Voyage Out Tournament : Day 5


If you’ve been following these posts you know two things:

1)   I love this book group a little too much

2)   It ain’t about the books, it’s about the people

I think books are something that should be shared as a community. We should be reading together. It’s better that way.

With that in mind, the remaining posts will be written by longtime members of the Voyage Out. I couldn’t be happier.

Today’s post was written by a founding member of the group, Tracy. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading books with Tracy. She’s funny and insightful, highly opinionated, and has a great memory for plot points. When the group is a little stumped about what happened on page 33 of a 500 page book, Tracy always remembers. More than that, since I’ve known her, my family has grown by two boys. Tracy has two boys of her own, and her anecdotes, advice, and laughter has been a gift for me and my new family.

If you need to catch up: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4

Also, join the Facebook group. It’s fun, too.

Check out the bracket here.

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Vs. Snow by Orham Pamuk

Blood Meridian.  I am not a very sentimental person but I am about this book. It was the first book us Voyage Outer originals read so it gets a big ‘ol Justin Bieber heartthrob, chest pump thing from me.  I’ve heard people liken women reading this book to men reading the “Shades” trilogy.  I am not sure what they mean because Blood Meridian isn’t what I would consider Daddy Porn.  The gore, guts, and rawness of this book are what I loved the most and that is what remains with me 4 years later. Plus, Cormac is probably the closest I’m going to get to a modern day William Faulkner.

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht Vs. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Little Miss Purple Hibiscus…well, I’m just in love with Chimamanda Adichie. That’s all I got!

Brownsville by Oscar Casares Vs. Provinces of Night by William Gay

I think William Gay is the quintessential ‘ol southern codger and that comes through in The Provinces of the Night.  Gay started writing way too late and it ended way too early.  I loved his characters in this book….they couldn’t seem to get out of their own way, which is pretty typically for that part of the country.  They become stuck in the same loop of living life the hard way and can’t seem to claw their way to the edge of the forest.  And the relationships, there are no functional or dysfunctional relationships in the South; they are all a sick version of normal.  Guess this book just reminded me of home…

The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata Vs. Galore by Michael Crummey

Galore was my lone, pull it out of you know where pick.  It was a Voyage Out selection, it’s on my shelf, and I want to read it.  Plus, with all the greatness on the back of the book, it’s hard to pass up. Ha,ha!

Winners are:

Cormac McCarthy

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

William Gay

Michael Crummey

Next round match-ups

Cormac McCarthy Vs. Michael Crummey

William Gay Vs. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Can’t wait.

Our next post will be written by Lindsey, and she doesn’t hand out hugs for free. Trust.


8 thoughts on “Voyage Out Tournament : Day 5

    • Lindsey, please don’t let my mother read that…she has been telling me for decades to stop writing like I talk. Maybe that is why I do so much technical writing….it is very hard for a southerner to talk technical!

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