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I'm on The Bounty by Caroline Alexander, which is actually quite interesting thus far.
Looking over my shelves now, I think I'll do my yearly Proust book, so The Prisoner and the Fugitive. And of course loads of history books.
it's annoying me quite a lot so far.
it's ASS. So pointless a book, don't get the hype about it. Stupid thinks happening where he thinks 'God damn, I just tap danced, I just tap danced right there and then, god damn' shut the hell up!
that much is clear.
my head is all muddled with sickness and soothers, apologies.
I have a feeling this will be my answer to this question for some time yet
The man seems to have an obsession with writing entire paragraphs separated by nothing but commas so you have to keep reading to the end of it because technically it's all one sentence.
It's really quite something.
and finding it really hard to follow, which I knew I would from the film. I'm only a few chapters in. Amazing author portrait on the back though :D
I highly recommend it, now I'm reading um...Diary of a Crush. A very adult read.
I've never read any of his stuff before, but I get the impression this is terribly translated.
i've got Crabwalk on the shelf but i get the feeling it's going to be too much of a history book over a novel to interest me...
Will bump it to the top of my wish list.
its so good
also catch 22 and lolita are lined up afterwards. thinking about buying crime and punishment too cos its on sale for like 4 euro in that discount place thats replaced zavvi. osme
As it Lolita
I was just thinking about my old copy today. Such a shame you're going to go it alone now.
by Laurie Lee
Makes me want to wander around Spain playing my violin and befriending drunks
it's made my brain want REAL STORIES, WITH PLOTS, which I'm not used to.
But I've ignored that, and am reading Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping', which is supposedly a secret 20th century classic (well, it's not mentioned very much). She teaches at the Iowa University writer's workshop which produced pretty much every 'important' US writer of the past twenty years or so, and you can see her influence on people like Kevin Brockmeier and Joshua Ferris. The book is very beautiful, lots of imagery, slow-moving, but has this horrible tension...the story is kind of slender and difficult to describe, but I'm trying to read the book in parts so I don't finish it too quickly (it's short). Think it's having a strange effect on me.
In between I've been reading Shirley Jackson's novella The Haunting of Hill House, which is trashy, but compulsive. I didn't realise she was famous for her short stories - the ones I've read seem a bit delicate and antiquated and slightly irrelevant but the novella is very good.
i enjoyed that book a hell of a lot, so warm-hearted
I'm going to read that next, I think.
which is equally as awesome. Her writing style is lovely.
I started it last week, but a combination of tiredness and ATP has meant that I'll need to start it again to pick up where I was. I do know that I was enjoying it a lot though.
Might try and read it again. I liked Babette, that's all I remember.
Also, this is for the charity shops thread - but there will ALWAYS be a paperback of DeLillo's 'Libra', without fail.
it's pretty great
I'm also reading The Comedians by Graham Greene. I've read it before, but I needed something as my 'home' book.
It's less a story, more a collection of pithy insights. It's annoying the fuck into me.
I was looking forward to it, except now I'll keep thinking of Stephen Fry or some other pithy insight type person.
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i really want flying saucers now and i never know where to find them.
it's funny, but strangely depressing
Really enjoyed it. He writes with great style.
It's the story of a boy born with the most powerful gift of being a Maker set in an alternative early 19th century frontier times.
Basically, Cromwell's revolution succeeded and Britain is still ruled by a Lord Protector. The subsequent impact this has on America is plain but not too heavy handed.
William Blake is one of the main characters too.
nymeria would like it, I think. I reckon it would make a great HBO series.
Anyway, I'm going to start the second one tonight.
STILL. But nearer the end. It's so f**king brilliant. NO ONE TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS.
but what happens along the way is what counts. After getting into Wallace, I've had trouble getting motivated to read other authors, it seems like most writers only get halfway to his insights and get scared and turn back. I've recently burned through The Broom Of The System, Girl With Curious Hair, Consider The Lobster and Oblivion. All solid gold.
by Andrew Crumey. Starts off about a Scottish kid who wants to be a Russian cosmonaut, then jumps to when he's 19 & Scotland's become a communist country & he's on some secret military base... Interesting so far. No idea where it's going.
Nick Cave's - "The Death of Bunny Munroe". Im going to get started on Frankie Boyle's "My shit life so far" tonight.
It's like eating a luxurious banquet type meal but instead of silver plates you're eating off hardcore porn and every rich indulgent mouthful reveals more flesh.
by Franz Kafka. I really didn't like it all that much
its not really stories but scenarios for possible afterlives, before that I read all my friends are superheroes by andrew kaufman, nice little book (I'm basically reading my way through the camden waterstones cult fiction table, its doing me well)
It's alright so far.
it's hideously girly and hideously brilliant.