Three Apples Fell From The Sky

I just finished reading Three Apples Fell From the Sky by Narine Abgaryan. My thanks go to Elisabeth Van Der Meer, from the blog, A Russian Affair, who recommended this book. Serendipity seems to bring books to me at the right time. From beginning to end, this book was an absolute joy.

Amazon’s overview provides a great introduction to the narrative, but it is in the reading that the lives of the villagers come alive, their stories tumbling from the pages into my life.

In an isolated village high in the Armenian mountains, a close-knit community bickers, gossips and laughs. Their only connection to the outside world is an ancient telegraph wire and a perilous mountain road that even goats struggle to navigate.

As they go about their daily lives – harvesting crops, making baklava, tidying houses – the villagers sustain one another through good times and bad. But sometimes all it takes is a spark of romance to turn life on its head, and a plot to bring two of Maran’s most stubbornly single residents together soon gives the village something new to gossip about…

Elisabeth Van Der Meer & Dave Astor on Why Should We Read the Books We Do Not Want to Read Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

31 Replies to “Three Apples Fell From The Sky”

  1. I saw the podcast was included in this post, Rebecca. It was very interesting to listen to Elizabeth and Dave’s thought about books and reading. Like Elizabeth I have always read and I can’t imagine my life without them. I think this lockdown pandemic period would have been very different for me if I wasn’t a reader. I have derived so much comfort from reading and blogging over the past 18 months.

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  2. You look so lovely in this video, Rebecca. This book has a very appealing first line and I am looking forward to the podcast. It is very rare that I don’t want to read a book. In fact, I want to read so many books I have 900 on my TBR. Every book I want, I buy and I am always reading.

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    1. Robbie – thank you so much for your comments and visits. You always give me a lift for the day, especially knowing that your stack of books has moved beyond ceiling level. Sending many many hugs your way!

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  3. I have downloaded a copy of Three Apples and also The Aspern Papers – they both sound great! I loved listening to the three of you sharing reading stories and thoughts. Wonderful 👏🏻🌸💕

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    1. You will enjoy both books, Liz! I had never read Henry James before. Dave’s suggestion of The Aspern Papers was an excellent introduction. There is an movie adaptation with Vanessa Redgrave (I do love her) and her daughter Joely Kim Richardson, which I have never seen, but from the trailer seems to add a bit a drama. https://youtu.be/NssUm89BXII

      “Three Apples” was my first novel in translation. It was an amazing way to be launched – thank you Elisabeth. I know you will enjoy this heartwarming story, Liz.

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      1. Thank you Becky – that trailer looks amazing! The Redgraves are such an amazing acting family, aren’t they. X

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      2. The Redgrave Family is a brilliant acting dynasty. I did not know until I looked up this trailer that Joely Richardson was Vanessa’s daughter. I continue to learn.

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  4. Thank you to the three of you for this inspiring, encouraging, educational and challenging conversation. It was profitable in every way. There was mention of being outside a comfort zone which drives us, in a way, to dare to look into new writings and books. I remember some decades ago when I first attempted to read Russian literature, the stories themselves were challenging and amazing, making me determine to finish them, even though they were far from my comfort zone, I still profit from the experiences. Thank you to all three of you for your kind words, I feel encouraged to read those things which you discussed, for to me, they are challenging. I have Three Apples Feel from the Tree written down in a safe place with the author. That is my next read

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    1. I am delighted you listened in to this podcast. You will enjoy Three Apples Feel From the Sky. There was so much love that came through, even in the most difficult of times. I will be rereading it again. You have always inspired me with your reading, Frances. You dare to read books that challenge our beliefs and values. I am heading into a readalong – so stay tuned for more. The only hint I will give you is that the book is by a Russian author! Hugs!

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  5. I got a kick out the image of Elisabeth poring over her bookcase and Rebecca scurrying across the internet to be able to contribute to the conversation on Dave’s blog. I do both as well! Listening to the three of you discuss the many facets of reading literature prompted the memory of one of the absolute joys of my college education, which was developing the ability to read fiction on three different levels: story, interpretation, and craft. I started with reading for story and character, as I always had; then I learned to read for interpretation, and then for craft. Then the day came when I realized that I had developed the ability to read on all three levels simultaneously. What a thrill!! I’ll never forget it. I remember exactly where I was: sitting in the hand-me-down Morris chair in the little house on Phelps Place with the blue and white wallpaper and the sun shining through white net curtains.

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    1. Liz – this would be an excellent podcast discussion. I would like to have you expand upon the three different levels of reading. Will be in touch.

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    2. Wow — what a wonderful recollection, Liz, of when reading on three levels simultaneously kicked in! About as enjoyable a comment as one will see. 🙂

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    3. Thank you, Rebecca, for the shout-out! The little saying at the beginning of Three Apples says it all; you know that this is going to be a wonderful story in the old tradition of story telling. You expect tradition, superstitions and mystery. And it certainly delivered, a great discovery and a huge joy to read. I’m so happy to hear that I have inspired you and through you others to read this treasure.

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      1. This is Frances’s next read!!! I believe that storytelling engenders feelings of belong, and allows us to reflect upon our personal stories.

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    4. I do love poring over my bookcase, and I always have 😉 What a gift to be able to read on three levels – could it be one for the storyteller, one for the listener and one for the eavesdropper? (Couldn’t resist! 😉)

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  6. “Three Apples Fell From the Sky” is definitely on my to-read list, Rebecca. And your blog posts, videos, and podcasts are always on my to-read/watch/listen to lists. 🙂

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    1. I know you will enjoy 3 Apples. Sometimes books come at the right time as if by magic. Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments. Your encouragement of TTT has invigorated Don and me from the very beginning when we first started out. I’m so excited by our most recent podcast. Don can hardly wait to get back to post-production. He is on the road to recovery!

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      1. I agree with you and Dave; this is good news indeed! Maybe it’s time during your heat wave to revisit some of those Russian novels with lots of snow and ice, which Elizabeth so wonderfully analyzes for us. 🙂

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      2. The heat is heating up!! We are drinking lots of water, and staying indoors. This news came from Edmonton, which is well-known for its cold winter climate. (Canadians are not used to this kind of heat, especially in the North West Territories. Canadians knows how to drive in winter conditions, but this week, we are learning how to deal with heat wave.) https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/headshaking-heat-wave-set-to-shatter-high-temperature-records-in-western-canada-1.5487110

        “EDMONTON — Much of British Columbia, Alberta and parts of Yukon and the Northwest Territories are sweltering under a “heat dome” that is set to shatter historic high-temperature records over the next week. Three provinces, including B.C., Alberta, and parts of western Saskatchewan, as well as two territories are under heat warnings this weekend, with temperatures set to soar above 40 C in many regions of B.C. Parts of northern Alberta may also see temperatures near the 40 C mark by next week, including Fort McMurray, which is predicted to reach an unheard 37 C by Tuesday. It’s a record-clobbering kind of heat wave that has surprised many, even Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips.”

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      1. Thank you Elisabeth. Your support and encouragement has been life-affirming. Thank you for “Three Apples” – it came at a pivotal moment of decision for me. This story reminded me that miracles do occur more frequently than I imagined.

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