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Re: New now reading

Postby Count Machuki » 19 May 2010, 20:31

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specbebop wrote:The remaining one of the big four (GR, IJ and Ulysses) is Delillo's Underworld.

I haven't ever managed GR. I have a friend who is a Pynchon fanatic and he struggled with Against The Day, didn't rate Inherent Vice, but would recommend all the others especially the entry points - Vineland and Lot 49.


Underworld is pretty fantastic - it does have some of the flaws inherent in ridiculously long novels (I guess these things are like double albums), but is well worth the read.

I also haven't gotten around to reading Gravity's Rainbow. :oops: Probably won't happen until my daughter is a bit older - it's hard enough these days working/parenting etc. to find time to read short stories, let alone sprawling, complex novels.



Thanks, guys. I also tried Proust, but only got about halfway through Swann's Way.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 19 May 2010, 20:59

Count Machuki wrote:Thanks, guys. I also tried Proust, but only got about halfway through Swann's Way.

That's better than I did. I got fucking fed up with him going on and on about how much he loved his mother. I mean, was it just me or did he not shut up about it?
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Re: New now reading

Postby Nolamike » 19 May 2010, 21:02

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Count Machuki wrote:Thanks, guys. I also tried Proust, but only got about halfway through Swann's Way.

That's better than I did. I got fucking fed up with him going on and on about how much he loved his mother. I mean, was it just me or did he not shut up about it?


Proust, or the Count?
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Re: New now reading

Postby Count Machuki » 19 May 2010, 21:05

Nolamike wrote:
Snarfyguy wrote:
Count Machuki wrote:Thanks, guys. I also tried Proust, but only got about halfway through Swann's Way.

That's better than I did. I got fucking fed up with him going on and on about how much he loved his mother. I mean, was it just me or did he not shut up about it?


Proust, or the Count?


No, that was about how much I love your mother, man.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Nolamike » 19 May 2010, 21:07

Count Machuki wrote:
Nolamike wrote:
Snarfyguy wrote:That's better than I did. I got fucking fed up with him going on and on about how much he loved his mother. I mean, was it just me or did he not shut up about it?


Proust, or the Count?


No, that was about how much I love your mother, man.


:roll: Anyway, let's get off mothers...



Because I just got off yours! :D

Oh, and I saw that you initially posted this under an alias. I'm WATCHING you, man!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Dr. Baron » 20 May 2010, 04:08

I finally found a decent copy of Waugh's Vile Bodies after looking around for one for a year or two. They should be a dime a dozen! Anyway, so far it's the most insane thing I've read by him yet.
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Re: New now reading

Postby the masked man » 21 May 2010, 23:14

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This is a fantastic book! Greil Marcus' account of the cultural background that informed The Basement Tapes is an utterly breathless, exciting page-turner. I'm not sure how all his theories about the traditional American musics that informed the album stack up, but the presence of an approving quote from Dylan himself on the cover suggests that Marcus has at the very least intuited Dylan's mindset at the time with a fair degree of accuracy.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 22 May 2010, 00:13

LeBaron wrote:I finally found a decent copy of Waugh's Vile Bodies after looking around for one for a year or two. They should be a dime a dozen! Anyway, so far it's the most insane thing I've read by him yet.

Oh yeah, that's a good one. That whole first batch is excellent.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Django » 22 May 2010, 21:52

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Fantastic pulpy fun so far.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Balboa » 22 May 2010, 23:57

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Pretty damn great. I dunno - I haven't even read 'Moby Dick' but this had me hooked most of the way (it dipped for a couple of chapters once the Melville element expired). And who knew I could be that interested in whales?

And this, which I read on a 7 hour flight -

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Which I couldn't put down. Any recommendations are welcome. Just an amazing story, and along with the book above ane also 'Moondust' make up 3 great non-fiction books that I have read recently.
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Re: New now reading

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Re: New now reading

Postby Carl's Son » 23 May 2010, 09:01

Just finished:

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Engleby-Sebastian Faulks

Really enjoyed this albeit with some reservations but I've heard it's very different to all of his other books. Any readers here know if his other books are worth a look?
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Postby BlueMeanie » 23 May 2010, 09:09

Carl's Son wrote:Engleby-Sebastian Faulks

Really enjoyed this albeit with some reservations but I've heard it's very different to all of his other books. Any readers here know if his other books are worth a look?


The French trilogy was very good:

The Girl at the Lion d'Or
Birdsong
Charlotte Gray

And I also enjoyed 'A Week in December'.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Django » 23 May 2010, 11:26

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I've not read that. I recently read, and greatly enjoyed, Kavalier and Clay. And Wonder Boys is a modern classic.


Kavalier and Clay is my favourite discovery of recent years. I've greatly enjoyed everything I have read by Chabon, with the exception of The Yiddish Policeman's Union, which didn't really work. Promising to be a literary detective novel, it didn't really satisfy on either level.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Butch Manly » 23 May 2010, 11:31

the masked man wrote:Image

This is a fantastic book! Greil Marcus' account of the cultural background that informed The Basement Tapes is an utterly breathless, exciting page-turner. I'm not sure how all his theories about the traditional American musics that informed the album stack up, but the presence of an approving quote from Dylan himself on the cover suggests that Marcus has at the very least intuited Dylan's mindset at the time with a fair degree of accuracy.


That's one way of looking at it. I found it largely impenetrable (although I was gasping at the opening "In 1965 a man stood at the crossroads..." passage) and gave up on it in the end. Maybe I should give it another go - I've often thought that owning a copy of the complete A Tree With Roots bootleg must surely help to make sense of it all and I do indeed have a copy these days.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 23 May 2010, 13:28

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Re-reading. My copy is old enough to have the original ending which I believe MM modified in later years as he felt it seemed a bit too much like glorifying rape. It's been a while so I'll see what I think when I get to that bit.
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Postby savoirefaire » 23 May 2010, 17:50

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I was told to go read The Apology yesterday, as it was described to be one of the more accessible works. I hope I get around to it. I think I have read the abridged, summary version of it at some point but memory fails me.

For now, I am reading a novel my friend from university in Singapore wrote (published by Penguin India, it was in the top ten bestsellers!)

It's bloody brilliant, and since I know him, the first-person narrative sounds like the way he speaks; sarcastic, witty, and a little twisted. Not to mention it explores the theme of anarchy, very risque for an author based in Singapore, working as a banker!

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It's also going to be turned into a film, for which he's already working on the screenplay. Mind you, he's only a year older than me. *turns many shades of green*
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