The Spare Room (Proof copy)

by Helen Garner | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781847672650 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcanongatebookswing on 11/21/2008
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by house-elfdobby from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Friday, November 21, 2008
This was sent to me by the ever generous canongatebooks in Edinburgh. Looking forward to reading it - thanks so much!

Journal Entry 2 by wingcanongatebookswing on Friday, November 21, 2008

Journal Entry 3 by house-elfdobby from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, November 23, 2008
Loved the style of writing, clean and crisp. Although it deals with a difficult subject I enjoyed the story and the two main characters. Helen was very believable, veering between patience, desperation, anger, frustration, love and a host of other emotions when dealing with Nicola.
I thought the book was just the right size too, any bigger and it might have been a bit depressing - it told the story in just the right amount of pages.

Thanks again canongate - have set a bookring up for it and will be sending it off to the first on the list very soon!

Journal Entry 4 by house-elfdobby from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Thursday, November 27, 2008
Will be posting this off to the first participant in a BookRay tomorrow.

Usual bookray/ring rules apply (boring but vital!)

1. Please journal the book when you receive it.
2. Then please journal it again when you've read it.
3. Finally, please journal it when you've posted it.

That way I can keep track of where it's going, or if it gets stuck
anywhere. Ideally if you can read it within a month, that would be great
and the others won't have too long a wait then. Just pm me if you have any probs.

Sheepette (UK)
angelamurdoch (UK)
wanderingstar8 (UK)
Icila (France)
MarcThomas (France) <------ it's here March 31st 2009
princess-peapod (USA)<------ UPDATE 19.12.08 - has asked to be skipped
labmomnm (USA)
catbot (Australia)

Thanks for signing up everyone, hope you all enjoy the book when it arrives. I'm sure canongatebooks will enjoy reading all the Journal Entries!

Journal Entry 5 by house-elfdobby at Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, November 27, 2008

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It's off on a journey around the world! Posting today to sheepette.

Journal Entry 6 by wingsheepettewing from Totton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Was waiting for me when I got in last night (1/12/2008), sorry haven't had time to journal before now.

Had however had time to start it.! really good so far.

Journal Entry 7 by wingsheepettewing from Totton, Hampshire United Kingdom on Sunday, December 07, 2008
This book dealt with a very emotive topic. I'm afraid I don't think i really liked Helen. (In my opinion she wasn't developed enough to like)

I felt for Nicola clutching at any straws unable to face the truth.
I now wonder how the final copy differs from the proof one!


Thank you house-elfdobby and cannongatebooks.

Willpost out some time this week.

Journal Entry 8 by wingsheepettewing at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, December 11, 2008

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I have put this in the works post today (I have paid for it, but it was easier and quicker than going to the post office. ) the post is normally collected around about 5pm. so it should begin the next stage of it's journey tomorrow!


thank you again all.

Journal Entry 9 by lidlekiwi on Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Hi, the book arrived today.
The postcard idea is great!! Its nice to see what other parts of the UK look like, as I have only explored London (i'm a kiwi).
I liked the recycled packaging, we do that at home as well! Anything that can help the environment is always a plus!

I also won this book in a RABK so now I have 2 copies..... I haven't started reading the book yet, so I guess should take this as a sign and start reading the book.......

Merry xmas all!

Journal Entry 10 by lidlekiwi on Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This book is already a well traveled book!! I took it on holiday with me, we started in Vienna and then cruised down the Danube River until Nurnberg, we then drove to Prague and then flew to Milan. I'm still in Milan and I finished the book last night or early this morning.

In a few days I am heading to Paris, via Geneva and then back to London the 4th, when I will post the book out to the next person on the list.

What did I think of the book...... well
Firstly, I felt for Helen. I imagine if I was in the similar situation I would react the same way or of handled things worst. I wouldn't be have been able to sit back and watch my friend chuck her money away on alternative bullshit medicine! The outfit sounded dodge from the first day! Then when I read the so called doctor was a vet!!!!

I think Nicola was very brave! There is no way I would have been able to be as positive as she was! Cope with all the pain and night sweats! Cancer is horrible! And I guess you don't know how you will cope until you are put in that situration!

Helens writing style was simple and easy to read! Which made for quick reading!


Journal Entry 11 by lidlekiwi at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Posted yesterday at Leyton Post shop, should arrive tomorrow!

Journal Entry 12 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, January 15, 2009
just received. I'll read it soon!

Journal Entry 13 by wanderingstar8 from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 07, 2009
I read a review of this book which made it sound excellent but really depressing, so I don't think I would have read it but for the fact that I could get it as a bookring. So I owe a huge debt of gratitude to house-elfdobby.

The subject matter of this book is simple: a woman has a terminally ill friend to stay with her while the friend undergoes some alternative treatment. The style of the book is equally simple: sentences are spare and concrete, for the most part. And yet they pack an emotional weight far beyond anything that they appear to contain. The book is suffused with sorrow, and pity, and anger, and love. I am tempted to read it again straight away: but I think the emotions, which developed through the first reading, might overwhelm me if I feel them all from the start of the book.

It's also an almost frighteningly honest book. Helen may love her friend dearly - but she finds her state of denial almost impossibly infuriating. It's clear that all the things that drew Helen to Nicola as a friend - her appetite for life, her fearless attitude, her proud unconventionality - are exactly the things which make being with her so difficult now.

At the same time, it's not a depressing book. Sad, yes; sometimes almost horrific in the descriptions of the way the cancer ravages Nicola physically. But something keeps you wanting to read on - the quality of the writing, but also I think the honesty of the emotions described.

A wonderful book.

Journal Entry 14 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, February 26, 2009
Arrived safe yesterday. Thanks.

Journal Entry 15 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Poor Nicola and poor Helen ! I know sensible people who turned to alternative ways when facing the cancer.

Difficult for Helen to cope and at the end no being considerated a closed friend by the family.

Thanks for sharing.


PMing MarcThomas

Journal Entry 16 by MarcThomas from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Arrived safely in the mail a couple of days ago. I have a few ring books ahead of this one but I'll do my best to read it quick.

Journal Entry 17 by MarcThomas from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I'll start my reading today. The book doesn't seem too long so I should be able to pass it along soon.

Journal Entry 18 by MarcThomas from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Monday, May 11, 2009
I finished the book at the end of last week. It only took me a few days to read and I must say I'm glad it didn't take me longer. The book is about a very difficult time the narrator is having but I just couldn't get into the story. All through the book I've had that kind of detachted look at the story. It sure remains a good book but I'm afraid I didn't really enjoy reading it.

I'm PMing labmomnm right away so the ring goes on.

Journal Entry 19 by MarcThomas at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 15, 2009

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On its way to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Friday, May 22, 2009
Arrived in the mail; I need to finish my current book then will start on this.

6 June 2009 - I'd never read any of Garner's work before - why aren't her books in the USA? Even Powell's only has a few of her books available as of today, and one of those is a German translation, the others appear to be used copies that people have brought from overseas. Anyway, I liked this & am now going to keep an eye out or actively search for more of her work.


Journal Entry 21 by winglabmomnmwing at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 12, 2009

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Mailed to catbot

Journal Entry 22 by catbot from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Monday, June 15, 2009
got it! and thanks labmomnm for the beautiful post card :) i've currently also got garner's "joe cinque's consolation", will read that first so that i can return it!

when finished with this, i may see if i can continue the ray.

Journal Entry 23 by house-elfdobby from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who made this bookray successful! Look forward to seeing what happens to it next, best wishes to all! xxx house-elfdobby

Journal Entry 24 by catbot from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sorry- I had to add a new entry to change the book's status :)

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