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How am I just now learning that 'katzenjammer' is the German word for hangover? I chuckled when I saw this tea! I haven't tried it yet because I haven't really had occasion to try it yet! I'm sure I probably will again some day, though. It looks good, too, with licorice and ginger in it. Yum!
Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue (Hardcover) - Value $15.46 (retail price: $25.99)
I'm not very far into this book yet, but so far it's pretty wild! I also love that it was just released in February of this year. It got four stars on Amazon, too! They write:
A daring, kaleidoscopic novel about the clash of empires and ideas, told through a tennis match in the sixteenth century between the radical Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo, played with a ball made from the hair of the beheaded Anne Boleyn.
The poet and the painter battle it out in Rome before a crowd that includes Galileo, Mary Magdalene, and a generation of popes who would throw the world into flames. In England, Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII execute Anne Boleyn, and her crafty executioner transforms her legendary locks into those most-sought-after tennis balls. Across the ocean in Mexico, the last Aztec emperors play their own games, as the conquistador Hern·n CortÈs and his Mayan translator and lover, La Malinche, scheme and conquer, fight and f**k, not knowing that their domestic comedy will change the course of history. In a remote Mexican colony a bishop reads Thomas Moreís Utopia and thinks that it's a manual instead of a parody. And in today's New York City, a man searches for answers to impossible questions, for a book that is both an archive and an oracle.
¡lvaro Enrigueís mind-bending story features assassinations and executions, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bawdy criminals, carnal liaisons and papal schemes, artistic and religious revolutions, love and war. A blazingly original voice and a postmodern visionary, Enrigue tells the grand adventure of the dawn of the modern era, breaking down traditions and upending expectations, in this bold, powerful gut-punch of a novel.
Verdict: Doesn't the book sound amazing? I can't comment too much on the tea yet, other than to say it sounds good, and I hope it works! Overall I'm pretty excited about this package from Muse Monthly! The value of the contents total about $25, which comes close to the cost of the box. That's actually pretty impressive to me, as I've noticed that book subscriptions don't tend to be very high value. They tend to be more about discovery, and in this case a tea pairing as well. So far I'm really enjoying my Muse Monthly subscription!
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