The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea
11 journalers for this copy...
"Full title: 'The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea'. In Mark Haddon's first book of poetry, his immense talent for storytelling and his unbridled imagination combine to produce a collection that is at once bold, heartwarming, bittersweet and immensely accessible.
Combines bittersweet love-lyrics, lucid and bold versions of Horace, comic set-pieces, lullabies, wry postmodern shenanigans (including a note from the official board of censors on "18" certificate poetry), and an entire John Buchan novel condensed to five pages."
I thought this was a novel - have recently read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and loved it and thought this was another novel. Disappointed.....
Now that I've read the poems I'm glad I did buy the book. Some of the poems were really funny, like "This Poem is Certificate 18".
Haugtussa Norway (Europe)
MieLH Denmark (Europe)
boirina Portugal (Europe)
lilifin UK/Germany from October (Europe)
orange-platypus UK (int)
...and back to me! >>>The book is back home!
Arrived safe, start reading at once!
"Your kindness to animals, your skill at the clarinet,
these are accidental things.
We lost this game a long way back.
Look at you. You´re reading poetry.
Outside the spring air is thick
with the seeds of their children."
"Miaow", was of course my favorite!
Thank you for letting me discover Mark Haddons poems!
It will travel tomorrow, with a bookmark-puzzel. (I think it will be enough for a "piece" to everyone)
Arrived in my mail box this morning! Very exciting.... my first bookring ever.
There is something about reading poetry that makes you want to put the book away for a while and then later read some of the poems again when you have had time to think about them. As this is a bookring book I will not be able to do that so I shall probably have to get a copy for myself. If I were to pick one poem it would be "The Short Fuse".
I will post the book to Haugtussa tomorrow.
The book arrived today. I'm looking forward to read Haddon's prose. I also hope to pick up a couple of poems that I can use in my English classes.
I enjoyed reading Haddon's poems. I have to admit that although I enjoy reading poetry I do it far to seldom. I'd like to have more time to dvell over his writing.
I have taken the liberty to copy out some of the poems to use in my teaching; This Poem is Certificate 18, Miaow and Poets. I do hope my pupils will enjoy them!
I'll get the book sent to Denmark when I have MieLH's address.
The book is safe in Denmark :) I'll start reading ASAP - I'm terrible busy with my new job, but will make some time for this book soon.
Haugtussa sent some chocolate along with the book :) Yummy, that's the spirit :D Thank you!
Thank you for including me in the ring, Panzeranzi :) Your postcard is still in the book. What are the plastic coated things for, I wonder?
Deepswamp wrote: "It will travel tomorrow, with a bookmark-puzzel. (I think it will be enough for a "piece" to everyone)" - I guess that is what you asked about, MieLH?
Hmm... I tend to drag myself through poetry. Convincing myself that a challenge is good and that I might - at some point - strike gold. Poetry-gold :) And sometimes I do. But not this time, I'm afraid. Like Haugtussa I like "Certificate 18" the most. Many of the others I honestly didn't understand. Possible one should buy the book and read the poems again and again?
About the bookmark-puzzle. I'm sorry - I should have read through the entries myself! Thanks for answering my question. I've taken a piece of the puzzle and will pass on the rest along with the book for future readers to enjoy :)
I've already received boirinas address, so the book will travel asap - hopefully already tomorrow :)
Update september 29, 2007: Book sent off today. I hope it will reach Portugal soon :)
The book got here safely today.
Thanks for sharing it!
The book has left for lilifin today. Sorry for the delay.
My chosen lines? Here:
"I'm your best friend,
but the more I get to know of you,
the more I like myself."
thanks for sending! will be read soon!
I tried it several times, but somehow I didn't grasp these poems...perhaps my English is not good enough...it's a pity, I love Haddon's novels...
Journal Entry 16
at on Friday, May 02, 2008
Released 13 yrs ago (5/2/2008 UTC) at
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Will be send to random-poet tomorrow.
received in the post today! Thanks!
I'll put this in my handbag and start reading it tomorrow morning on the bus to work...
I love this book! The poems are so vivid and imaginative and so varied - from the surreal to the quietly insightful, from the funny to the moving. I've read the book twice and may read it again.
I've PMed orange platypus for her address and will send it on once I've had her reply. Thanks lilifin for sending me the book and Panzeranzi for setting up the ring!
Journal Entry 19
By post in Edinburgh, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 22, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (5/22/2008 UTC) at By post in Edinburgh, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases
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off to orange-platypus
This arrived in the post the other day with another poetry pamphlet - many thanks!
I couldn't really get into these poems - although some I enjoyed more than others. Perhaps I should try his novels though...
PMing babelfisk for an address.
I got this book during my vacation and has just started reading it.
I especially liked Miaow and the finishing lines: "You don't play with me. I play with you." I'm sending it on to Alvhyttan
Den här boken kom någon gång i förra veckan, tack babelfisk (jo portot räckte).
Ska bli spännande att läsa!
Journal Entry 25
Göteborg, Västergötland Sweden on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The book is back home!
Journal Entry 26
Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017 in St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Thursday, April 20, 2017
Released 4 yrs ago (4/21/2017 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017 in St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway
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On the book buffet