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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 06 Nov 2017, 22:21

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Me too. The deal-breaker was that one pages-long sentence that just seemed to be begging for critics to call a 'bravura feat' or something. Give me break.

T'was a shame, as I love a lot of Chabon: The Yiddish Policeman's Union, The Wonder Boys, Kavalier & Clay, A Model World - all excellent.

This is the only one of his I've looked at, but perhaps I'll give one of those a go at some point.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Moleskin » 07 Nov 2017, 15:10

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I don't know how many of you are familiar with Baker's writing, but he specializes in the minutiae of daily life. This is, as I'm about a third of the way through, one of his best that I've read.


I read his first half dozen or so. Is this a particularly good one? I was put off by Vox and the Fermata, but enjoyed The Anthologist.
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Postby Moleskin » 07 Nov 2017, 15:14

Snarfyguy wrote:Me too. The deal-breaker was that one pages-long sentence that just seemed to be begging for critics to call it a 'bravura feat' or something. Give me break.


Have you read any Gabriel Garcia Marquez? That 'bravura feat' was accomplished decades ago.
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Postby Moleskin » 07 Nov 2017, 15:16

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The third of his I've read. I'm going through an Icelandic fiction phase.
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Moleskin wrote:Image (Not this edition)

The third of his I've read. I'm going through an Icelandic fiction phase.


I've got the Harvill edition of that, picked it up cheaply in Oxfam a while back, but it's still on my to-read pile. I liked The Atom Station a lot.

I went through a period a few years ago, after my first visit to Norway, of devouring everything by Knut Hamsun and Karl Ove Knausgård that I could get hold of.
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Re: New now reading

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I don't know how many of you are familiar with Baker's writing, but he specializes in the minutiae of daily life. This is, as I'm about a third of the way through, one of his best that I've read.


I read his first half dozen or so. Is this a particularly good one? I was put off by Vox and the Fermata, but enjoyed The Anthologist.


If you liked The Anthologist then I can pretty much guarantee you'll like this one.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Moleskin » 07 Nov 2017, 15:52

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Moleskin wrote:Image (Not this edition)

The third of his I've read. I'm going through an Icelandic fiction phase.


I've got the Harvill edition of that, picked it up cheaply in Oxfam a while back, but it's still on my to-read pile. I liked The Atom Station a lot.


Iceland's Bell is the one. Fantastic. I'll get back to you once I've read this. It seems to be reckoned his masterpiece.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Nov 2017, 15:00

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The blurbs on the cover are right. I'm really enjoying this.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Tactful Cactus » 11 Nov 2017, 11:55

Snarfyguy wrote:The blurbs on the cover are right. I'm really enjoying this.


I gave up halfway through -- it was very well pieced together and I enjoyed reading about 40's/50's London but as his character develops he's nothing much more than a colourful hanger-on. The people around him were far more interesting.


I've started into I, Claudius...confusing, a lot of names to get used to up-front but enjoying it after a few chapters in
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Re: New now reading

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I didn't enjoy that. Quit way before the end.

Me too. The deal-breaker was that one pages-long sentence that just seemed to be begging for critics to call it a 'bravura feat' or something. Give me break.

Well, I enjoyed it plenty, but it's undoubtedly an aimless mess of a novel. I enjoyed the prose, but there seem to be about 5 characters and two plotlines that could've been chopped, without anything being lost, because in the end they never went anywhere. The whole novel never seemed to go anywhere, really. That one-sentence chapter is a Steve Vai solo. You're meant to be impressed, he's got the chops, but it doesn't fit and it's very contrived.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 Nov 2017, 09:28

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Absolutely loving this. Ok, the plot is really a sequence of set-pieces, and I'm not really sure where some of the characters emerged from only to be killed (Jerry, Lew Yard, anyone?), but you'd have to be blind not to love the clipped-yet-florid prose.
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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Robert » 16 Nov 2017, 14:45

About one fourth in.Like nearly of of his work, a great great read.



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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie Cheddars » 19 Nov 2017, 15:01

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Re: New now reading

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A posthumous collection of otherwise uncollected short fiction, including some juvenilia. The better stuff doesn't disappoint and the rest is harmless and very brief.
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Re: New now reading

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Postby harvey k-tel » 05 Dec 2017, 17:31

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This is great. Interviews with original Life Magazine photographers who worked there in the early days when it was still a weekly. Incredibly, most of them make it sound like they just fell into the job by sheer luck. Some great anecdotes, though.
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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 06 Dec 2017, 01:20

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Watched it tonight - loved it! Those old photos of Didion are fantastic.

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Re: New now reading

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Just finished this audio. Remember that Tom Hanks movie about the guy who was stuck in the airport? This is about a gentleman, a real gentleman, a model of civility, stuck for almost his whole life in the Metropole Hotel in Moscow.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 08 Dec 2017, 17:51

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Laundry room score. Looking forward to spending some time with this.
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