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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 04 Dec 2020, 01:53

Minnie the Minx wrote:Just finished - ‘Death Comes For The Archbishop’ by Willa Cather. What an extraordinary book. Absolutely extraordinary.


Also just finished ‘O Pioneer’ by the same author. Another gem.
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Re: New now reading

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Minnie the Minx wrote:
Also just finished ‘O Pioneer’ by the same author. Another gem.
You can smell the land she writes about.


Note to self: Must odor a copy.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Corporate whore » 08 Dec 2020, 12:48

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Genius.
Its not so much a book, as like being sat in a pub talking to JCC.

Or rather, being talked at by JCC.

So like going to the pub with a scouse version of Brotherlouie.


But funnier, obvs.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 11 Dec 2020, 15:09

Corporate whore wrote:
Tom Waits For No One wrote:Image


Genius.
Its not so much a book, as like being sat in a pub talking to JCC.

Or rather, being talked at by JCC.

So like going to the pub with a scouse version of Brotherlouie.


But funnier, obvs.


That’s got to go on my list.

Last night I finished reading Willa Cather’s ‘My Antonia’ and like with all of her other books, was so sad to have finished. What a work of total joy. Some authors drag you into their works, some entice you, Willa skips with you through her stories. You feel like you’re on an adventure with her characters together. One of my favourite discoveries of the year.
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Re: New now reading

Postby mission » 12 Dec 2020, 08:42

John Cooper Clarke is a genuine throwback and quite the amalgam of contradictions.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Deebank » 12 Dec 2020, 09:51

Scouse!? :o

Isn’t he from Salford?
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Re: New now reading

Postby Six String » 15 Dec 2020, 20:46

Stiff by Mary Roach, the curious lifves of human cadavers. I read Gulp, her book on the alimentary canal years ago and really enjoyed it. She’s a science writer so all of her books are from that angle and she’s very funny and informative.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 23 Dec 2020, 15:31

Six String wrote:Stiff by Mary Roach, the curious lifves of human cadavers. I read Gulp, her book on the alimentary canal years ago and really enjoyed it. She’s a science writer so all of her books are from that angle and she’s very funny and informative.


On the back of that, I got a couple of her books to read and as presents!

I’m reading ‘Do No Harm’ by neurosurgeon Dr Henry Marsh. It is very well written and moving in places but his self confessed grumpiness is irritating as a reader who can imagine having to work with him. He is rude and stand offish to so many people who are essential to the work of the hospital and he describes it in a way that I think he hopes makes the reader think of him as a churlish but lovable medic but I’d like to slap his legs.
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Re: New now reading

Postby mentalist (slight return) » 29 Dec 2020, 10:41

Just whipped through this. It's a wonderfully written story of Nick Cave's life up until early 1980, when The Boys Next Door (soon to become The Birthday Party) boarded a plane to try their chances in London. It's a great evocation of Wangaratta and Melbourne, particularly the music scene that grew out of the Crystal Ballroom in St Kilda, as well as the fascinating relationships between Nick and various band members and girlfriends and family; and the myriad influences that drove him.

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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 02 Jan 2021, 03:58

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Quite lively and engaging.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Minnie the Minx » 16 Jan 2021, 16:55

The New Yorker has been really knocking it out of the park recently. I read a splendid article by Rachel Kushner called ‘The Hard Crowd’ yesterday, detailing her young life in San Francisco. A personal history, it took you up and down the steep streets with some real love and made me long to be back in what to me is the greatest city on earth.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 16 Jan 2021, 17:35

Having a re-read of this

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Re: New now reading

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Sorry for the blow up. But so far this is a pretty good sea yarn. Kind of a who dun it British navy style. The author knows his stuff - or just enough to keep me interested.
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