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Savidge Reads for Brazil

You may have been wondering why I have been getting rather focused on Brazilian literature in some posts of late even leading me off to Daunt Books to do some research (yes winners of those bags and some surprise books are at the bottom of today’s post). Well as I am off there for a while in November I decided to set up a little sort of ‘reading expedition/challenge’ in the lead up to that date that I hope you will all join in with in some form or other into the foreign lands of Brazil (unless you already live there of course).

It was a conversation about Brazil that originally sparked all this off in my head when one of The Converted One’s best friends said to me ‘you know you should immerse yourself in the Brazilian culture and history before you go, and you are a bit of a book geek to why not read yourself silly about it’ and so I thought ‘well why not?’ It was then another conversation where The Converted One said ‘when you get back from Brazil you will be buying and reading books for England’. And I thought ‘well why not twist that phrase and before I go read for Brazil!’ So now I am planning on doing just that. (Thanks to Kim of Reading Matters who has done my lovely logo’s!)

I am aware that I did say back at the beginning of the year that I would avoid all reading challenges; however that hasn’t stopped me from doing the NTTVBG and Persephone Reading Week etc, etc. So I am breaking my own rules again and have been off through the TBR looking for books that fit the criteria and I am most surprised by how many I already had at home…

The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts – Louis De Bernieres
The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman – Louis De Bernieres
Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis De Bernieres
The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa
Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes – Daniel Everett
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands by Jorge Amado
The Lost City of Z – David Grann
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Seamstress – Frances De Pontes Peebles
Viva South America – Oliver Balch
Equator – Miguel Sousa Tavares
Orphans of Eldorado – Milton Hatoum
Ashes of the Amazon – Milton Hatoum
Barbequed Husbands – Betty Mindlin & Indigenous Storytellers

I am already thinking that ‘The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts’ by Louis de Bernieres, ‘A Handful of Dust’ by Evelyn Waugh and ‘The Seamstress’ by Frances de Pontes Peebles (which sounds like a Brazilian Sensation novel set in the 1920’s and 30’s and really rather brilliant) would make two great choices for a read-a-thon if anyone is up for it?

  

I have also been researching what books I don’t have, which of course is most vexing because a) I am on a book buying ban and b) most of the books I would love to read aren’t available in the UK – so if any of my US readers spot anything by Clarice Lispector or a wonderful sounding crime series by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza which starts with ‘The Silence of Rain’ then do let me know as I am most open to Brazilian Relief Parcels hee, hee. There are lots of authors though who I have heard of and don’t own whose titles I will be hunting down in the library such as John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, John Grisham etc. I have in fact added an all new page ‘Reading for Brazil’ which has more details of these authors and more plus more information on the lack of rules around this ‘challenge’. So do have a gander.

So will you be joining in with some of the titles? I would soooooooo love it if you did (and so would The Converted One) if you are let me know, if enough of you like the sound of certain titles maybe we could do some reading along together before November which might be nice? Oh and feel free to let other people know about it too! Hopefully you will all catch the Brazil bug (if only in terms of fiction)!

Oh and the winners of the two Daunt Bags with some surprise books thrown in are… Suejustbooks and Jodie (in true Brazil colours), well done Jodie thats two wins in a few weeks!

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Simon’s Bookish Bits – An Easter Special

Ahhhh… and relax! Here in the UK it is the second day of a lovely long extended weekend because it is of course Easter. I have to admit the closest thing to a religion I have is my books, but I do always find Easter a very calming time of year and this weekend nothing has been planned, no volunteering has been scheduled and it’s a rare thing at Savidge Towers. The main agenda, apart from some services (as The Converted One is Catholic) at the church, is mainly books and movies (such as Clash of the Titans in 3D).

Before I go on to mention my possible reading plans over Easter I wanted to draw your attention to a post this week that I think you can all help with. The lovely Polly of Novel Insights as she goes on a quest to find long forgotten books by authors we love. Do pop over and leave some suggestions, I am interested to see what this list ends up being and am sure we will all want to give some unknown-to-us titles a whirl.

So then, Easter reading plans. I always have a nice little pile of maybes on my bedside (or actually on my bed in the case of the picture below) that I have been meaning to read a while or have just come in and are instantly tempting that I might just give a go over the break. This four day weekend I will be finishing off some pesky books I have meandered through but am enjoying, so not actually that pesky, and seeing if I can get along with any of these…

  • Skin Lane – Neil Bartlett (at the top because of next weeks NTTVBG)
  • I’m Not Scared – Niccolo Ammaniti (for my unchallenging sort of challenge ‘Lost in Translation’)
  • Necropolis – Catharine Arnold (because I start my tours next weekend at Highgate)
  • The Seamstress – Frances De Pontes Peebles (it’s a tome of a novel, I like to try and read something mammoth over a break, plus its Brazilian which I resolved to read more books from)
  • As The Earth Turns Silver – Alison Wong (new in and sounds very me, Evie Wyld’s boyfriend sent me it so I have a feeling it must be good… or else, ha)
  • The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver (haven’t read her before and do really want to, also want to get through my hardbacks and it’s an Orange contender)

There you have it a short-ish post from me as have so much reading I want to do. Do pop by to Polly’s post and leave some suggestions and also let me know what you are planning on reading over the next few days, or books that you have started and are reading right now.

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