Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 16, 2009

Book Giveaway: My Name is Red

I’ve always wanted to have a competition here on ANZ LitLovers, and so when last week I bought a copy of Orhan Pamuk’s new book, The Museum of Innocence and received a bonus copy of his My Name is Red, (which I already have) I decided to offer the bonus copy to my readers…

I’m going to shamelessly copy Kim’s book giveaway strategy from Reading Matters and use the same random generator to pick the winner.  So to win the book, please nominate the most enjoyable book you’ve read this year in the comments below.  I will email you if you are the winner so that you can send me your address.

Competition closes on Dec 21st 2009 at 5.oopm AEST.  One entry per person, please.


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  1. Sure. Why not. My most enjoyable book this year was Wonders of a Godless World – Andrew McGahan. Enjoyable because I was so happy something so brilliant came out of Australia.

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  2. Dear Ms. Hill,

    I have been struggling with that question since I saw it at Reading Matters, and I have been vacillating since. What I have concluded for this year is that Yiyun Li is the most promising discovery I’ve made in my reading. And while I nominated The Vagrants over there, I think I’ll nominate the short story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.

    Thanks–and wonderful blog–I really appreciate the effort you put into it.

    shalom,

    Steven

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    • Actually Steven it’s really cheeky of me to ask people to choose just one book – because I can’t do it myself LOL.
      PS I tried visiting your link to find out more about Yiyun Li but couldn’t find it.

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  3. I think my most enjoyable book this year was Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate.

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  4. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! ;-)

    Please don’t enter me in your draw; I just wanted to nominate my most enjoyable read for 2009 — Randolph Stow’s The Merry-go-round in the Sea. I read it back in May and loved it so much I’ve just re-read it.

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    • Kim, *chuckle* we even have the same author! I’m delighted to see that you enjoyed Merry Go Round in the Sea, it’s on our schedule for 2010:) Lisa PS Best wishes for the festive season!

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  5. My pick for 2009 is Everything I Knew by Peter Goldsworthy, by far the most enjoyable book I have read this year.
    The story and characters were in my head long after the last page and I will be re-readin it again soon. Love it.

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  6. It’s a difficult question to answer. Nothing this year was more enjoyable than In Search of Lost Time all over again, so I’ll nominate that, but I’ll also say that I finally cottoned on to the melancholy and bracing aesthetics of Anita Brookner and W.G. Sebald: much joy there. I’d read them before, but didn’t, you know, get it. This year I got it.

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  7. My equal favourites were Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett and Truth by Peter Temple.

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  8. Matt, did I miss your review of the Andrew McGahan? I wasn’t very keen on The White Earth, but I’m prepared to give him another go if you recommend it…
    Lisa

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  9. I’ve had Like Water for Chocolate on my TBR for ages, so now I really must get to it soon!

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  10. Anne, I really liked the Goldsworthy too, and on the strength of Everything I Knew I scoured the local 2nd hand shops and have found some of his earlier books to read as well. I’ve got Wish and Maestro (said by many to be his best) and I’m looking out for Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam…

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  11. Don’t even mention Like water for chocolate. I lent my gorgeous hard cover copy bought in the US when is came out to a now ex-colleague (to whom I knew I shouldn’t have lent it as she has my Steppenwolf from the early 1980s) and have not got it back. When I asked for it back in about 2005 she said “Oh, haven’t I given it back”? “No, I don’t believe you have” (actually it’s really “No you have not”) I replied, and that was the end of that. I don’t mind about Steppenwolf as it was just a Penguin paperback, but I do grieve for Esquivel. It was a lovely little volume.

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    • Hmm, yes, I agree, Sue, it’s the the unforgiveable sin IMO! Lisa

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  12. Lisa. Clearly you have missed my review, and I am very put out :-P I read it a little while back – it’s somewhere on my page. Suffice to say, though, it’s a thoroughly brilliant novel. But then, I did like The White Earth, too.

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  13. Lisa, I think my favourite Peter Goldsworthy book is Three Dog Night, which I have read twice (so far!).
    Another one to look out for is his collection of short stories, The List of All Answers.

