Book vs. TV series – Seven Types of Ambiguity

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What’s on tele?

I’m a bit fickle when it comes to tele. I go through stages when I get sucked into a series and then other times, I hardly watch a thing. The last two months have been so busy and disrupted that I’ve gone days without turning on the television (actually, there was a two-week stretch of no tele in there…). But I’m feeling like some binge-watching, some new shows to hook me. Continue reading

Two books about the Holocaust

Fairly sure I said something about not reading much about the Holocaust in the last decade or so because I overdid it in the eighties and nineties… Anyway, seems that went out the window when I read The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman and The Toy Maker by Liam Pieper, one after the other.

The books are similar in many ways – both tell the story of an Australian man living in the present alongside the story of a Holocaust survivor; both are set in the ‘Canada’ barracks at Auschwitz–Birkenau and examine the role of the Sonderkommando; both have themes of good versus evil, penance, and the measure of crime; both show that there are lessons in history.

“History can provide comfort in difficult or even turbulent and traumatic times. It shows us what our species has been through before and that we survived. It can help to know we’ve made it through more than one dark age. And history is vitally important because perhaps as much as, if not more than biology, the past owns us and however much we think we can, we cannot escape it. If you only knew how close you are to people who seem so far from you… it would astonish you.” (Perlman)

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It’s been so long…

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Oh, how I laughed when I read the topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish notes that it’s sad that she’s had some books for six years and still hasn’t read them…. Six years? Pfft. One of the books on my list has been sitting next to my bed for fourteen years. Continue reading

Miles Franklin Award – longlist 2012

I love hearing who are the contenders for particular literary awards – partly to check out what I’ve read and partly to see what I should read.

The longlist for the Miles Franklin Award 2012 was announced this morning. I’m gunning for Charlotte Wood’s Animal People, a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

And I’ve moved Elliot Perlman’s The Street Sweeper and Alex Miller’s Autumn Laing up my reading list.