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Let's start one.
We'll get a list of books, choose one a week, then talk about them.
ive ran out of stuff to read, and im just reading my old books over and over again.
I dont have time for this shit !
I would like to recommend we all read 'the corrections' by Jonathon Franzen.
Anyone have any objections?
I've not laughed quite so hard as I did during the scene where one of the characters attempts to cut a hedge drunk, just to prove to himself he's not depressed, and massively injures himself in the process.
i don't remember much actually
You're up for 60mb emails every minute or so, right?
its good tho
Jonathon FRANZEN? *rolls eyes pretentiously*
Try growing a brain, Richard.
No snobbish remarks about choices of book.
go read your mr men books with RMC.
with MrMen books?.i read them to my son all the time and quite enjoy them
but RMC's advanced to dinosaur literature now :(
And I'm left in the dust with Mr. Bump.
As long as Richard & Judy have never mentioned it it's fine by me though.
It's the biggest selling novel of this millennium.
Wow! I would have thought the fucking da vinci code would have beat it.
more than da vinci code? uh-oh.
Yet, it's on marketplace for 9p. I like it already.
or available in second hand bookshops.
Then I can do it :)
8 miles from the nearest library and would have to get at least 2, probably three buses to get there.
It probably wouldn't even have the book in either, it's REALLY small.
I live in North Yorkshire :(
Stupid illiterate county.
I live in really rural North Yorkshire.
Northallerton is shit for charity shops and it's only second hand bookshop is the type that sells first editions for £50 :(
I used to drive one. I crashed it! Fuck yeah...rock'n'roll etc.
to order anything you want to read that is in print!
everyone read the time travellers wife.
can it be every two weeks tho as i am very very busy
what if it is a really long book?
like that james joyce one
2 weeks to read the book? Im a slow read
That's ages and everyone would just forget.
Though as my exam proved today, I can't discuss literature to save my life.
3pm next Monday - Book Group thread number 1.
Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections.
its not short is it?
5 days to get the book and read it
A good solid working week that is.
If you've read it and want to go to book number two, I'd like to suggest Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman. I got it for Christmas from Ms Pearson and she assures me it's excellent.
whats it about?
"A murder, a satire on village bobbies, a surreal vision of eternity, a love affair between a man and a bike."
so I'll pick it up then.
it's intelligent and hilarious. so so so soooo odd though!
Wow, I feel validated. I have actually contributed to a thread that isn't about football/drinking/wrestling.
Critically lauded and an Oprah Book Club choice, Jonathan Franzen's third novel The Corrections is already a huge success in the US, and it's none too difficult to see why.
Do you think amazon would change this to a DiS Book Club choice?
just bought a copy off amazon for 10p. awesome!
I just got one for 9p
but i thought i'd go all out and go for the 'very good' condition as opposed to the 'good' condition.
im just spend spend spend today!
is only possible for the jobless/friendless insomniac of us
Miraculously, some people manage to have a job and friends and also read a book now and then!
I finished 'on the road' last night.
the sense of freedom is... gorgeous.
it made me want to pack up everything and leave England.
Maybe thats just me.
I also recently bought 'down and out in paris and london' but I had to give it to a friend to look after because I was going out that evening. I want to get cracking on it.
i want to read down and out
but worth finishing i suppose,went on a bit.
i have never finished that - i got, like totally bored of it
for about 2 months. It was only last night that I picked it up again and really got into it.
for the first time, it was ace - the week before she was really down about her job and feeling tired all the time, but afterwards she was totally positive and excited about everything. I'm going to re-read it soon I think.
It's like staring at the blue sky.
It makes you feel brilliant.
Haven't most people read it though?
I think its pretty dated, but LOVE some passages of it (particularly whenever he's in a jazz club). I think the whole Beat ethos works better in poetry form though.
so you want to talk literature with me now do you? GBIOOYA.
i do to but not 1 a week,suppose i have more friends work harder and get more sleep than you ;0)
That, or exhaustion from wanking and sobbing.
I spend my spare time robbing jumped up pricks of thier ipods
Don't forget that.
WHEN I HAVE YOU TO INSPIRE ME
Ah well. I can miss out on Franzen.
Can we do wednesday?
I can do wednesday!
But I go to France on Thursday...
its ok if you can't read.... you don't need to make excuses - lots of people haven't got round to learning how to read yet. im sure you've been very busy
Are you suggesting I can't ride a bike?
Pfft, can't read, you and your crazy suggestions...
you suggested I couldn't read, it spoils the joke :(
It'll be CHAOTIC at first.
Like, people post one statement in response to the first post, then the discussion on that point goes underneath, like threads within threads.
It's going to be chaos. CHAOS.
Also, chaos - the best spelling for a word ever?
tuesday is fine.
i have a couple of recommendations that id like to see people read/ would be interested in others views
I'll make a list.
