Interview with Yuri Machkasov

I finished reading The Gray House, but I am not closing the book. From the day when Yuri Mackasov surprised us, readers, here, I knew I wanted to interview him about the book. As time passed, his presence, his help, proved indispensable, and the pangs to continue the conversation with him more acute. When I…

The Gray House, Week 10!

The picture of the House, I'm not sure it was specifically done with The Gray House in mind. I found it here, but I liked it. I am realizing I never included a picture of Tabaqui. I found this one by Angel T. This artist is amazing. So sad we can't know more about him/her.…

The Gray House, Week 9

  Drawing of watch and snake by this artist WEEK NINE Week 9 (pp. 605-670) Tabaqui Smoker WEEK 9 AUDIO: cuts 46 – 50 Tabaqui: I'm going to quote the opening paragraph: The days are wound tightly, like strings. Each tighter and higher than the one before it. I feel like I'm sitting on a string waiting for it…

The Gray House, Week 8

  The plastic bag image was found here. The mop picture was found here. We are coming to the end pages of the book. (I have already finished it, and I find myself in need of discussing this week and the last two, to see if among ourselves we can come to some conclusions, or discuss…

The Gray House, Week 7

The drawing of Sphinx as Grasshopper crying found here. Week 7 finds me without a lot of time to write the post. My narration may not be very complete, but I have both read and listened, and listened more than once, so I hope to be familiar with the things you all want to discuss…

The Gray House, Week 6

WEEK SIX Week 6 (pp. 368-445) The House: Interlude The Longest Night Isn't this picture magical? It is by our Amy, a friend I have known for many years but never met in person, one who is reading along with us all. This week, more of the girls show up. My other images are of…

The Gray House, Week 5

Drawing by this artist The photo is my backyard fence, with some editing that makes it look eerie, don't you think? Welcome to Week 5. The book is getting more and more intriguing. Today's section is: Week 5 (pp. 301-367) 23. The Confession of the Scarlet Dragon 30. Tabaqui: Day the Sixth Ch 23: Ralph visits…

The Gray House, Week 4

This week's section was the start of Book 2: Week 4: BOOK 2 (pp. 223-300) 18. Ralph: A Sideway’s Glance at Graffiti 22. Tabaqui: Day the Second By now we know Ralph is a counselor who has returned. Ralph is a nick, we don't know his real name, but we know that previously Smoker had…

The Gray House, Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of The Gray House. I admit I am hooked on this book. I cannot wait to carve time in my week to abscond myself and listen to it. I am currently at chapter 18 and it is getting to a crescendo. Pieces are starting to fall into place this week, and,…

The Gray House, Week 2

Welcome to week 2. This was the section for today. Week 2 (pp. 94-146) 8. The House: Interlude 12. The House: Interlude Chapter 8: There's rumors of a coup. Pompey, from 6, wants to become the next leader of 4, currently under Larry's rule. Tabaqui lets Smoker know in a pompous speech about Pompey and…

The Gray House, Week 1

Red sneakers drawing by neko-gato.deviantart.com. This is the artist gallery. Welcome to the first week discussion of The Gray House. I want to thank all of you who bought the book, who are willing to read along, and to even participate. On an impulse, I knew I wanted to read this book, and driving on that…

The Gray House Book Club

For all of you reading along, on Thursday June 1st, I'll publish a post discussing the first section to read, chapters 1 to 7 JUNE 1ST WEEK 1: 1 – 7   LISTENING TIME:   3 hours 52 min 39 sec it's up to you to start reading now, or in the coming weeks June has 5 Thursdays,…

Schedule for The Gray House

This is the schedule I've planned for our book club. I did it based on the chapters and duration that my audible gives me for this book. I've thought about having a 10 week schedule. But we may not do 10 weeks straight. Every Thursday, starting with Thursday June 1st, I'll post about the book.…

The Gray House Book Club (all posts)

Some months ago, I wrotpute about a book that hunted me ever since I heard about it in  a documentary about Russian authors.  SCHEDULE AND POSTS LINKS WEEK ONE Week 1: BOOK 1 (to pp.77) Intro (untitled) The Backyard: Interlude WEEK 1 AUDIO:  cuts 1 – 7 WEEK TWO Week 2 (pp. 94-146) 8. The House: Interlude 12. The…

A Reader’s Dream

I'm haunted by a book, and the house in it: the house of the others, the house of the suspended time, the house in which, the gray house. Ever since my friend Jeanne recommended me to watch this documentary I'm attaching below about Russian writers, I fell in love with a book by Mariam Petrosyan…