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How I Became a Nun
by César Aira | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 2/12/2009
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status (set by theash): to be read


12 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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From the back:

"This sinisterly funny modern-day Through the Looking Glass, about a six-year-old boy (or girl), begins with cyanide poisoning and ends in strawberry ice cream." 


Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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This book is my contribution to ApoloniaX's Weird Surprise RABCK Exchange. I think it's weird enough that you never know whether the narrator is a boy or a girl (I don't know if the reason for this is a question of confused sexual identity or something else), but the story itself is weird too and most of it happens in the six-year-old narrator's imagination - which goes a long way to explaining why it is so weird :D My favourite passages were the ice-cream incident at the beginning and the part where the narrator imagines him/herself to be a teacher.

I hope the book is weird enough for you too, Anisha :)

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Also counts as Argentina in the Geographical Challenge. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Released 7 yrs ago (8/13/2009 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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On its way to ApoloniaX in Germany. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing from Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on Saturday, August 15, 2009

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A weird book arrived today!
And some weird yummy salty liquorice :-)
Thank you so much! 


Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing from Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on Sunday, August 16, 2009

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This funny, cynical slim book of about 120 pages is truly weird… it consists of disconnected hilarious anecdotes, an end that is as weird as the beginning, trans-gender confusion, an eccentric six-year-old boy or girl, who is constantly analysing her/his surroundings & own life, never doing what is expected, with a bizarre inner world. Some scenes are simply great, other stretch a bit long.
Don’t read it if you need a well-structured plot, don’t read it if you need explanations for everything that you don’t quite understand, don’t expect credibility.
And always remember: Eating strawberry ice cream may have extreme consequences.
By the way, it’s got nothing to do with nuns. But with becoming a writer.
More information here

When I started reading I got that huge craving for strawberry ice cream... almost went out to an ice cream parlour, but then preferred to continue reading. And all of a sudden, after a few pages the craving vanished. Completely. Strawberry ice cream? Yuk! Isn't that weird?
I had some a few days later (and enjoyed it, nothing happened).
 


Journal Entry 6 by wingApoloniaXwing from Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal on Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Int'l Bookray:
- mrbaggins1, South Africa, ship int'l
- ealasaidmae, US, ship int'l
- CandyDarling, Finland, ship int'l
- Haugtussa, Norway, ship EU
- franaloe, Netherlands, ship EU (if possible)
- RonOren, UK, ship int'l
- okyrhoe, Greece, ship int'l
- wendyv, Australia, ship int'l
- Dancesports, Australia - end of ray

The usual:
- Someone will PM you for your address, PM them back and provide your address
- When you receive the book, please make a journal entry letting everyone know that you received it
- Please try to finish it within four weeks
- When the end is in sight, check the book's journal and PM the next person to get their address
- Make another journal entry and let everyone know what you thought of the book
- Make release notes to let everyone know that it's in the mail
- Send the book to the next person on the list
If delayed make sure to let us know so that the ray will not stop
 


Journal Entry 7 by wingApoloniaXwing at sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 21, 2009

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Released 7 yrs ago (8/22/2009 UTC) at sent by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Strawberry ice-cream travelling to South Africa.
Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 8 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Arrived today - thanks a stack - seems like a quick and intriguing read - got some in front of this one but will get around to it as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 9 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Sunday, October 11, 2009

6 out of 10

Right, done & dusted. A strangle little novella and it really falls squarly in the realm of the weird. ApoloniaX's entry covers it all. The aversion to ice-cream hits close to home. I love the stuff and polished off a litre of Creamy Vanila infused ice-cream since Friday. Yum! Heartgirl, my partner says she has never even tasted ice-cream, not even as a child, and certainly in the 15 years whe've been together I never saw he eating it. Says she finds the smell off-putting.

Contacting the next in line. Thanks for sharing. 


Journal Entry 10 by mrbaggins1 at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Released 7 yrs ago (10/13/2009 UTC) at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

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Released today by surface mail together with Stephen King's "Just After Sunset" to ealasaidmae in the US who is next up. A strange little book that falls squarely in the realm of weird literature. 


Journal Entry 11 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Friday, December 25, 2009

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This arrived a couple days ago, perfect timing as I've just finished reading a ring! I can dive straight into this one. Thanks for sending it, mrbaggins - and thank you for the wonderful extras! They were a great surprise! 


Journal Entry 12 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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I am completely bewildered and enjoying every minute of it. In a world where we only seem to take ourselves more and more seriously every day it's nice to be reminded occasionally that not everything has to make sense. Just for the record, strawberry ice cream is truly disgusting. I'm a peach-loving girl (or boy), myself. 


Journal Entry 13 by ealasaidmae at St. Albans, West Virginia USA on Wednesday, January 06, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (1/4/2010 UTC) at St. Albans, West Virginia USA

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on its way to Finland... 


