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Feb 04, 2007

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amcorrea

Excellent discussion! I found that the characters were so vibrant that it was easy for me to keep track of them, even if I couldn't remember all the names at first.

I agree with Anne about the specificity of Aburiria counteracting any "glossing" effect of the allegory. It brilliantly gets at the heart of dictatorship and reminded me a lot of García Márquez's Autumn of the Patriarch.

Anne Fernald

Thanks, Ana Maria! It's so cool that you've read it already and know what a treat others are in for.

Well, I just read over what I wrote and I see that the distinction "financial rather than deep or real" is sloppy. There is a difference between settler colonies and the others: the illusions that we can have about one another differ according to proximity, but the West's implication in any colony is no less "deep" or "real" for being "merely" financial.

Anyway...back to the discussion...it is a great book!--Anne

Bookdwarf

I became interested in Africa several years after a stay in Europe. I remember watching CNN in Germany and being amazed at the amount of stories on Africa. There were stories on things we never hear about in the US. Africa only gets in the news if something really drastic happens---look how long it took for Darfur to get mentioned. I returned determined to learn more about Africa. As I started reading I had to get more and more books because Africa is so varied.

I really loved this book. Thiongo writes these wonderful fleshed out characters. And the book's allegoric flashes make the story seem larger than life. Everyone seems likable even when they behave despicably.

Susan Helene Gottfried

I'm just curious to know, since this is the first I've seen Sam's book discussions, if he always starts in the middle.

Sam

Susan, thanks for asking. No, I don't always start in the middle when I read novels. Non-fiction often, novels not so much. Although biographies I read from back to front: last chapter, then second-to-last chapter, etc. I've read that other people read bios that way too.

Not sure why I read Wizard from the middle. Maybe the first couple of pages didn't grab me. I think I was influenced by a recent encounter with Stendhal's The Red and the Black, which I've owned for 20 years and had never read. I started at Chapter 6 of Book II. It was so engaging that I thought: why don't I do this more often? How many times in 20 years did I pick up the book and read the first page about the little town Verrieres, in Franche-Comte, on the Doube, in the Jura, none of this means anything to me, forget it. Now that I've read the book of course I can talk about that marvellous, cinematic opening paragraph.

(I just checked my past posts on LBC to see if I've ever before mentioned starting novels in the middle. I haven't, but I did once mention reading chapters randomly:

http://lbc.typepad.com/blog/2006/01/winter_nominee_.html

Honestly, I think I never recovered from reading Hopscotch. Damn you, Cortázar!)

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I've been friends with Mike Matusow,and his brother, Scott, (who does not play poker at all, but is disc Jockey, he does podcasts)for a few years now, since 2006. And Mike did confirm to me in private that Full Tilt Poker is, in fact, rigged. They want the tournaments to end as fast as they can, so the people that lose can enter another tournament and thus, give more money to the site. I asked him this once when we were playing at home over a beer, and he was very cocky about all of this. He asked me,"Have you ever had any bad beats there?(FTP)" and I said,"Yeah. Tons of times." He laughed maniacally and then explained the method, which is too long for me to explain here, regarding the way people are destroyed with staff who can see everyone's cards. On top of that, the deal is not random, but rather, controlled by a human, not a cpu, and that is why you will see 3 or 4 people get knocked out by a guy who goes all in with an 8/3 offsuit or something ridiculous like that.

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