape of Time. Doris Kareva. (Aleman)
    The Unaccompained. Simon Armitage
    South and West: From a Notebook. Joan Didion
    Anniversary. Christopher Reid
    Absolute Solitude: Selected Prose Poems. Dulce Maria Loynaz. (O'Connor)
    Rilke Shake. Angelica Freitas. (Kaplan)
    Zone: Selected Poems. Guillaume Apollinaire. (Padgett)
    Building the Barricade. Anna Swirszcynska (Florczky)
    The Emperor of Water Clocks. Yusuf Komunyakaa
    My Blue Piano. Else Lasker-Schuler. (Boland)
    New Cemetery. Simon Armitage
    Petra: The Concealed Rose. Amjad Nasser. (Judah)
    We Women. Edith Sodergran. (Charters)
    The Potess Counts to 100 and Bows Out. Ana Enriqueta Teran. (Smith)
    Album for the Young (and Old). Vera Pavlova. (Seymour)
    Conversations: Volume 2. Jorge Luis Borges and Osvaldo Ferrari. (Boll)
    Upstream: Selected Essays. Mary Oliver
    In the Summer House. Jane Bowles
    Twelve Poems About Cavafy. Yannis Ritsos
    The Last Shift. Philip Levine
    Bunting's Persia. Basil Bunting
    Poet by Default. Tristan Corbiere
    Micrograms. Jorge Carrera Andrade
    Arthur's Talk with the Eagle. (Lewis)
    Watching the Spring Festival. Frank Bidart
    A Doll's House. Henrik Ibsen (Thornton Wilder)
    The Road. Cormac McCarthy
    [Poems]. Sylvina Ocampo
    Selected Translations 1948-2011. W. S. Merwin
    The Mountain Poems of Meng Hao-jan. (Hinton)
    One Evening in October I Rowed Out on the Lake. Tua Forsstrom (McDuff)
    An Angel Speaks. Homero Aridjis
    A Time in Xanadu. Lars Gustafsson (Irons)
    Map of Days. Shuntaro Tanikawa (Wright)
    Night of Shooting Stars. Leonardo Sinisgalli
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    Hoodoo's list is indeed a very strong one. I too have been trying to read more women, at least when it comes to literature, since I can't get too picky regarding my academic readings.

    Besides OverTheMountain's beautiful list, I'd add the name of Angela Carter, a writer whom I came across recently and left me mesmerized with her dark imagery and beautiful prose. I saw myself oftenly reading online analyses of the short stories in it to grasp the whole of it.

    Also, a few that I've read in recent times:

    - Wislawa Szymborska
    - Ursula K. Le Guin
    - Marina Tsvetaeva
    - Svetlana Alexievich
    - Grazia Deledda
    - Eleanor Catton
    - Jhumpa Lahiri
    - Sofi Oksanen
    - Karen Blixen
    - Hiromi Kawakami

    And some more I haven't checked myself but intend to do so in the near future:

    - Elena Ferrante
    - Lydia Davis
    - Roxane Gay
    - Donna Tartt
    - Assia Djebar

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    Wow thanks for the suggestions! I'm actually terrible at writing reviews but I'll try my best to check out at least a few and share some thoughts eventually. The book that I finished most recently (but not on list) was Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers. I didn't love it, but it was a very good book nonetheless.

    I've read a few short stories from the Joy Williams book, but I haven't yet been able to decide whether I like it or not.

    Although I still aim to read a majority of women, I've slightly strayed from my objective as of late.. i've been in a Pynchon sort of mood.

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    Has anybody here heard of a certain Danielle Steele? I've been told to check her stuff out... (Just kidding!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodoo View Post
    Has anybody here heard of a certain Danielle Steele? I've been told to check her stuff out... (Just kidding!)
    OMG, trust me, in comparison to E. L. James, Danielle Steele is a freakin' Tolstoy!

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    What you read from Sofi Oksanen, Douglas? I read As Vacas de Stálin and kind of liked it. I wanted to read something else from her but the sinoposis looked so aliked I felt I'd just go through the same stuff. Very interesting, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucasdiniz View Post
    What you read from Sofi Oksanen, Douglas? I read As Vacas de Stálin and kind of liked it. I wanted to read something else from her but the sinoposis looked so aliked I felt I'd just go through the same stuff. Very interesting, though.
    Purge is a very good novel. I recommend it.

