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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by holyzombiejesus » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:41 am

Has anyone read any Elena Ferrante? Keep having her recommended to me but evrythingform the cover to the synopsis puts me off.

Just read my first Kent Haruf book (Plainsong), it was great. A tiny bit schmaltzy and the female characters are generally 2 dimensional but a lovely read anyway.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by bowliekid94 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:07 am

I'm currently reading 'Voyage au bout de la nuite' by L.F. Céline.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by this clump of trees » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:11 pm

bowliekid94 wrote:I'm currently reading 'Voyage au bout de la nuite' by L.F. Céline.
thats a good book.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by bowliekid94 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:24 am

this clump of trees wrote:
bowliekid94 wrote:I'm currently reading 'Voyage au bout de la nuite' by L.F. Céline.
thats a good book.
Innit? I'm around page 250 out of +500, and it's by far one of the best books I've ever read :)

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Post by This Is Helena » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:00 pm

Orson Welles the road to Xanadu by Simon Callow.
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Post by noLooking » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:22 pm

I'm finding this quite reassuring, though I'm never really sure how much of a natural introvert I am. I suspect the fact that I think about it at all means probably 'quite a lot'.

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Post by islandhopper » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:58 pm

andyi wrote:I'm finding this quite reassuring, though I'm never really sure how much of a natural introvert I am. I suspect the fact that I think about it at all means probably 'quite a lot'.

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I'm very much an introvert so I was quite excited about this book but didn't find I really got all that much out of it.

I'm currently reading A Brief History of Seven Killings which is great in parts but I'm finding the long sections written in Jamaican patois quite hard work.

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Post by noLooking » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:18 pm

islandhopper wrote:I'm very much an introvert so I was quite excited about this book but didn't find I really got all that much out of it.
It could be better I think, it comes across as a bit self-help and sciencey, rather than the more philosophical approach that I was expecting. But it made me ask interesting questions about myself, in terms of how much introverts are born or made and how much my circumstances contribute to the way I am and how I live.

Basically I've used it to obsess about myself and largely ignored the book itself, so that's all good.

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Post by Philip Marlow » Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:34 am

First post ever! And if you're excited...Oh dear.

Gradually working my way through Martha Gellhorn's collection The Face of War. She's alarmingly underappreciated,being Ernest Hemingway's ex wife; but by gods she wrote far better than he did about war (amusingly enough, given his lifelong preoccupation with his own masculinity.)

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Post by Michael Quentin » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:09 am

I just read 1967 by Stuart Maconie, which is mainly about Detroit and Motown over a twelve month period. It's pretty good. Ironically enough my next read is 1966 by Jon Savage. And inbetweentimes I'm reading Doctor Strange, which is a pretty ace comic right now.

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Post by noLooking » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:36 pm

Philip Marlow wrote:First post ever! And if you're excited...Oh dear.

Gradually working my way through Martha Gellhorn's collection The Face of War. She's alarmingly underappreciated,being Ernest Hemingway's ex wife; but by gods she wrote far better than he did about war (amusingly enough, given his lifelong preoccupation with his own masculinity.)
Welcome Philip! Hemingway's horribly overrated isn't he. I always thought it was just me.

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Post by Philip Marlow » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:30 pm

andyi wrote: Welcome Philip! Hemingway's horribly overrated isn't he. I always thought it was just me.
Not just you, not by a long way. Although, if I'm honest, I have mixed feelings about Papa's fall from literary grace. I suspect it has as much to do with the hard-drinking, hairy-chested, silverback self-image he was projecting (long before his own hair went grey mind you) as it has to do with anything he actually put down on paper. Which feels wrong, whatever my own tastes. You can be a ludicrous character and still write well.