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  14. Do i have to pick just one? I’ve just loved The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) and Pandemonium (Daryl Gregory).
    Regards

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    • Hello Cristina – This is so exciting, meeting so many readers I didn’t know I had!
      Portuguese from Portugal, or from Latin America? Google kindly translated your review of Pandemonium for me, so I know it sounds quite intriguing.
      Lisa

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  15. I absolutely loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The book is geared toward high school readers, but as an adult, I was unable to put it down. I can’t wait until I can pass it on to my 5th grader.

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    • Hello StitchSister – from somewhere in America? The Book Thief is one of those rare books that crosses the age divide. I can’t think of many that do: maybe Watership Down, The Lord of the Rings etc.
      Lisa

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  16. Okay, for books published any year: The Fall by Camus.

    For books published in 2009 that I’ve read, Love and Summer by William Trevor.

    Great giveaway. This book is on my TBR but not my shelf. Serendipity? The random number generator will be the judge.

    Thanks Lisa!

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    • Hi Kerry I love William Trevor’s books and can’t wait to get to Love and Summer. BTW This is fun. I need a publisher to give me lots of nice books so that I can do it more often! *grin* Lisa

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  17. Oh, Matt, you tease – what’s the link for the review?!
    Lisa (who sometimes occasionally misses things when there’s 150+ emails & RSS feeds in the inbox)

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  18. Hi Lisa,

    I went back to my read list for this year and I can’t decide between Passing On or The Photograph – both by Penelope Lively. I’m so glad I found her. My current read is her new one – Family Album.

    All the best for Christmas … I notice you’re reading Life In Seven Mistakes at the moment – perfect time of year for that book – based as it is around a hot Australian Christmas.

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  19. Hi Lisa

    I already have a copy of the Pamuk so skip me for the draw. I would just like to make a nomination and say my most *enjoyable* read for this year is ‘Moon Tiger’ by Penelope Lively. She is my latest discovery and I want to read everything she has ever written. I am currently reading ‘Consequences’ and this will rate highly as well.

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  20. Hi Jenny, I’ve got Heat Wave and Cleopatra’s Sister if you like to borrow them…
    Lisa

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  21. Melissa, I am *loving* Life in Seven Mistakes! You’re right, it is the *cringe* Aussie Family Xmas in Surfers LOL, but so cleverly done. I am about half way through, and taking my time because I’m enjoying it so much.

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  22. Lol. For you Lisa, anything…

    http://matttodd.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/30-wonders-of-a-godless-world-2009-andrew-mcgahan/

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  23. […] LitLovers Blog is having an Orhan Pamuk giveaway. “My Name is Red” is up on offer…..enter by 5:00pm Australian on December 21st….Australian […]

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  24. Dear Lisa,

    Just look in the (very long) side column and you’ll see both books by Yiyun Li reviewed. Or you can pick subjects, Author: L or here:

    http://momentarytaste.blogspot.com/2009/10/thousand-years-of-good-prayers-yiyun-li.html

    is a partial review–I posted excerpts from other stories as well.

    (And here is the link for The Vagrants:

    http://momentarytaste.blogspot.com/2009/11/vagrant-yiyun-li.html)

    shalom–and if I don’t write again before then the Merriest (or Happiest) of Christmases to you and your loved ones.

    Steven

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    • Thanks, Steven, and best wishes for Hanukkah to you:)

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  25. Thanks Lisa for your kind offer and I may take you up on this at a later date. I have a several
    ‘ Lively’ titles on my shelf already including The Photograph,Making It Up, Judgement Day, City of the Mind, Passing On and I have just mooched ‘Family Album’ from Melissa. BTW good to hear you are enjoying ‘Life In Seven Mistakes’ and I look forward to your review when posted. Johnson is one of my favourite Australian authors :)

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  26. It’s like a magical gift, I think, when you read that second book by an author and you realise that the first one wasn’t just a one-off, and – oh bliss! there’s a whole body of work just as good for you to seek out and enjoy! And then the quest to find them is such fun: obsessively scouring the back list shelves at the book shop, navigating the crazy classifications they have in 2nd hand book shops and Op Shops, hunting around on BookMooch and Brotherhood Books Online, and finally when all else fails that insane internal argument about whether it’s worth paying *serious* prices on Biblioz or AbeBooks…

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  27. hi, it’s tough deciding on just one but I adored “The Virtuoso” by Sonia Orchard.

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