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    Purge is great and, in case you're interested, was adapted into an excellent movie too. The Brazilian title is Expurgo and it's easy to find, given that it's her best known novel. I recommend you give it a try.

    I also have When the Doves Disappeared waiting to be read.

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    Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DouglasM View Post
    Purge is great and.
    I also have When the Doves Disappeared waiting to be read.
    When Doves Disappeared is very good too. Similar veins. But Purge is better.
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    Now that we are half way through the year, let me sum up my readings in the first half of the year..

    Jan

    1. Gyula Krudy - Sunflower
    2. Jamaica Kincaid - Annie John
    3. Dai Sijie - Balzac and Little Chinese Seamstress
    4. Santhosh Choubey - 'kya pata' Comrade Mohan
    5. Zakaria Tamer - Breaking Knees: sixty-three very short stories from Syria
    6. William Shakespeare - Two Gentlemen of Verona
    7. Ngugi wa Thiongo -A Grain of Wheat

    Feb

    8. Ravi Menon - Anantharam Sangeethamundayi
    9. Sunil Nambu - Roaming
    10. Otar Chiladze - Avelum
    11. Uwe Johnson - Speculation about Jakob
    12. Ivan Vladislavic - Double Negative
    13. Thiruvizha Jayashankar - Biography of Nagaswaram
    14. William Shakespeare - Henry IV , Part 1

    Mar

    15. Karl Ove Knausgard - My Struggle 3 : Boyhood Island
    16. Anu Varrier - Few explanatory notes on a Suicide
    17. Alejo Carpentier - The Lost Steps
    18. Horacio Castellenos Moya - Senselessness
    19. Iris Murdoch -The Bell
    20. V M Devadas - Dildo
    21. William Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra
    22. Elena Ferrante - The Days of Abandonment

    Apr

    23. Boubacar Boris Diop - Murambi, the Book of Bones
    24. Luigi Pirandello - Right, if You Think You Are
    25. V K N - Anusmarana
    26. Philip Roth - The Prague Orgy
    27. M R Gautam - Evolution of Raga and Tala in Indian Music
    28. Willaim Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors

    May

    29. Jorge Luis Borges - The Book of imaginary Beings
    30. Shaji - Pesahabali
    31. Rajendu - Arangodu Swaroopam Grandhavari
    32. Samanta Schweblin - Fever Dreams
    33. Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares - Family Heirlooms
    34. S L Bhyrappa - Parva
    35. William Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus
    36. Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe - On Palestine

    Jun

    37. Jose Eduardo Agualusa - My Fathers Wives
    38. Sadegh Hedayat -The Blind Owl
    39. Shoukath - Snehadaram
    40. C Ramanujachari - Spirital Heritage of Tyagaraja
    41. Emmi Itaranta - Memory of Water
    42. Joan Didion - Play It as It Lays
    43. William Shakespeare - HEnry IV , Part 2

    Jul

    44. Vasudev Murthy - What the Raags Told Me
    45. David Shulman - Tamil: A Biography
    46. Galsan Tschinag - The Blue Sky
    47. Asokamitran - Water
    48. George Pulikkan - Thotta Charithram Kettittilla
    49. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot
    50. William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice
    51. Monique Wittig - Les Guérillères
    52. Eduardo Galeano - Open Veins of Latin America

    Aug

    53. Georges Bataille - Story of the Eye
    54. Catherine Lim - The Serpent's Tooth
    55. Sheridan Le Fanu - Carmilla
    56. Jo Monroe - Star of india :The Spicy Adventures of Curry
    57. William Shakespeare - King John
    58. T.P.Sasthamangalam - Varaphalathinte Varaprasadam

    Sept

    59. Jacques Chessex - A Jew Must Die
    60. Laszlo Krasznahorkai - War and War
    61. Indira Goswami - The Blue Necked God
    62. Viktor Frankl - Man's search for Meaning
    63. E J Levy(compiled) - Tasting Life Twice
    64. Colette - Cheri
    65. William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar
    66. Helle Helle - This Should be Written in Present Tense