Still on the Gellhorn. She's very good. This is the opening of a report she wrote from Germany, in 1945, after the allies had gone in and occupied the place
No one is a Nazi. No one ever was. There may have been some Nazis in the next village, and as a matter of fact, that town about twenty kilometres away was a veritable hotbed of Nazidom. To tell you the truth, confidentially there were a lot of Communists here. We were always known as very Red. Oh, the Jews? Well, there weren't really very many Jews in this neighborhood. Two maybe, maybe six. They were taken away. I hid a Jew for six weeks. I hid a Jew for eight weeks. (I hid a Jew, he hid a Jew, all God's chillun hid Jews.) We have nothing against the Jews; we always got on well with them. We have waited for the Americans a long time. You came and liberated us. You came to befriend us. The Nazis are Schweinhunde. The Wehrmacht wants to give up but they do not know how. No, I have no relatives in the army. Nor I. No, I was never in the army. I worked on the land. I worked in a factory. That boy wasn't in the army either; he was sick. We have had enough of this government. Ah, how we have suffered. The bombs. We lived in the cellars for weeks. We refused to be driven across the Rhine when the SS came to evacuate us. Why should we go? We welcome the Americans. We do not fear them; we have no reason to fear. We have done nothing wrong; we are not Nazis.
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It should, we feel, be set to music.
Now that's scorn, wielded as a weapon.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Cloudy Cat » Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:48 am

[quote="bowliekid94"]I'm currently reading 'Voyage au bout de la nuite' by L.F. Céline.[/quote

Possibly my favourite book of all time.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Cloudy Cat » Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:54 am

[quote="holyzombiejesus"]Has anyone read any Elena Ferrante? Keep having her recommended to me but evrythingform the cover to the synopsis puts me off.

Yes, I read Troubling Love. Which I enjoyed enough to investigate her other work. My wife is currently reading the Neapolitan novels. I think she was slightly underwhelmed but was intrigued enough to insist I get her book 2 before she forgot all the characters from book 1. It remains on the living room table, where it's been for a week, untouched.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Philip Marlow » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:43 pm

Onto this

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One of those Penguin Little Black Classics I seemed to pick up three or four of every time I passed through the Foyles on Waterloo station. Not sure what to make of it really; a mixture of poetry and written sketches from the Galapagos Islands. He seems to sense some ancient, terrible malignancy in the giant tortoise. Then he confesses to feeling much better after eating one.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by michael » Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:14 am

"Nairn's London" by Ian Nairn. This is mentioned in one of the voiceovers at the beginning of the "Finisterre" film, just as the day in the city is starting out, and that's where I first heard about it. It was originally published in 1966 and when I saw "Finisterre" I think it had been out of print for a while. I don't recall any New Zealand library having a copy. It was republished a couple of years ago though and I just noticed it on the shelves.

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I always like the photographs in the middle of books like this. Here's some of what he has to say about Barking Station,

"A cranked concrete canopy is continued inside as the roof of the tall luminous booking hall. It draws you in, where most stations repel. From there heavy concrete roof beams carry you through to the platforms. Easy, straightforward, wonderfully free from arty affectation, the perfect building to represent a modernized railway system."

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Michael Quentin » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:35 am

Apologies for cutting into a reading thread with some watching, but michael, if you are able to access BBC I-Player, Nairn Across Britain is an absolute treat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p01q1km2

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by michael » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:44 am

Thanks, I'll try and have a look at that.

The republished "Nairn's London" has an afterword that mentions the films he made for the BBC. One of the others is "Nairn's Journeys - Football Towns", which sounds like it could be good as well.

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Post by Michael Quentin » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:02 pm

michael wrote:Thanks, I'll try and have a look at that.

The republished "Nairn's London" has an afterword that mentions the films he made for the BBC. One of the others is "Nairn's Journeys - Football Towns", which sounds like it could be good as well.
Well spotted. There are some of them on YouTube





And to get the thread back on topic, I'm about to read The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth by Katherine Woodfine. It's a young persons' book written by an old work colleague who has tremendous taste in that kind of thing.

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