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A Fraction of the Whole
by Steve Toltz | Literature & Fiction
Registered by bookseekerAT of Sydney, New South Wales Australia on 1/18/2009
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by bookseekerAT): available


4 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by bookseekerAT from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, January 18, 2009

10 out of 10

I loved this book! Simply amazing. A great read - funny in unexpected places, thought provoking, full of pathos, and sharp insights into relationships, society and humanity. Follows the adventures and misadventures of 3 men from the same family, but casts its net wide to provide comment on all manner of things.

Something of a marathon at over 700 pages, but full of so many different nuggets that I'm sure it will still shine on repeat readings.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008 - and a debut novel to boot! 


Journal Entry 2 by bookseekerAT at Woolloomooloo, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, January 25, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (1/19/2009 UTC) at Woolloomooloo, New South Wales Australia

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Lent to a colleague. 


Journal Entry 3 by bookseekerAT from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 23, 2009

9 out of 10

now back in my possession. My colleague LOVED it. 


Journal Entry 4 by bookseekerAT from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Now a bookring as part of DrCris' Miles Franklin Challenge 2009.
Heading off to freelunch soon.


Now travelling in this order:
freelunch
goodthinkingmax
bekoh
 


Journal Entry 5 by bookseekerAT at Stanmore, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, May 24, 2009

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Released 8 yrs ago (5/24/2009 UTC) at Stanmore, New South Wales Australia

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Off to freelunch as a bookring. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 6 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Monday, June 01, 2009

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received today, thanks very much bookseekerAT :)

I have several books to read ahead of this one so it might take me a few weeks to get to it. 


Journal Entry 7 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Thursday, July 16, 2009

10 out of 10

what a marvelous book! it reminded me of of the early Peter Carey novels I fell in love with, Bliss and Oscar & Lucinda. I'll definitely be picking up a copy for my PC, to read again in a year or so and share with my wife.

Thanks again bookseekerAT. I'll send it on to goodthinkingmax soon. 


Journal Entry 8 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Monday, July 20, 2009

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posted tomorrow (July 21st) 


Journal Entry 9 by goodthinkingmax from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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This arrived last week but I neglected to journal earlier. I just read a few chapters and it's engrossing and (thankfully) far more accessible than I was expecting it to be! Thanks for posting it freelunch. 


Journal Entry 10 by goodthinkingmax from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, August 13, 2009

8 out of 10

Initially I really enjoyed this. The wit was superb and really had me marvelling at almost every sentence. I do think Australian readers will appreciate it more, with so many references to landmarks and experiences that will be unfathomable to most overseas readers. I can't help wondering if Steve Toltz could possibly have any more thoughts left in his head after putting so many into this large book. By about three quarters through, the novelty of the writing had worn off and I became fairly impatient to finish it. I did find the chapters set in Paris and Thailand a bit more difficult to plough through. 


Journal Entry 11 by bekoh from Fern Bay, New South Wales Australia on Friday, August 28, 2009

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received in the mail today - thanks 


Journal Entry 12 by bekoh from Fern Bay, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 07, 2009

8 out of 10

What a ride!

The first part of this book borders on insanity but is so very funny I couldn't put it down. The "Handbook" had my crying with laughter. I had to read parts of it out to my husband (who completely missed the point & thought I had lost the plot). I did find the story lagged a bit in the second half, especially the overseas chapters, but by then I was deeply immersed in this disfunctional family's story I kept on reading.



 


Journal Entry 13 by bekoh at By Mail, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Released 7 yrs ago (10/25/2009 UTC) at By Mail, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases

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Thank you for sending this out as a bookring. It was a strange but compelling read. I hope it gets home safely. 


Journal Entry 14 by bookseekerAT from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

9 out of 10

Book returned safely home. BC created an opportunity to spread the mirth around - one of the most eccentric novels I have read, and great to read the views of others.
Happy bookcrossing all! 


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