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Review: Pema Chödrön’s “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times”

pema chodron when things fall apartAn anthology of Chödrön’s talks on facing hopelessness. Useful. Accessibly bite-sized.

Where it came from: JH’s Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
A few weeks of a chapter a morning
Where it went: Home
Best line of the book:
Reminds me of/that:
Who I’d recommend it to:
I’d say it’s a self-selecting title
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley; The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Review: Reinhardt Jung’s “Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories”

Bambert is something close to a midget, a self-exiled writer in his inherited home above a grocery store. Once he has written 10 stories, Bambert sets them free with balloons (with a return address) so they can find their true home. He also releases a “blank” story, waiting to see how it writes itself. This book tells of the stories’ – and Bambert’s – journey home.

This was first published in Austria, and is a more sophisticated children’s book (for around 8-10 year olds, I guess) than most in the Anglo tradition. Bambert is an unhappy, physically sick adult, writing to set himself free, and Jung doesn’t hide that from child readers. Bambert’s stories are also not saccharine, more in the bittersweet mould. Recommended.

Where it came from: JH’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: Sneak-read and a bookended pair of bed-reads
Where it went to: Home
Reminds me of:
Who I’d recommend it to: Most anyone
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Working Hot by Mary Fallon; My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Review: Shaun Tan’s “What Miscellaneous Abnormality is That?”

A limited edition book published with the DVD of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing. It’s a guide to oddments and quirkified beings. Delightful.

Where it came from: JH’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: Immediately, with delighted guffaws, lying on the lounge room floor of an old sharehouse
Where it went to: Back home
Reminds me of: An amazing art exhibition I saw at the Wollongong City Art Gallery, by Jade Pegler
Who I’d recommend it to: Most anyone with a sly sense of humour
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Gone to Earth by Mary Webb

Review: Edward Gorey’s “The Object-Lesson”

Edward Gorey explores loss and identity. A joy, as always, to peruse.

Where it came from: JH’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: Over the dinner table, with appropriate sniggers
Where it went to: Back home
Reminds me of: The Surrealists’ exquisite corpse games
Who I’d recommend it to: Punters with fancies that enjoy being tickled
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Gone to Earth by Mary Webb