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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:26

Agreed - although Goodnight Steve McQueen's repeated use of the phrase 'tuck in' did irk me slightly. She's not great, not terrible. Just a fun read. And that'll do. Defo worth a go, like.

All the review segments on the back of her books seem to come from Glamour or Cosmo though, which a small part of my brain keeps telling me is rubbish. Why?
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Tea Cozy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:52

Reading Never the Bride by Paul Magrs. Its about a town and monsters, and thats all i know. It was given to me. Last night i finished The Book Thief, and it was so horrible, i just cried and cried at the end of it.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Wed Nov 12, 2008 13:37

Has anyone read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson? I was in a bookshop on Monday and it was calling me from the shelf for some reason. I couldn't remember if someone had recommended it to me or what. Anyway, I started reading it yesterday and it was depressing the hell out of me for a bit but the more I get into it the more I see that it's one of the most amazingly written books I've ever read.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Martijn » Wed Nov 12, 2008 14:33

crystalball wrote:Has anyone read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson? I was in a bookshop on Monday and it was calling me from the shelf for some reason. I couldn't remember if someone had recommended it to me or what. Anyway, I started reading it yesterday and it was depressing the hell out of me for a bit but the more I get into it the more I see that it's one of the most amazingly written books I've ever read.
DimitraDaisy to thread!

(It is brilliant, it really is. It's one of these books that make you believe it isn't fiction, just because nobody can write such fiction.)

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Damian » Wed Nov 12, 2008 15:53

What book should I read next?

I've got
'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
'Ballad Of The Sad Cafe - Carson Mccullers
'Lucky Jim' - Kingsley Amis
A very large collection of William Trevor short stories
'The Waves' by Virginia Woolf

and some David Sedaris that I forget the name of. That family one.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by DimitraDaisy » Wed Nov 12, 2008 17:11

crystalball wrote:Has anyone read Gilead by Marilynne Robinson? I was in a bookshop on Monday and it was calling me from the shelf for some reason. I couldn't remember if someone had recommended it to me or what. Anyway, I started reading it yesterday and it was depressing the hell out of me for a bit but the more I get into it the more I see that it's one of the most amazingly written books I've ever read.
Why was it depressing you, Marianthi? But anyway, you are absolutely right, I think it may well be the most amazing book I've ever read. It's just so beautiful, and so right. The first time I read it I dog-eared every other page, and then gave it away to someone as soon as I'd finished it, because I couldn't wait to share it. Then I bought it again and read it again, trying to underline every sentence that meant something to me — but there's just too many.

I might write more eloquently about this later...
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Nov 12, 2008 17:28

Damian wrote:What book should I read next?

'Ballad Of The Sad Cafe - Carson Mccullers
this one. deffo.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:28

DimitraDaisy wrote:Why was it depressing you, Marianthi?
I'm not very good with death and it starts off a bit grimly, doesn't it? But that's what I really enjoy about it: the way it so effortessly slips from melancholy to sweetness, and from abstract theological discussions to funny anecdotes. It's wonderful.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by cuppie » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:33

I'm reading High Fidelity and it's one of the goddamn funniest books I've ever read. I enjoyed the movie very much but the book is much funnier. It's also darker in a way too, because you're all up in the inner inside bits of an extremely typical man's brain. It's a scary thing. I hope it's all fictional.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by bartblueboy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 08:25

Have just finished "the ballad of the sad café" myself. I love Carson McCullers, especially "member of the wedding" which is one of my favourite books ever ! "Reflections in a golden eye" and "the heart is a lonely hunter" are fantastic too !

Have just started in the Jon McGregor book you lot have all been raving about and although I have only read about 20 pages yet, I've got a feeling it is going to be a fantastic read. It is so wonderfully written. It unfolds like a film ...
Thank you all so much for pointing me in the right direction !

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 09:15

bartblueboy wrote:Have just started in the Jon McGregor book you lot have all been raving about and although I have only read about 20 pages yet, I've got a feeling it is going to be a fantastic read. It is so wonderfully written. It unfolds like a film ...
It does unfold like a film, doesn't it? And I seem to have issues with books doing that... I did like the book overall, though, and Martijn swears it is the best book he's ever read. Or something.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by DimitraDaisy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 09:20

crystalball wrote:I'm not very good with death and it starts off a bit grimly, doesn't it? But that's what I really enjoy about it: the way it so effortessly slips from melancholy to sweetness, and from abstract theological discussions to funny anecdotes. It's wonderful.
I don't know. I mean I don't know if I would say it starts off a bit grimly, I was delighted by the start myself -- I loved the way it was open and honest and matter-of-fact and calm about it all. Willing to consider it and think and talk about it. The maturity and the pure goodness of the main character sooth my heart, they do. And I was amazed by how much I agreed with his theology, when it comes from such a different place from mine.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by bartblueboy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 15:04

Will have to get that "Gilead" book too. Ooh, I'm getting so excited about reading again, and it is all thanks to you lot !

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Dmanuel » Mon Nov 17, 2008 08:34

I'm reading the book that the russian journalist Anna Politkovskaja had finished just before she was murdered. It doesn't seem to be translated into english though, or am I wrong?! Otherwise I guess it's called "Russian Diary", because that's what it's called in swedish ("Rysk Dagbok").

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Martijn » Tue Nov 18, 2008 13:12

bartblueboy wrote:Have just started in the Jon McGregor book you lot have all been raving about and although I have only read about 20 pages yet, I've got a feeling it is going to be a fantastic read. It is so wonderfully written. It unfolds like a film ...
It does I think, though that's not why I like it so much. I'm not really into films and I would say that for me the plot is the least interesting part of the book; it is the beautiful prose that makes this book so wonderful, as well as the descriptions of all the people, of their small lives and all the little yet important details.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by JohaN » Tue Nov 18, 2008 19:43

i must pick up the mcgregors sometime - i've been ogling them for a while, because they've got the type of titles that i really like, and they both have beautiful jackets too: it's nice to get affirmation that the insides match!
has anyone read the new marilynne robinson ("home") yet? and what did you think?

i have, meanwhile, got my mitts on some more brautigan - the mifflin 3-in-1 with "confederate general from big sur" (which i thought was great, and would be a fantastic intorduction to him), "dreaming of babylon" (which was pleasant but nothing special... though it's also one which reminds you that and why murakami is a brautigan fan) and "hawkline monster" (which i've just started)
at the moment, brautigan is far and away my favourite writer - i get excited about the prospect of reading one i haven't read before in a way i get excited about very few other writers!
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Nov 18, 2008 19:46

JohaN wrote:has anyone read the new marilynne robinson ("home") yet? and what did you think?
Oh my god! There's a new one! Amazon, here I come!
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Cedric » Wed Nov 19, 2008 09:06

At the moment I'm reading a book called 'Existentialism: A Guide for the Perplexed'.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 09:33

Cedric! i thought you were dead.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by tall shaun » Wed Nov 19, 2008 14:52

ive just started 'the easter parade' by richard yates. ive already caned 'revolutionary road' and 'eleven types of lonliness'. this could be start of a beautiful relationship.
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