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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Jan 2017, 18:49

It's a long time since I read any Hemingway and I just finished The Sun Also Rises. I've unearthed a load more in the bookcase, that's all the next reading for the next few weeks.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Fonz » 24 Jan 2017, 11:25

Minnie Cheddars wrote:It's a long time since I read any Hemingway and I just finished The Sun Also Rises. I've unearthed a load more in the bookcase, that's all the next reading for the next few weeks.


'Death in the Afternoon' is a strange one. I am anti-bloodsports, but found the book, and pictures , fascinating in the extreme.
Worth reading to give some context to certain aspects of Spanish culture.

A well written book.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 25 Jan 2017, 13:59

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Minnie Cheddars wrote:It's a long time since I read any Hemingway and I just finished The Sun Also Rises. I've unearthed a load more in the bookcase, that's all the next reading for the next few weeks.


'Death in the Afternoon' is a strange one. I am anti-bloodsports, but found the book, and pictures , fascinating in the extreme.
Worth reading to give some context to certain aspects of Spanish culture.

A well written book.


Funny you should mention. I was thinking last night about how the beauty of the writing about bullfighting doesn't detract from the horror. I'm just talking about the scenes from The Sun Also Rises too. I may give DITA a miss.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Goat Boy » 25 Jan 2017, 14:04

Confederacy of Dunces

This is right up my street. Easy to read and follow and laugh out loud funny
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 25 Jan 2017, 14:15

Goat Boy wrote:Confederacy of Dunces

This is right up my street. Easy to read and follow and laugh out loud funny


Yeah, it's wonderful.
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 25 Jan 2017, 17:06

Here's the article by Greil Marcus that hipped me to "Confederacy..."

https://greilmarcus.net/2014/07/02/unde ... row-82180/
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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 25 Jan 2017, 17:10

And, on BCB advice (Pig Bodine?) this is fucking great too, not a million miles away from yer Ignatious

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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 25 Jan 2017, 17:10

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Re: New now reading

Postby kath » 25 Jan 2017, 17:12

Minnie Cheddars wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:Confederacy of Dunces

This is right up my street. Easy to read and follow and laugh out loud funny


Yeah, it's wonderful.


i love it, too.

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Re: New now reading

Postby fire and fueryIre » 26 Jan 2017, 08:33

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Re: New now reading

Postby fire and fueryIre » 26 Jan 2017, 08:34

Goat Boy wrote:Confederacy of Dunces

This is right up my street. Easy to read and follow and laugh out loud funny







Remember reading this when it came out in the early 80s. Very sad story about the author who iirc topped himself after failing to find a publisher. That it ever saw the light of day was down to shameless lobbying by his elderly mother
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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 30 Jan 2017, 13:37

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I’ve just finished this. It reminded me a lot of A Confederacy of Dunces – in a good way, of course. Both books have itinerant idealists as their hero, Ignatius with his hot dogs and Mevlut a drink called boza. And both ultimately come from Don Quijote, I think. It’s a sprawling multi-generational pot-boiler that centres around the lives of a family who move to Istanbul from a village in Anatolia in the 1960s. Mevlut sees his cousins and uncles go up in the world thanks to graft and deceit, but Mevlut himself can’t fathom out dishonesty and never gives up his original job as a street vendor. In the end it becomes a psychological more than a material necessity – he has to keep moving so he can keep thinking. Mevlut is the Iain Sinclair of Istanbul, in a way, and his dérives in its endlessly-expanding neighbourhoods embody the idea that walking and thinking are actually the same thing. The thing he’s thinking of all the time is an enigma about his life that’s always perplexed him. It’s fantastic stuff – I loved it and felt sad to say goodbye to all the characters.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 30 Jan 2017, 14:47

^^^ Might give that a go. Sounds good, thanks. Meanwhile,

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 04 Feb 2017, 18:34

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Some kind of crime fiction potboiler. Barely started it.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Still Baron » 07 Feb 2017, 03:18

Last weekend I finished Thackeray's Vanity Fair, and really enjoyed it. I bought it in Bradford and started reading it on the plane home and finished it in a month, which is a good start to my year of 19th Century British Literature. I'm a Balzac fan and Thackeray covers similar groundI, though more directly, with more comedy, and in wide screen. It was very satisfying.

Now I'm starting on Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Which makes for a stark contrast. A little less my bag, but fascinating nevertheless. The writing, especially at first, is comparatively bracing and brisk. I suspect my my coursework in basic common law of property will be indispensable! Anyway, I'm happy with the start of the year and I'm much happier spending as much of my spare time reading as possible.
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Postby Toby » 13 Feb 2017, 16:02

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I enjoyed that. Armstrong is a provocative and interesting thinker.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Toby » 13 Feb 2017, 20:08

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This is excellent. A very rigorous analysis of the experience of WW2 through the German people. There's a real sense that notions of patriotism fired the German people far more than National Socialism per se. The detail about how the experiences of the latter part of 1941 pretty much shaped the rest of the war was particularly enlightening.

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Re: New now reading

Postby kewl klive » 14 Feb 2017, 10:18

George Saunders’ new novel will blow your fucking mind

The master returns, frikkin' stoked man.

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