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Need to Pick Up The Pickup

Earlier I said I would be expanding my reading to include some of the award winning works that are about. I just finished reading The Pickup by the late Nadine Gordimer of South Africa. She won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature and I can see why. .  This book I did not inhale like a cold Coke on a hot summer day but rather chewed on it slowly like an exotic dish savoring its texture, aroma, and flavors.

Nadine Gordimer wrote a story very rich with the minutiae of life like the beads of sweat rolling off the cold beer sitting on the dirty bar table, but she overlooks other facts like what is the name of her main character for many pages.   Her writing style is unique, almost like having a narrator telling you what is happening. The structure of the sentences is more complex than commonly seen in American literature, which is refreshing.

 The Pickup is about a well to do  but naive South African caucasian woman who sees something special in a soft-spoken illegal immigrant Arab grease monkey.  Reluctantly they fall in love, face the dread of all young couples of meeting the family, then move away to face the troubles of the adult world. The novel ends before their story does, the reader is left to wonder “what will happen next?”

 The Pickup looks at friends and family, laws and justice, being the insider and being the outsider, religion’s role in life, and the hope for a better tomorrow cause the grass is always greener …. away from the desert.

I recommend The Pickup for someone who wants a book to savor.At its heart, the novel is a romance told by a sociologist,  not too mushy and full of realism and social awareness.  Not a light read


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2014 Ursa Major Literary awards

Best Motion Picture

Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.

Furry Force (CollegeHumor and Smiley Guy Studios, parts 1 and 2)

Best Novel
Written works of 40,000 words or more.

Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis. (FurPlanet Productions)

Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short written works.

When a Cat Loves a Dog, by Mary E. Lowd. (in Five Fortunes, FurPlanet Productions,)

Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and serialized online stories.

Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. (graphic novel, English version, Dark Horse Press)

Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, (IDW Publishing, issue 15 to 26)

Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.

Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet)

Best Magazine
Edited collections of creative and/or informational works by various people, professional or amateur, published in print or online in written, pictorial or audio-visual form.

In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley (Internet)

Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.

Cover of Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book by SabretoothedErmine

Best Game
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Developer: Game Freak)

Best Website
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.

FurAffinity (furry art specialty site)


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