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Dec. 31st, 2005 | 08:00 pm
posted by: ex_mthrtong in 2006_books

Welcome! And apologies for the belated greeting. Y’all know what to do, of course. This community is here to talk about books you are reading in 2006, books you recommend. Books published in 2006 and books that may be otherwise overlooked or missed (small press, small small press, small small small press, etc) are especially of interest, but any old book you appreciate will do. If you want, feel free to start it up by posting your personal best of 2005 list. I haven't advertised this community beyond my flist, but you please feel free. Any suggestions, lemme know.

It’s snowing & I have a cold; we’re stowed away at home for New Year’s Eve, listening to Prairie Home Companion & I’ve just started reading Jose Saramago’s The Cave. It was published in English (trans. from Portuguese) in 2002 and, as I said, I’ve only read a few pages, but I think that 2006 will be the year I discover Jose Saramago. The Cave starts:

The man driving the truck is called Cipriano Algor, he is a potter by profession and is sixty-four years old, although he certainly does not look his age. The man sitting beside him is his son-in-law, Marcal Gacho, and he is not yet thirty. Nevertheless, from his face too, you would think him much younger. As you will have noticed, attached to their first names both these men have unusual family names, whose origin, meaning, and reason they do not know. They would probably be most put out to learn that “algor” means the intense cold one feels in one’s body before a fever sets in, and that “gacho” is neither more nor less than the part of an ox’s neck on which the yoke rests.

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from: ex_redrain
date: Feb. 19th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)

Ah, thank you. I was interested because the nature of the readings posted here. It's not often I see Lyn Heijinian written about in a community.

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