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The Zigzag Way
by Anita Desai | Literature & Fiction
Registered by AgdaAgulina of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 5/28/2010
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by sakirmo): travelling


This book is in the wild! This Book is Currently in the Wild!

7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by AgdaAgulina from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, May 28, 2010

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"Eric is an uncertain, awkward young man, a would-be writer, and a traveller in spite of himself. Happy to follow his more confident girlfriend to Mexico, he is overwhelmed with sensory overload, but gradually seduced - by the strangeness, the colour, the mysteries of an older world. He finds himself on a curious guest for his own family in a 'ghost' mining town, now barely inhabited, where almost a hundred years earlier young Cornish miners worked the rich seams in the earth."

I bought this book randomly from one of my favourite bookshops in Prague, and actually liked it more than I expected. It is not a thick book, but a pleasant little journey to another world.

According to it's name, I think this book could make an excellent bookring, if there are any interested readers.

Zigzag-ring:

elstaplador (UK)
em64 (FIN)
erpax (FIN)
Amynita (FIN)
 


Journal Entry 2 by AgdaAgulina at Bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 14, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (6/14/2010 UTC) at Bookring, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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The Zigzag Way has started... 


Journal Entry 3 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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This arrived in the post this morning. Thank you AgdaAgulina! 


Journal Entry 4 by elstaplador at Tampere, Finland -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (6/23/2010 UTC) at Tampere, Finland -- Controlled Releases

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In the post to em64!

I enjoyed this book; it was the old story of going to find one's ancestors, to try to work out who they were, and, by extension, who you are, by going to where they were. (In this case, Mexico.) It is something that I wonder about myself, sometimes. Also about: cultural appropriation, work, inspiration. Recommended. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingem64wing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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The book arrived yesterday. Will start reading it very soon, looks like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 6 by wingem64wing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, July 04, 2010

8 out of 10

I haven't read Desai before so it was an interesting read. I did like the story, though I was not overly ecstatic. In the beginning I had to struggle a bit to get into the story but it helped the further the story went. My favorite bit was Betty's story. 


Journal Entry 7 by wingerpaxwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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Got this book from em64 today. Thank you for the ring, AgdaAgulina! 


Journal Entry 8 by wingerpaxwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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I also had to struggle a bit to get into the story. I constantly got lost in over-poetic language. In addition, I couldn't help thinking that the characters lacked depth. Author's way to describe nature and culture made book enjoyable and the journey itself was enchanting.

Many thanks AgdaAgulina!  


Journal Entry 9 by wingerpaxwing at a fellow bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (8/4/2010 UTC) at a fellow bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Seuraavaksi Amynitalle... 


Journal Entry 10 by Amynita at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, August 08, 2010

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The Zigzag Way arrived a couple of days ago! Need to finish another book first, but will start reading this one as soon as possible! 


Journal Entry 11 by Amynita at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, September 03, 2010

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I also struggled to get sucked into the story. But I did enjoy the book after all. A nice little trip to Mexico. I've read a couple of books by Anita Desai's daughter Kiran Desai, so it was interesting to read a book by her mother.

I thought the chracters lacked depth. The story was revealed to the reader little by little, but I'm not sure that was necessary. If I'd known about the grandmothers fate in the beginning (in chronological order) and followed Eric's journey to find her after that, maybe the book would have hold me in its grip a bit better... In some books it's great that the pieces of the story come together little by little, but I'm not sure if it was the right thing in this one. 


Journal Entry 12 by AgdaAgulina at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, October 25, 2010

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The Zigzag Way has zigzagged it's way back to home, through a cozy cafe and all the readers. Thank you all very much for reading and joining! More rings soon... 


Journal Entry 13 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, October 31, 2010

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I brought this home with me from a BC meetup in Helsinki today, mainly because of the location but also because it looked so intriguing! 


Journal Entry 14 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, September 28, 2015

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Bigger than its size. Quite atmospheric and rather melancholic. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 15 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, October 04, 2015

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The book made its way to me - thank you!!

(I forgot to journal this after reading and can't remember much about it anymore, except that I found it a bit weird... but in what way, no idea anymore :D) 


Journal Entry 16 by wingsakirmowing at Turun yliopisto, Signum in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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Released 11 mos ago (11/2/2016 UTC) at Turun yliopisto, Signum in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Dia de los Muertos is around these days I think, so it's time to set this book free... Enjoy! 


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