The Blind Owl

by The Blind Ow | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0802131808 Global Overview for this book
Registered by davemurray101 of Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on 10/19/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Considered one of the most important works of modern Iranian literature, The Blind Owl is a haunting tale of loss and spiritual degradation. Replete with potent symbolism and terrifying surrealistic imagery, Sadegh Hedayat's masterpice details a young man's despair after losing a mysterious lover. As the narrator gradually drifts into madness, the reader becomes caught in the sandstorm of Hedayat's bleak vision of the human condition.

Journal Entry 2 by davemurray101 at Valentine, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Replacement ring for - http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6819466

remaining participants..

allthesepieces (usa)

crimson-tide (au)

FreePages (au)

Journal Entry 3 by davemurray101 at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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posted to allthesepieces of PA.

Journal Entry 4 by snarkhunting at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania USA on Sunday, November 07, 2010
I've really been looking forward to reading this book, so I was happy when it arrived a few days ago. I'm still happy and still looking forward to reading, of course, but work has me rather busy at the moment. I'll have to make sure to stash the book in my backpack so I can sneak a bit of reading in whenever I have a few free moments.

Thanks for sharing! I'll have the book on its way again soon.

Journal Entry 5 by snarkhunting at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, December 11, 2010
A bit of a haunting story told in hallucinative prose. In a weird way, this one kind of reminded me of Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground." My only regret is that I couldn't find enough free time to research some of the symbolism used to tell this story. On that note, I'll definitely be picking up another copy of this one for my shelf.

Thanks for the opportunity to read this! I'll have it in the mail by Tuesday.

Journal Entry 6 by snarkhunting at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, December 18, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (12/14/2010 UTC) at Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania USA

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Since I've been covering for a few of my coworkers, I got a little caught up in work, but I left this with a relative who said she'd drop this in the mail for me. (I trust her!)

To all future readers: Happy Bookcrossing!

Journal Entry 7 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, January 11, 2011
She certainly did drop it in the mail, and it's now here back in Aus. Thanks very much allthesepieces - and thanks for the very cute card. :-D

Journal Entry 8 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Saturday, February 19, 2011
A truly weird little book. I can't say I enjoyed it, and unfortunately didn't appear to appreciate it as much as previous readers. Never mind... it was short! :-)

Will post it off to FreePages on Monday.

Journal Entry 9 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Saturday, February 19, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (2/21/2011 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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Have posted off to FreePages, who is next in line in the Ring.

Journal Entry 10 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, July 15, 2011
I'm going through the books I have here and I just realised that I hadn't registered this one as caught. Many apologies- due to some eye trouble I've been a bit of black hole of bookcrossing over the past few months!
I did start on this as soon as received, it being such a short book, but then the eye trouble got worse.
I think some of the prose deserves to be savored, even if it is all a bit bleak and surreal, but I'll try to get through and send it on.
Does it go back to you now Dave? I could check with another Canberra bookcrosser who is reading from the 1001 list and see if she would like to read it. I'm sure she would be quicker with it then I've been! :)
Many thanks to all who passed it on and apologies again if any concern was caused by my lapse.

Journal Entry 11 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (7/19/2011 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Now my eyes are much better this took no time really.
I was drawn in by the mystic craziness in the first half of the book but I felt a bit blasé when he started talking about his family and seemed to descend even more into madness.
There were some interesting little footnotes regarding Iranian culture, I would have liked more of that- I'm not really into the preoccupation with death.
I was a bit annoyed by the translation in parts but that was just me being picky- instead of saying "I was growing inward incessantly; like an animal that hibernates during the wintertime" something was said about being like animals that hide away in caves all winter away from the cold...." just say hibernate! ;)
Like I said, I'm being picky.

The Blind Owl is leaving the semi-blind FreePages and is winging it's way home to you now Dave, thanks again for the opportunity to read it and your patience.

Journal Entry 12 by davemurray101 at Valentine, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Blind Owl has returned home. Thanks to everyone and to Freepages for the special gifts.

Journal Entry 13 by davemurray101 at Valentine, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I had another read of The Blind Owl again and I'd forgotten how violent and tragic it is.

Journal Entry 14 by Ms_Walkabout at Parkes, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, March 25, 2013
An interesting, but not easy read. Stick with it and the disturbing picture slowly unfolds. I don't think it was written to be 'enjoyed'.

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