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Liars and Saints
by Maile Meloy | Literature & Fiction
Registered by klaradyn of Praha, Praha Czech Republic on 3/18/2010
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Stoepbrak): travelling


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2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by klaradyn from Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Thursday, March 18, 2010

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From amazon.co.uk:

LIARS AND SAINTS is an utterly compelling portrait of a family, the twists and turns of their lives unravelled with sensitivity and understanding. By turns laugh aloud funny and unbearably moving, this is a story that lasts beyond its final pages. Set in California, the narrative follows four generations of the Santerre family from World War II to the present, as they navigate a succession of life-changing events. 


Journal Entry 2 by klaradyn at Long St, Cape Town Central in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Released 8 yrs ago (11/16/2010 UTC) at Long St, Cape Town Central in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Will release tonight at Neighbourhood when we go out.

My book #11 for the E-less challenge 2010. 


Journal Entry 3 by wingStoepbrakwing at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Picked up at A Touch of Madness in Observatory, so this one must have had some adventures from Long Street to Nuttall Road over the last 9 months. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingStoepbrakwing at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Monday, October 17, 2011

7 out of 10

"Life is difficult", is how Scott Peck started out along (his) The road less travelled all those years ago. And that's what I was reminded of when reading this book. The lives of others often look so much happier and less complicated than ours, yet all of us have a struggle to struggle, with difficulties few others know about.

Not that it is a depressing book. It's just realistic, telling the tale of 4 generations of a family with frankness and compassion.

The book surprised me. After the first few chapters I was bracing myself for the kind of book I don't particularly enjoy. However, what felt like superficiality at first, turned out to be broad brush strokes that could only be appreciated for the picture they were painting when one stood back a bit.

In the end I had to agree with Helen Fielding's quote on the front cover: "Wise, witty and beautifully written."

Shortlist: Orange Prize for Fiction 2005. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingStoepbrakwing at -- Wild-released somewhere in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Thursday, December 01, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (12/1/2011 UTC) at -- Wild-released somewhere in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

WILD RELEASE NOTES:


Themed release

The question I pondered was how to do a themed release on liars and saints? The answer came quickly: parliament, of course. I suspect our politicians are representative of those of most countries, in that there are many liars and many (I'm a positive guy) saints among them.

Access to the parliament buildings as part of an official tour would be possible, but I didn't really want to leave a book somewhere inside -- let alone take a picture of the release in a high security environment. Interrogation officers aren't known for their sense of humour.

What I did find was a good spot along Government Avenue, the pedestrianised road between parliament and The Company's Garden. There was a boulder just outside the fence, with the parliament buildings as backdrop. I left the book in a sealed plastic bag. Chances are that some politician out on walkabout might find it. Hopefully the finder can enlighten us as to which of the two categories s/he belongs to. :)

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