The last of 2021: Malve Von Hassel “The Amber Crane” and Martin Amis “Time’s Arrow”, plus favourite reads of 2021

Time flies. We’re already in 2022. Happy New Year! May it be filled with great, stimulating or pleasant reads. I’m here to post updates for the final reads I did in 2021.

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Walks with poets: Rilke

What poets or poems accompany you on your walks? What poems express what perhaps one might feel on a walk? I might post such poems once in a while. Walks are those moments when I feel connected to the sounds and sights around me. Especially in the mornings when I gather strength for the coming day, being here and now, in my surroundings as I move through them, is important.

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A short story: Two Turtle Doves

Suicidal teenager Rich Anthony was on his way to step in front of an express train when he spots a battered acoustic guitar left outside an Oxfam shop. Intrigued, Rich postpones his plans, takes the guitar home and teaches himself to play.
What happens next changes his life.

You can read it here: https://www.close2thebone.co.uk/wp/tw…

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At night all blood is black – David Diop

The latest book I’ve completed is anything but light holiday reading. In fact, it’s one of the most harrowing books I could pick. This winner of the International Booker Prize, garnering accolades in France, is a brutal, visceral experience. I appreciate it most for its very effective use of first-person narrative, strong (and again, effective) theme of duality / the double and mesmerizing quality of writing featuring phrases recurring like in a religious litany or chant.

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Recent books

The summer is a busy time for me and I hardly find the time to read, usually can’t focus much. But even so, I found the time to read three titles. One is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a world struck by sudden blindness, the other two are adventures of a girl in a whimsical world.

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