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Timbuktu
by Paul Auster | Romance
Registered by lucy-lemon of Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Miss-Owl): reserved


6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 30, 2009

6 out of 10

This has been sat on my shelf for literally years, and then I realised it is on the 1001 books list. It didn't take long to read, but it was a moving story about a dog, Mr Bones. I really felt sorry for him. I did feel a bit like I was missing something though. 


Journal Entry 2 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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Will be sending this off on a bookray:

Caroley - UK - EU posting
mafarrimond - UK - EU posting
EmgeeNL - Netherlands - EU posting
Simson-Shilitoe - Germany - Intl posting if needed
ealasaidmae - US - Intl posting
Miss-Owl - Thailand - Intl posting 


Journal Entry 3 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, February 05, 2010

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Received today thanks!

I've got three bookrings to read before this one, but two are quite thin ones so I shouldn't be too long before getting to Timbuktu. 


Journal Entry 4 by Caroley from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Oh I loved this! What a wonderful idea to write it from the dog's point of view. It was funny and touching and sad. Really different from anything else I've read too.

Thanks for sharing it Lucy. I'll get it posted off to mafarrimond asap. 


Journal Entry 5 by Caroley at Birmingham, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Sunday, February 14, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (2/14/2010 UTC) at Birmingham, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Posted 2nd class 


Journal Entry 6 by mafarrimond from Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Received the book today. I will read asap. 


Journal Entry 7 by mafarrimond from Hawarden, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, March 06, 2010

9 out of 10

What a lovely little book. I really enjoyed the relationship between Mr Bones and Willy. A joy to read. 


Journal Entry 8 by mafarrimond at Kuhardt, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Sunday, March 07, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (3/8/2010 UTC) at Kuhardt, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany

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Posting to Simson-Shilitoe. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 9 by Simson-Shilitoe from Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on Saturday, March 20, 2010

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The book has arrived safely today. At the moment I am reading "Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull" by Thomas Mann, a bookring from "tinajaxie". Because I am the last person in this ring I will interupt this read, so that "Timbuktu" will travel as soon as possible to the next participant of the ray.

Thank you, "lucy-lemon", for sharing. 


Journal Entry 10 by Simson-Shilitoe from Neewiller-près-Lauterbourg, Alsace France on Monday, March 29, 2010

7 out of 10

I really liked this book and finished it in two evenings at the weekend. It was a really different and entertaining story.

Nice to read from the perspective of a dog, and although really a humans idea of a dogs perspective, it would be nice to really know if all dogs felt such loyalty to their owners. And I liked the way people talked to Mr. Bones as if he would understand.

I think that "Timbuktu" is similar to A. N. Wilsons "Stray", which I have read 3 weeks ago. The plot of this story is told from the perspective of a tom-cat called "Pufftail".

Thanks again "lucy-lemon" for letting me join the ray.

Posting to "ealasaidmae" as soon as I get an address. 


Journal Entry 11 by Simson-Shilitoe at Germersheim, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Thursday, April 01, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (4/1/2010 UTC) at Germersheim, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany

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Posted to "ealasaidmae" in the late afternoon after finishing todays business at the revenue office. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 12 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Monday, April 12, 2010

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It's here! Thanks for the pretty postcard, Simson-Shilitoe. 


Journal Entry 13 by ealasaidmae from New Orleans, Louisiana USA on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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Well, I'm not really a fan of animal books. I wanted to try this one because I love Paul Auster, and I did like it more than I thought I would. Maybe part of my disappointment stemmed from the very misleading description on the back. It promises a much more interesting story than we actually get. I wish Auster had stuck with Willy and Bea Swanson instead of veering off into a hard-luck-dog story. I kept thinking about those saccharine Disney movies where the puppy gets left behind on vacation and has to overcome tremendous odds to find his way home. It just wasn't my cup of tea. I have Miss-Owl's address and will get this in the mail to her tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 14 by Miss-Owl from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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It's here! Thanks for sending, ealasaidmae, and for sharing, lucy-lemon.

Since I'm the last in the ray, I have some other books to get to first, but you'll be getting another journal entry before too long. At first sight I'm surprised this book is on the 1001 list, but I look forward to giving it a go. 


Journal Entry 15 by Miss-Owl at Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand on Thursday, June 10, 2010

7 out of 10

Well, after having read the book, I'm still surprised it got onto the 1001 list. The doggy perspective was interesting, but it seemed to me there were some really convenient factors in the plot that made the narrative point of view cut some corners: Mr Bones' dreams, for example, or the fact that he understood every word of "Ingloosh". The book, however, didn't make it to the 2008 or 2010 versions (yep, a bit of a fanatic here).

That said, this is an enjoyable read that can be devoured in one sitting. I seem to be reading stories about survival lately - it'd be an interesting study to compare "Timbuktu" with "The Life and Times of Michael K" (Coetzee) and "The House of Mirth" (Wharton). Funny how such a powerful theme can cut across very different times and texts.

Onward to a BC newbie, then we'll probably wild release & set Mr Bones free! 




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