"Men of few words are the best men." - William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene II

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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From Wikipedia:

"HHhH is the debut novel of French author Laurent Binet. It recounts Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during World War II. It was awarded the 2010 Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman.  

The novel follows the history of the operation and the life of its protagonists – Heydrich and his assassins Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš. But is also interlaced with the author's account of the process of researching and writing the book, his commentary about other literary and media treatments of the subject, and reflections about the extent to which the behavior of real people may of necessity be fictionalised in a historical novel.

The title is an acronym for Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich ("Himmler's brain is called Heydrich"), a quip about Heydrich said to have circulated in Nazi Germany."

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In many ways, the QMBC can be compared to a lengthy, heated argument between drinking buddies. Often out of sheer frustration, one side resorts to calling the other a Nazi and automatically loses the argument. However, it appears that the exact opposite is true for QMBC book nominations, if one is frustrated by the  book nomination process then the suggestion of a contrarian-elitist literary trip to Nazi-town and you are away in a hack, Jack.

What will the liter-Aryan supermen of the QMBC make of their first visit to Nazi-town? Who knows, only time will tell meine Damen und Herren.

Monday, May 7, 2012

QMBC XV : Bel Ami


Bel Ami 
Guy De Maupassant

Venue: Bellamy's Public House, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Date: Monday 7th May 2012

One Sentence Summaries

McGavin: "A lot more gee than just the author's name!"

Clay: McGavin +1

Webb: "Cor Belami Guvnor, George Duroy doesn't have get around!"

McCarthy: Abstained

Syme: "The translator's efforts may have cause some subtleties to Maupass' me by"

Jameson: "This guy can cup my balls!"

The Scores

Whitby Syme:
Plot - 13/20
Execution - 13/20
Characters - 12/20
Food for thought - 5/10
Extra points - 6/13
Total: 49/83

Tiger McGavin:
Action - 7/13
Well Writteness - 11/13
Sexiness - 5/8
Quincey Morrisness - 5/10
Interestingness - 15/17
Unputdownableness - 17/22
Total: 60/83

Carl Jameson:
Well Writteness - 10/20
Quincey Morrisness - 11/20
Interestingness - 11/20
Food for thought - 11/23
Total: 43/83

Atticus McCarthy:
Interestingness - 11/15
Quincey Morrisness - 11/15
Action-ness - 6/10
Execution - 16/20
Unputdownableness - 6/10
Discussability - 9/13
Total: 59/83

William Clay:

Quincey Morrisness - 3/16
Action-ness - 5/15
Accurate Translation-ness - 15/15
Interestingness - 10/15
Unputdownableness - 6/7

Total: 39/83

Mycroft Webb:

Action - 8/15
Well Writteness - 12/15
Quincey Morrisness - 15/16
Interestingness - 11/15
Unputdownableness - 16/22
Total: 62/83

Average for Bel-Ami: 52.00


Flashman by George McDonald Fraser 

Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

Where Rivers Change Direction by Mark Spragg

HHhH by Laurence Binet

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregellis

C by Tom McCarthy
Schopenhauer's Telescope by Gerard Donovan

The Voting