New now reading

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 12 Oct 2017, 16:56

^ I'd like to see that. "Only on netflix" - does that mean... yes, I suppose it does.

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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby hippopotamus » 14 Oct 2017, 22:07

I got this as an audiobook yesterday because so many people had recommended it to me

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It's not, by any means, great literature... but I can hardly complain too much as i'm 10 chapters in already.
It's also as if someone was narrating my life. It's a bit eerie. It also fascinates me that this is something people would like to read about... it's Exactly my life, and several of the anecdotes have actually happened to me almost verbatim. I do think it's a worthwhile thing to have published with the intention of giving people a very honest look into the inner workings of the NHS. I guess people don't really know how it works. I'm considering making all my friends and family read it so that they finally understand what I'm talking about all the time

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I'm reading another book that looks exactly like this, and thereofre is a little bit less portable, but more real.

IT's a memoir of J M Barrie, originally published just for friends and family. I absolutely love it. I absolutely love him.
It's such a lovely thing.

Each chapter begins with one of his earlier articles he published as a free-lance journalist, and then finishes with how he came to write it, where he was in life when he wrote it, and what it was like to be so full of ambition, young and eager to please.

The books aren't Entirely dissimilar, I notice on reflection... though written about an age more than 100 years apart.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Copehead » 14 Oct 2017, 22:19

Just finished: How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb
Very funny and quite heartbreaking in places, the story of how he grew up in rural Lincolnshire and his thoughts on masculinity and patriarchy.

He imagines the construct of British masculinity as Frankenstein's monster that has Herr Doktor bent over and is fucking him while the good Doktor says " I'm OK, honestly I'm fine"
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 15 Oct 2017, 07:16

^^^ Might have to skip that one.

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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 15 Oct 2017, 13:15

Fisher was a fine writer, his other books are very worthwhile.
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » Today, 11:07

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Re: New now reading

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kewl klive wrote:https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/17/man-booker-prize-2017-second-american-author-george-saunders-lincoln-in-the-bardo

Yay!


I read it over the weekend, a splendid book.

A tad short though, for a Booker winner? Its 300-odd pages are really only about 100 given that there is so much blank space (it's laid out as a series of quotations and citations).
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » Today, 11:17

It took me a while to get into it. The audiobook is really good too, a cast of thousands

https://www.wired.com/2017/02/george-sa ... audiobook/

Pastoralia blew my mind.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » Today, 11:52

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Pah, forget the booker, some of us only read Nobel prize winners. *Picks up Dylan album liner notes, looks puzzled*
Saving my holier-than-thou nonsense for a more deserving cause since '82