I was going to start on 'down and out in paris and london'. I imagine loads of people have read it already though.
I haven't read that... need an excuse...
I needed something to read as light relief over exams. I will be ready to discuss in approx a week.
I'm a really slow reader, this will not do!
I have read The Corrections though. It's ace. There's a film of it coming out soon.
Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman
I've always wanted to read that.
I just started My Fault by Billy Childish this morning though. Hmm.
can we discuss and suggest which books?
I suggest 100 Years Of Solitude. Partly because I'm half way through it now, and I'm just lazy.
everyone suggests one book and a choice is made randomly?
It's my thread, I'll pick from a list of suggestions made by you chattering scumlords. x
i propose a sabotage, in which everyone suggests only jeffrey archer and alice seabold novels.
Book - £2
Postage - £2.50
It was the most ridiculously pretentious thing ever. I decided to give a blood brothers record some play. I got grounded.
I don't do book groups. Stupid fascistic reading lists and conformity. I DON'T WANT TO READ YOUR STUPID BOOKS.
Irrational hatred? Me?
The best thing in it is related to family...
You'd like it, I'm sure.
I love books. I'm basically always reading books. I take books with me everywhere. Literally. Even if it's only one of those pocket sized penguin ones when going out.
I just HATE HATE HATE book clubs.
I can tell.
at all. In any way.
what's the point in having your thoughts provoked and your brain stimulated if you can't express it?
and think about it myself
He gave me a good idea. He said that every time he reads a book, he signs and dates the inside back cover. He also gets his friends to do it whenever they borrow books, and so over the years he knows what he was into, who he was close with etc etc
I quite like that idea. I might order Life On The Road now thanks to Oleg's post. I've been meaning to read that for years and seeing as I'm finishing uni in two weeks I really don't have an excuse now
Wy to make Kerouac uncool.
on the road that is.
and talk about it.
Come back at 2pm a week from today and DiScuss it.
Week two is Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman.
Suggestions for future books in budget's Books thread.
I got it for Christmas and haven't read it yet.
Have you read The Corrections?
No. What's it about?
But the main theme I picked out was family, seen from different perspectives.
This is not the discussion, Hallux. That comes after you read the book. Now off you toddle.
It was Jonathon King.
I have more than enough to read over the summer without needing more from an internet book club. I hate discussing literature too.
I don't care.
Each sentence got a little longer. It was nice.
I'm proud of that post.
I can add it to my real-life book group.
We're doing The Corrections first.
Then The Third Policeman.
Clearly I can read a book in a week and often do, but I certainly don't read one each week.
The real-life book club I'm in reads one book a month and that allows you to read the harder-going (or things you don't care much for) or thicker stuff but also allows time to read other stuff of your own choice inbetween.
Plus if you insist on getting the books cheap e.g. Amazon marketplace it can take at least a week to source off the internet.
Democracy and all that, so if everyone else is up for it then I might need to just dip in and out.
I do get a head start though as Ive already read the Corrections.
week one is the corrections
week two is the third policeman
i am skipping week one and going to get and start the third policeman hopefully tomorrow
so i will have two weeks to read
so long as they get announced several weeks in advance. Maybe we can just do one from each person suggesting in the other thread and list several in advance.
Or it won't work.
Week Three: Down & Out in Paris & London.
I reckon four weeks in advance will be perfect :)
I'm liking the choices: I've got all these so far.
As 4 people have asked for it now.
Week 1 - The Corrections
Week 2 - The Third Policeman
Week 3 - Down and Out in Paris & London
Week 4 - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
If it's going well, the next one should be by a female author, it's 3 men to one woman so far.
and then i read the first 20 pages and discovered that it actually was, true story
It gets better.
The first section is a long extended joke that makes a huge amount of sense by the end.
nevertheless, the thought of wading through 400 pages of such self-indulgent writing doesnt really appeal to me, sorry
that i've been carrying around in my wallet for the last year or something.
Whenever I enter a bookshop some kind of distortion field instantly makes me lose even the vaugest notion of what kind of book I want.
So yeah, help me out here. Ideally something literary and thought-provoking, but not long/worthy/dull. There's a challenge.
or whether you were just happy to see me
then bought a copy of but its very tatty?
woo these books all sound brilliant, compeling even. May i suggest 'Thursday's Child' by Sonya Hartnett. I can't really remember anything about it but remember thinking 'wow' at the end.
in. Im currently reading 'The Gang That wouldn't write Straight' - Marc Weingarten. Very good and informative about the beginnings of 'new journalism.'
Far better in my opinion than Tom Wolfes anthology. I don't think i've ever learnt so many new words as I am currently reading this book.
I don't read that much normally. And then i'm reading books I want to. You got give people a bit of reedom dog.
if about 4 weeks is given in advance you can dip in and out. Jurassic Park (not a suggestion BTW)