Friday 10 April 2020

Weekend Blog Hops - 10 April 2020

Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again! 

What is a book that has helped you get through your lowest point in life?
I really don't have one per se. There have been books I've felt a strong connection to at one time or another, because they reflected how I was feeling in that period/moment, but I have no single book that helped me in the way this question implies. If I am feeling low for any reason, any story I love can help take my mind off things and make me feel better.

Opening sentence:
For years I remained faithful to a strange obsession.

From page 56:
An irrefutable truth brought his speculation to a halt: the date of the trial was approaching, and she still wouldn't admit her real name.

My Current Read
Natural History
Carlos Fonseca
Just before the dawn of the new millennium, a curator at a New Jersey museum of natural history receives an unusual invitation from a celebrated fashion designer. She shares the curator's fascination with the hidden forms of the animal kingdom—with camouflage and subterfuge—and she proposes that they collaborate on an exhibition, the form of which itself remains largely obscure, even as they enter into a strange relationship marked by evasion and elision.

Seven years later, after the death of the designer, the curator recovers the archive of their never-completed project. During a long night of insomnia, he finds within the archive a series of clues to the true story of the designer’s family, a mind-bending puzzle that winds from Haifa, Israel, to bohemian 1970s New York to the Latin American jungle. On the way, he discovers a cast of characters whose own fixations interrogate the unstable frontiers between art, science, politics, and religion: an aging photographer, living nearly alone in an abandoned mining town where subterranean fires rage without end, who creates models of ruined cities; a former model turned conceptual artist—and a defendant in a trial over the very nature and purpose of art; a young indigenous boy who has received a vision of the end of the world. Reality is a curtain, as the curator realizes, and to draw it back is to reveal the theater of obsession.
Natural History is the portrait of a world trapped between faith and irony, between tragedy and farce. A defiantly contemporary and impressively ambitious novel in the tradition of Italo Calvino and Ricardo Piglia, it confirms Carlos Fonseca as one of the most daring writers of his generation.


  1. An interesting book I see. I added you to the linky. Happy Easter weekend! Stay safe!

  2. Wow! I like the words "the theater of obsession" and "trapped between faith and irony."

    Fascinating! Here's mine: ”SOMETHING SHE’S NOT TELLING US”

  3. I agree with you! There are certain books/stories that can help you, but this also depends on how you feel at that particular moment.

    Also, "Natural History" has a wonderful cover!

    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

  4. This one seems interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  5. Very nice answer to the Blog Hop.

    Hope you are well, and thanks for coming by my blog.

  6. This sounds like a really compelling book. I love the cover, too. Hope you are staying safely away from the nasty virus. My Friday Quotes

  7. Those quotes have me interested for more. Thanks for sharing! Stay safe! :)