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Initial musings on finishing "The Ministry of Pain"


First I have to say wow…totally not what I expected from the blurb on the jacket. Incredible writing and I have to admit that I wish I could read Croatian to have the experience of reading this in the original.

I wanted to read this prior to reading the postings in the Book Group at Words without Borders or any of the interviews with Dubravka Ugresic. I didn’t want others’ comments to affect how I read the book, which is my general practice when reviewing a book.

There is so much going on in this book that I need to digest. I hope to have a review up here shortly – in the meantime I can suggest is that you go and grab a copy of this book and read it as soon as possible. It’s well worth your time.

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6 Comments to

“Initial musings on finishing "The Ministry of Pain"”

  1. On May 22nd, 2006 at 7:13 am Lotus Reads Says:

    Janelle, I am so pleased you more than liked this book. I can’t wait to read it! The other book I am hoping to read is, “The Book of Revenge” by Dragan Todorovic. I saw it displayed at “Chapters” the other day and it looks like a good, moving read.

  2. On May 22nd, 2006 at 10:12 am Janelle Martin Says:

    It’s not an easy read but it is absorbing, I couldn’t put it down. It also raises so many questions.

    I’ll have to go add “The Book of Revenge” to my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. On May 22nd, 2006 at 5:16 pm kimbofo Says:

    Interesting. This book came up as one of my ‘recommendations’ on Amazon. I had never heard of the book nor the author before and was quite intrigued. I wasn’t entirely convinced that it was my cup of tea, but now I’ve read your initial thoughts I’m wondering whether i should get my hands on a copy…

  4. On May 22nd, 2006 at 7:44 pm Janelle Martin Says:

    I think you’ll really like it based on some of your book reviews. I hope to have the review posted by the end of this week.

  5. On May 29th, 2006 at 6:58 pm jared Says:

    I stumbled by incident here, doing a search on “The Book of Revenge” – I have actully read the book, and you’re right lotus, it is a terrific read. It is a memoir, but at the same time it reads like a novel. I recommend it.

  6. On May 30th, 2006 at 2:47 am Janelle Martin Says:

    Welcome Jared, I’m glad you stumbled into my closet in the blogosphere. Feel free to stop back, even if you aren’t doing research.

    I’m definitely going to have to bump “The Book of Revenge” up that to be purchased list.

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