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Keep The Aspidistra Flying.
Might start on "Coming Up For Air" now
is my favourite Orwell book by miles. It's absolutely awesome. I found KTAF a bit boring, but I was pretty burnt out reading his stuff by that point (uni dissertation-centric).
Err, I went through a David Foster Wallace phase a while ago where I read a few of his back to back.
maybe I'll give it a crack this arvo.
I loved them, couldnt put them down once i started.
When the last one came out i had it within a day and read within another.
and two of the Bridge trilogy (Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties) pretty much back to back
and now i'm reading 'galapagos'.
the most accessible and enjoyable to read of his books that I've read, but yeah, lugging it around is a hassle. And the footnotes..I must've spent months reading them. Amazing book though. Might get back into him again. So sad that he and Ballard have died within such a short space of time.
Read about 4 of his on the bounce:
The Rum Diary, Campaign Trail, Hells Angels, The Proud Highway.
a couple of outings from Enid Blyton's Famous Five books a while back.
im such a big kid still
back to back. Felt quite Catholic by the end.
it was so good
I read like five in a row. Reading Graham Greene is like the literary equivalent of wearing slippers and drinking hot chocolate.
and The Pursuit of Love
both by Nancy Mitford...ahhhh
but that's cheating because they were in the same volume.
Philip Pullman - read all of His Dark Materials back-to-back
Philip Reeve - all of the Mortal Engines series
Tolkien - Lord of the Rings and on a different occasion the Hobbit, Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales
Vonnegut - Sirens of Titan and Jailbird
Will Self - The Butt and Tough Tough Toys for Tough Tough Boys (i think, very close together anyway)
Christopher Hitchens - Orwell's Victory and Letters to a Young Contrarian (same as will self)
i read maybe three or four by kazuo ishiguro in a row. oh, and i read lots and los and lots of conrad in a row. like, maybe five novels and several short stories.
it was awful, I realised afterwards that all of them were the same.
almost all of the terry pratchett discworld books. i read pretty much nothing else for over a year.
and then immediately followed it by Sodom & Gomorrah by Proust.
Pretty damn good really. of course, I R PRETENTIOUS.