Monkfish Moon

by Romesh Gunesekera | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1862070954 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingkiwiinenglandwing of Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on 5/1/2016
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingkiwiinenglandwing from Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, May 01, 2016
Nine short stories that create a compelling picture of Sri Lanka, a country of teaming natural beauty and a society in turmoil.

Journal Entry 2 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Some of these stories resonated more with me than others, but they were all really well crafted and let me see some of the issues that existed for Sri Lanka during various times. The stories are all set in personal domestic settings, with the outside turmoil of riots, coups, and political instability impacting these small arenas.

Journal Entry 3 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, May 13, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (5/14/2016 UTC) at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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posting as part of the authors from unusual countries sweepstake - a book to say thanks for taking part.
If you aren't familiar with Bookcrossing, take a few minutes to check out this very cool site. Bookcrossers LOVE books, and more than anything, they love to read books and then set them free for other people to find and enjoy. I would love it if you would leave a journal entry -- you can say where you found the book or how you liked it when you read it.

Journal Entry 4 by CathrineB at Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on Monday, May 30, 2016
Thank you so much!

I've never read anything from Sri Lanka, so I look forward to read this book!

Journal Entry 5 by CathrineB at Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on Friday, August 26, 2016
Well, the stories are fairly OK. But if I had borrowed the book on the library, I would might have delivered it back after reading one short story. The stories didn't really "catch me", making me want to continue reading. But anyway, I decided that I would finish reading the book before I passed it on.

Journal Entry 6 by CathrineB at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Friday, September 02, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (9/2/2016 UTC) at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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For the Authors from unusual countries sweep. Sorry for sending it so late!

Journal Entry 7 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The book is here, many thanks! :)

Journal Entry 8 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (11/13/2016 UTC) at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland

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Beautifully written and a quick(ish) read, but none of the stories were particularly memorable. I read it yesterday but wouldn't be able to name one single story that would still linger in my head afterwards... Still, I'm interested in reading something else from this author as I did enjoy his writing style.

Once again the book is travelling to the next winner of Authors from unusual countries -sweepstake :) Congratulations!

Journal Entry 9 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, November 24, 2016
Interesting.
I've previously read a book from Sri Lanka which I found rather confusing, thus I do wonder what this will give me. Thank you very much for passing it on.

Journal Entry 10 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Friday, December 22, 2017
I have to agree with the previous readers, none of the stories stay with me. On the other hand, I quite enjoyed some of them, others I did find a wee bit confusing.
Nice quick read, though.

Journal Entry 11 by wingHaugtussawing at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (1/30/2018 UTC) at Stavanger, Rogaland fylke Norway

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My January RABCK - enjoy!

Journal Entry 12 by wingTarnawing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, February 08, 2018
I’ve stayed away from home most of the time lately but returned there for one night yesterday evening. And there was Monkfish Moon waiting for me. A couple of years ago, I read Reef by Gunesekera, and that’s why I’m quite intrigued. Thank you so very much, Haugtussa!

Now, I’m in the habit of checking if the book has been nominated for some awards. It wasn’t so easy this time because the lists I found seem to be a bit vague and contradictory. Anyway, I’m pretty sure about this:
New York Times Notable Book 1992
1993 Commonwealth Writers Prize, shortlist


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