    Oct

    67. Franklin Foer - How Football Explains the World
    68. Ismail Kadare - Agmemnon's Daughter
    69. Kottayam K Veeramani - Nadasudharaam
    70. Eka Kurniawan - Man Tiger
    71. / Satya Nadella - Hit Refresh
    72. William Shakespeare - Henry V
    73. Pauline Reage - Story of O
    74. Stefan Sweig - Letter from an Unknown Woman & Other Stories

    Nov

    75. Muddupalani - Radhika Santhwanam(Appeasement of Radhika)
    76. S Seshadri - A Guide to Mela and Janya Raga Kritis of Sri Thyagaraja & Sri Muthuswami Dixita
    77. Cesar Aira - The Seamstress and the Wind
    78. Roberto Arlt - The Seven Madmen
    79. William Shakespeare - Othello
    80. Ivan Klima - The Ultimate intimacy
    81. Paul Cornell - Witches of Lychford
    82. Boris Dralyuk - 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution

    Dec

    83. Krishna Sobti - Mitro Marjani
    84. Warwick Collins - Gents
    85. Juan Jose Saer - The Witness
    86. Peter Nadas - Love
    87. Perumal Murugan - The Goat Thief
    88. William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
    89. Michael Ondaatje - Divisadero
    90. Michael Bhaskar - Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess
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    Sorry, I just don't have the sitzfleisch to put flags, numbers, and months to all this. Forgive me. This is a more recent updating (in addition to the half-dozen or so listed on the first page of this thread).

    Karoly Pap, Azarel
    Ilf and Petrov, The Twelve Chairs
    Arto Paasilinna, The Year of the Hare
    Felisberto Hernandez, Lands of Memory [unfinished]
    Modikwe Dikobe, The Marabi Dance
    Hart Wegner, Houses of Ivory
    Bibhutibhushan Banerji, Aparajito
    Outhine Bounyavong, Mother's Beloved
    Fleur Jaeggy, Last Vanities
    Gebreyesus Hailu, Conscript
    Eka Kurniawan, Beauty Is A Wound
    Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born [read only half]
    Mahmoud Saeed, The World Through the Eyes of Angels
    Ngugi wa Thiongo, The River Between
    Sol Plaatje, Mhudi
    James Michener, Tales of the South Pacific
    Yahya Taher Abdullah, The Mountain of Green Tea and other stories
    Carson McCullers, Clock Without Hands
    Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace
    Cormac McCarthy, The Road
    Georges Rodenbach, Bruges-la-Morte
    R.K. Narayan, Swami and Friends
    Endre Ady, Neighbors of the Night and other stories
    Dezső Kosztolányi, Skylark
    Heinrich Boll, Billiards at Half Past Nine
    anonymous, The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
    William Heinesen, The Black Cauldron
    David Albahari, Götz and Meyer
    Yusuf Idris, Tales of Encounter
    Neshani Andreas, The Purple Violet of Oshaantu
    Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
    Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs
    Mariama Ba, So Long A Letter
    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, The Forest Woman
    José Luandino Vieira, Luuanda
    Patrick Modiano, Missing Person
    Taha Hussein, The Sufferers: Stories and Polemics

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    Here's everything I completed reading in 2017 according to my Goodreads. There were numerous other books I started but gave up on. Since I didn't finish them I didn't count them. Some of these are rereads since I actually purchased them recently (having previously read them years ago at libraries).

