We have spoilers for the August 2020 Boxwalla Book box! August 5th is the last day to subscribe.
FYI - We originally listed this as a full spoiler post but there will be one more item!
Each August Boxwalla Book box includes:
Erasure by Percival Everett
As I mentioned before, the August book box features a writer who makes me want to read every word he has ever written. A writer who manages to be laugh out loud funny, poignant, moving, all on the same page, if not in a single sentence. The writer is Percival Everett. And his books are simply unputdownable.
I’m trying to find the words to describe this brilliant book but none of my words will adequately convey its incisive, intelligent, multilayered beauty. So I thought I’d leave you with a couple of excerpts from this novel:
“Anyone who speaks to members of his family knows that sharing a language does not mean that you share the rules governing the use of that language. No matter what is said, something else is meant”.
“While Lisa wandered off to the garden book section, I stood in the middle of Borders thinking how much I hated the chain & chains like it. I’d talked to too many owners of little, real bookstores who were driven to the poorhouse by what they called the WalMart of books. I decided to see if the store had any of my books, firm in it belief that even if they did, my opinion about them would be unchanged. I went to Literature & did not see me. I went to a Contemporary Fiction & did not find me, but when I fell back a couple of steps I found a section called African American Studies & there, arranged alphabetically, & neatly, read ‘undisturbed’, were four of my books including my ‘Persians’ of which the only thing ostensibly African American was my jacket photograph. I became quickly irate, my pulse speeding up, my brow furrowing. Someone interested in African American Studies would have little interest in my books & would be confused by their presence in this section. Someone looking for an obscure reworking of a Greek tragedy would not consider looking in that section any more than the gardening section. The result in either case, no sale. That ****ing store was taking food from my table”.
Garden by the Sea by Mercè Rodoreda
A lot of travel plans have been put on hold this year, so we thought we’d take you on a little end of summer trip to the sea side near Barcelona this August, with a beeeeautiful novel originally written in Catalan.
The second writer in the August Book Box is another all time great! But you don’t have to take our word for it. She was also a favorite of Gabriel Garcia Marquez who said that this writer “had bedazzled me by the sensuality with which she reveals things within the atmosphere of her novels.” 😍
I will leave you with an excerpt from an essay by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on this writer, in 1983, just after she died:
“While in a Barcelona Bookstore last week, I inquired about Merce Rodoreda, and y [sic] told me that she had died the previous month. The news caused me great sadness first, for the much-deserved admiration I have for her books and, second, for the unwarranted fact that the news of her death had not been publicized outside Spain with due coverage and honors. Apparently, few people outside Catalonia know just who this invisible woman was who wrote some wonderful and enduring novels in a splendid Catalan rarely found in contemporary literature.”
Can’t wait for you all to read her..💜
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