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Re: New now reading

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 25 May 2017, 20:48

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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 25 May 2017, 21:13

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Minnie the Minx wrote:Italo Calvino - Marcovaldo

I came really late to Calvino, and was dumbfounded by the glory of 'Baron in the Trees' and 'Difficult Loves'.
'Marcovaldo' contains a couple of dozen tiny stories, each one about four or five pages long, and each a beautiful, tiny vignette. He is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors - if not my favourite.

Have you read his If On a Winter's Night, A Traveler...?

I can't recommend it enough. In fact, I want to read it again RIGHT NOW.


Weirdly, it's the only one I couldn't get with! And I tried. I just didn't like it.
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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 26 May 2017, 11:23

Scenes in America Deserta – Reyner Banham

It’s an English architectural critic’s account of his travels in the Mojave desert and environs, where buildings are very scarce indeed. He finds them though.

Zzyzx is a wonderful name for a dusty desert town. Sounds like a fly being electrocuted!

I can’t find a decent pic of the edition I’m reading, which is a pity as it’s great: paperback, with a small colour photo of a desert skyline set on a white background – it’s very LP-cover. In the foreground of the photo is a small, lonely tree which is lying down and looks dead, except its branches have traced a full circle in the dust below it. I’ve no idea what’s going on here and am hoping Banham will explain.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 26 May 2017, 14:19

Minnie the Minx wrote:
Snarfyguy wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:Italo Calvino - Marcovaldo

I came really late to Calvino, and was dumbfounded by the glory of 'Baron in the Trees' and 'Difficult Loves'.
'Marcovaldo' contains a couple of dozen tiny stories, each one about four or five pages long, and each a beautiful, tiny vignette. He is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors - if not my favourite.

Have you read his If On a Winter's Night, A Traveler...?

I can't recommend it enough. In fact, I want to read it again RIGHT NOW.


Weirdly, it's the only one I couldn't get with! And I tried. I just didn't like it.

Oh well! :)
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 May 2017, 14:30

I'll give it another go :D
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Re: New now reading

Postby hippopotamus » 26 May 2017, 20:51

Minnie the Minx wrote:Italo Calvino - Marcovaldo

I came really late to Calvino, and was dumbfounded by the glory of 'Baron in the Trees' and 'Difficult Loves'.
'Marcovaldo' contains a couple of dozen tiny stories, each one about four or five pages long, and each a beautiful, tiny vignette. He is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors - if not my favourite.



You've completely sold me, I'm going to look out for that. I've never even heard of Calvino.
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Re: New now reading

Postby hippopotamus » 26 May 2017, 20:52

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It's taking me so long to read this, even though it's so short.

I like all the Irishness, but it's just VERY Irish.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 26 May 2017, 20:54

hippopotamus wrote:
Minnie the Minx wrote:Italo Calvino - Marcovaldo

I came really late to Calvino, and was dumbfounded by the glory of 'Baron in the Trees' and 'Difficult Loves'.
'Marcovaldo' contains a couple of dozen tiny stories, each one about four or five pages long, and each a beautiful, tiny vignette. He is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors - if not my favourite.



You've completely sold me, I'm going to look out for that. I've never even heard of Calvino.


Good! He's fabulous!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 28 May 2017, 10:21

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This is terrific - the sort of hybrid memoir/metanovel that the French seem to do better than anyone else.

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Re: New now reading

Postby LeBaron » 28 May 2017, 16:54

Just finished Pride and Prejudice after a long reading break and am moving on to Mansfield Park. I don't think these will ever be my very favorite books, but I have really enjoyed reading them so far.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 30 May 2017, 14:13

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Superb! Really enjoyable and quite a page turner.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 31 May 2017, 09:02

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All this talk of Corbyn and his IRAness or otherwise has made me revisit this tome.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Velvis » 02 Jun 2017, 04:12

I'm reading some Greg Iles. Liking it.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 03 Jun 2017, 19:29

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Brilliant.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Jun 2017, 13:05

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 16 Jun 2017, 18:07

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I don't have any particular interest in the topic, but the writing is good enough so it doesn't matter.
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Re: New now reading

Postby K » 16 Jun 2017, 18:49

Deebank wrote:Just started this:

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It is already proving very interesting. I told the JWs that visited on Saturday that Homo Sapiens was once one of six species of homos (no sniggering) co-habiting on planet earth - they were unclear as to whether there were any Neanderthals in heaven. I then got on to the subject of potential extra-terrestrial life.. but that's another story.


Reading this at the moment. Enjoyable. Homo Deus next on the pile.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 21 Jun 2017, 08:33

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Fathers Day present, actually picked out by Tom, which is a first (I also got chocolates, beer, a t-shirt and a pot noodle).
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Re: New now reading

Postby Fonz » 21 Jun 2017, 10:53

I've just started the Rebus books again

Also reading Jimmy Carl Black's memoirs.
Heyyyy!

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 26 Jun 2017, 20:10

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