    1. Kenzaburo Oe - A Personal Matter
    2. Patrick. Modiano -Paris Nocturne
    3. Patrick. Modiano - After the Circus
    4. Herta Muller - Nadirs
    5. Han Kang - Human Acts
    6. Patrick. Modiano - Young Once
    7. Yasunari Kawabata - The Sound of the Mountain
    8. Svetlana Alexievich - Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
    9. Patrick Modiano - Chien de printemps
    10. Patrick Modiano - Remise de peine
    11. Patrick Modiano - Fleurs de ruine
    12. Patrick Modiano - La Place de l'Etoile
    13. Patrick Modiano - The Night Watch
    14. Patrick Modiano - Ring Roads
    15. Haruki Murakami - Men Without Women
    16. Mo Yan - The Garlic Ballads
    17. Mo Yan - the Republic of Wine
    18. Mario Vargas Llosa - The War of the End of the World
    19. Yoko Ogawa - Hotel Iris
    20. Yasunari Kawabata - Snow Country
    21. Imre Kertesz - Fatelessness
    22. Gao Xingjian - Soul Mountain
    23. Orhan Pamuk - The White Castle
    24. Harold Pinter - The Birthday Party
    25. Harold Pinter - The Room
    26. Harold Pinter - The Caretaker
    27. Harold Pinter - The Dumb Waiter
    28. Knut Hamsun - Hunger
    29. JM Coetzee - Disgrace
    30. Saul Bellow - Seize the Day
    31. Andre Gide - The Immoralist
    32. Sigrid Undset - The Axe: The Master of Hestviken #1
    33. John Galsworthy - The Dark Flower
    34. Luigi Pirandello - Liola
    35. Luigi Pirandello - Right You are If You Think You Are
    36. Luigi Pirandello - Henry IV
    37. Luigi Pirandello - Six Characters in Search of an Author
    38. Luigi Pirandello - Each in His Own Way
    39. Herman Hesse - Siddhartha
    40. John Steinbeck - The Red Pony
    41. Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook
    42. George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion
    43. Haruki Murakami - What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
    44. George Bernard Shaw - Saint Joan
    45. Harold Pinter - The Homecoming
    46. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot
    47. William Faulkner - The Sound and The Fury
    48. William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
    49. William Golding - Pincher Martin
    50. Ngugi wa Thiongo - The River Between
    51. Orhan Pamuk - My Name is Red
    52. Ismail Kadare - The Siege
    53. Yasunari Kawabata - Thousand Cranes
    54. Henryk Sienkiewicz - With Fire and Sword
    55. Kenzaburo Oe - Seventeen
    56. Kenzaburo Oe - J
    57. Karl Ove Knausgaard - My Struggle 5
    58. Thomas C Foster - How To Read Literature Like a Professor
    59. Karl Ove Knausgaard - Autumn
    60. Francine Prose - Reading Like a Writer
    61. James Woods - How Fiction Works
    62. Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
    63. Ismail Kadare - Agamemnon's Daughter: A Novel and Other Stories
    64. Ismail Kadare - The Accident
    65. Ngugi wa Thiongo - A Grain of Wheat
    66. Yasunari Kawabata - The Dancing Girl of Izu ands Other Stories
    67. Yasunari Kawabata - Beaty and Sadness
    68. Yasunari Kawabata - Palm of the Hand Stories
    69. Kenzaburo Oe - The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away
    70. Kenzaburo Oe - Prize Stock -
    71. Kenzaburo Oe - Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness
    72. Kenzaburo Oe - Aghwee the Sky Monster
    73. Bob Dylan - Chronicles: Volume One
    74. Kenzaburo Oe - The Silent Cry
    75. Kenzaburo Oe - The Changeling
    76. Kenzaburo Oe - Death By Water
    77. Mo Yan - Big Breasts and Wide Hips
    78. Pearl Buck - The Good Earth
    79. Pearl Buck - The Child Who Never Grew
    80. Mo Yan - Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out
    81. Gao Xingjian - One Man's Bible
    82. Yan Lianke - Serve the People!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isahoinp View Post
    Mario Vargas Llosa - The War of the End of the World
    That good, huh? I just bought it in paperback but its length (about 800 pp. in my edition) has deterred me from starting.

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    I'd give it 6 stars if I could

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    That good, huh? I just bought it in paperback but its length (about 800 pp. in my edition) has deterred me from starting.
    In English, my version published by Picador is 586 pages.

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    Liam must have picked up the large-print version

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    ^Hehe, nope, it's the British paperback edition from Faber&Faber,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liam View Post
    ^Hehe, nope, it's the British paperback edition from Faber&Faber,
    I'm guessing the font is bigger or more spread out then. The text in this one is fairly condensed and small. At times it got tedious looking at long paragraphs.

    That's one of the reasons I've read few of the numerous Orhan Pamuk works I own. In most of them the text is minuscule and it pains me think of how much of a chore it will be to read them.

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