Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Mediterranean Wall by Louis-Philippe Dalembert - BOOK BEGINNINGS



Happily, the once-in-a-millennium "heat dome" over Portland cracked Monday and temperatures dropped about 50 degrees overnight, from a record-high 116 degrees to an overnight low of 65. You could watch the thermostat fall and hear windows flying up to catch the cool breeze. Lots of Portland houses, including mine, don't have air conditioning, so we don't like heat waves!

Now we are back to our typical summer, with days in the 70s or 80s and nights in the 50s. I love it. I can walk to work again. And I can read. When my house was so hot, all I could do was lie in front of the fan and watch Netflix. My brain was too hot to concentrate on a book.

I hope your weather is temperate and your book entertaining!

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From The Mediterranean Wall by Haitian author Louis-Philippe Dalembert, translated from French by Marjolijn de Jager (2021, Schaffner Press):

Night had just fallen on Sabratha when one of the jailers entered the warehouse.

Three women flee their homelands -- Nigeria, Somalia, and Syria. They are thrown together aboard a dilapidated refugee boat in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to get to Europe. Dalembert's new novel is based on true events of the summer of 2014, off the coast of Italy.


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From The Mediterranean Wall:
They covered two thousand five hundred kilometers, seven days and seven nights in the Sahara, under conditions that even camels would have a hard time coping with. Only one stop a day was allowed. 


  1. Glad to know you did okay in the heat. We suffered the same hot temperatures up here near Tacoma, but Portland was hotter still. Whew. Today was a relief.

  2. Sounds good! Have a great weekend!

  3. This looks really good - and different from anything else I've read.

  4. Sounds like a really interesting read! And I saw the temperatures rising and I got real concerned! When I lived in Shanghai at least I had an AC but we've already had some quite warm days here, like just over 30 degrees Celcius, and I didn't even know how to cope! Glad it's cooled down a bit and hopefully it stays the right kind of summer weather! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)

  5. Sounds interesting! Happy weekend!

  6. I'm late today. Maybe I should blame the heat here, although we are more used to 116 and have air conditioning. Glad you got a reprieve.

    As for your book, that is a harrowing trip. I hope they make it.

  7. I hope your temperatures continue to stay on the lower side. I live in an area where high temperatures are not surprising in the summer, but we are also better prepared for it given it's the norm here. I hope people were able to find ways to stay cool in the miserable heat.

    The Mediterranean Wall sounds really good. I hope you are enjoying it. Have a great week!


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