Journal Entry 14 by wingCandyDarlingwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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This little book was waiting for me when I got back from my holiday in Buenos Aires, what a perfect timing. :) I delved into it immediately, and finished it already. I'm not sure if I liked it, but it was definitely interesting, easy to read and entertaining. Although sometimes I was annoyed by the narrator's eccentricities, in the end I realized I had come to like her.

Thank you for starting this ray, ApoloniaX! I'm glad I had the chance to get to know another Argentinian writer. 


Journal Entry 15 by wingCandyDarlingwing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, February 07, 2010

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I mailed this book to Haugtussa on Feb 6th. 


Journal Entry 16 by wingHaugtussawing from Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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The book arrived today, and I really should not start on it straight away as I'm already reading a couple of books... but this one is tempting! 


Journal Entry 17 by wingHaugtussawing from Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Done! I needed a small book for a weekend away, and this was it.
Strange indeed - and what a way to die!

I'll quote my granny:
I scream, for you scream, and we sream for ice cream!

The book will be off as soon as I've got an address. 


Journal Entry 18 by franaloe from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Sunday, February 28, 2010

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Got it! Thanks for sending and sharing. I have quite some books to read in advance, but I should get to this one within reasonable time. 


Journal Entry 19 by franaloe from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Unfortunately, not my cup of tea at all...boy, girl, poisened, nun...nope, it just did not work. I am asking for the address of the next person on the list. 


Journal Entry 20 by franaloe from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, March 22, 2010

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Off to RonOren. 


Journal Entry 21 by RonOren from Stockwell, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Thanks, franaloe. After the confusion of trying to recognise the handwriting as belonging to one of my friends or family, this was quite a pleasant surprise. I'll bring it along for the commute, so am certain to finish it within the next few days. 


Journal Entry 22 by RonOren from Stockwell, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, April 08, 2010

5 out of 10

I really don't know what to make of this book. As a story, there isn't really that much to it and the introspective/halucinogenic bits were rather strange. Yet, I could more or less see the quality of the writing, even if it didn't really do much for me. I guess I never really got into it...

Well, I gave it a go, but it's really not my cup of tea. Still, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try it, ApoloniaX. I've PM'ed okyrhoe and will try to get the book moving as soon as possible. 


Journal Entry 23 by RonOren from Stockwell, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, April 10, 2010

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Sent to okyrhoe. Hope it'll be more to your liking than mine... 


Journal Entry 24 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Arrived in Athens!

Thanks RonOren for posting the book to me, and ApoloniaX for organizing the ring! 


Journal Entry 25 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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(reserved for my comments) 


Journal Entry 26 by okyrhoe at By Post, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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On its way to wendyv in Australia. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 27 by wendyv from Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Thanks okyroe! It arrived today and some of my children had placed it square on the bench for me to find when I got home from work. Thank you. Such a lovely postcard, also. Thank you. 


Journal Entry 28 by wendyv from Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Friday, May 14, 2010

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I read this queer little book in one sitting. It was my intention to give it a quick look over before placing on the top of the tbr's besides my bed until I had finished another ut I simply could not put it down. It was enthralling and unusual....and yes, refreshing. I found the end so disturbing, it will take me a while to rid myself of it! I found myself caught up in the world portrayed, in the horrors (yes, horrors!) that befell the little boy/girl....
Thank you for including me in the ring. I will post it off to Dancesports asap. :) 


Journal Entry 29 by wendyv at Blind Bight, Victoria Australia on Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (5/17/2010 UTC) at Blind Bight, Victoria Australia

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Will be posted on Monday from our local shop. Please enjoy it! 


Journal Entry 30 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Friday, June 04, 2010

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Thank you - book has arrived safely. I'm adding to my tbr pile but this one looks a quick read so it won't take long when I do get to it :-) 


Journal Entry 31 by Dancesports at Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, June 27, 2010

5 out of 10

I agree this one is truly weird. I found I enjoyed it more once I gave up trying to understand it but by then I was about three parts through the book. I did find the vocabulary of the six year old character quite amazing and I am still tossing around this sentence in my mind 'What catechisms of feral pedagogy await the perspicacious observer'. This one did jump a few in my book queue mainly because it is a light book and was easy to pack as an extra book when I was travelling for work this week, I started on the flight home and I only had a chapter to go after my plane landed. Marking it as reserved as I guess this bookray will be continuing? 


Journal Entry 32 by Dancesports at Controlled Release, Ray-It-Forward -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 06, 2010

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Sent on as a little extra surprise with a book ring 


Journal Entry 33 by theash at Kuranda, Queensland Australia on Friday, August 13, 2010

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I just recieved this book in the post from Dancesports along with the Red Tent. I look forward to getting around to reading it. Thanks. 


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