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Book 'im, Dano ~ What are you reading these days?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:32 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I think it was published back in the Summer
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't it "Haversham" [sic]?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Initially, yes, though I believe he changed the spelling. I'll add it to the TBR. Can't beat a bit of Jaan Kross...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Havisham, ne Haversham.

Haven't started it yet as Mark Cousins' Story of Fullum and Dostoievski's book about me are yet to be finished.

The editor, Jan Kaus, handed Justina, the Estonian barista at my local caff, a poetry prize what she won a few years ago.

Small world.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to have gone into serious splurge mode since getting my new Sony prs-t1.

I keep thinking of writers I have and haven't read and downloading their books. There are now 240 books on the machine and I will no doubt not live long enough to read them all. That the newer Swindles are now capable of holding 3,000 books (as opposed to the meagre 1200 or so on the Sony) made me momentarily go "d'oh!" until I realised there's no point to that capacity. Even if it only held 100, why the hell would I want that many in my hand at any one time, when I can stick them on sd cards or up- and download them from my puter whenever I want? I'm already reading far too many in parallel as it is.

Anyway, as a fan of Raffles from way back, I recently added the (later) French equivalents, Arsène Lupin and Fantômas. I've read a few of the former and they're great fun. I'm intrigued to see the film versions ~ half the twists so far seem to consist in the reader not being told that one person is an imposter, trading on the fact that his victims have never seen the real Ganimard or Lupin or whomever, a thing that wouldn't work so well on film (and would be considered cheating by many writers).
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished reading Maxwell Bodenhem's Naked on Roller Skates of 1930, a jazz age potboiler set in Noo Yoik but far from Gatsby's Long Island. I bought it (at great expense) because I'd recently been drinking the wine of the same name.  Both rich and fruity but neither subtle.

I also finally got to the end of both Les Mis and the Ramayana, both a bit of a slog to be frank.

So what next? I might try to finish La vie, mode d'empoi or get on to the Krasznahorkai I asked Santa for.

Most of this has been punctuated by buying and reading Canongate's wonderful printings of the complete Peanuts cartoons: I now have 1950 to 1975 complete and they are as good and as deep (and ultimately as nihilistic) as anything ever written.
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hear hear re Peanuts. I am also collecting the set (think I'm up to 1978), though my perusal of the volumes has been limited. I must remedy that. They deserve to be more than mere shelf-dressing. Beautifully presented volumes. I wonder if I could get away with taking the whole lot on Desert Island Discs.
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always said I'd be torn between them and Finnegans Wake.

Likewise Joyce and Peanuts as specialist subjects on Masturmind. I still know that 5's surname is 95472.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished the magnificent Magnificent Ambersons. Now I want to see the film again. I was unsure about the ending of the book, which seems to go on beyond the natural point to stop and I think the film more satisfying.

What next? I had a look at Ivanhoe, which came free with the e-reader but it's incredibly clunky and laden with background infodumping and painfully-drawn yokel characters.

Then I took up a modern tome which I inherited from a departing neighbour, Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk about Kevin. Rather over-written too, in its own way. I quite fancy the author, but find the letter writer, Eva, somewhat obnoxious from the word go (so I can imagine Swinton in the role), though after the trauma she's been through, I find myself wondering if she was such a pain in the arse beforehand (and deciding on yes), and her husband such a boor, and if so whatever drew them together in the first place. So far it's just obvious they were going to have a dysfunctional kid.

Not sure if I can read the whole thing. Will persevere for now, as I might get into the style and begin to sympathise. It's probably my main complaint about modern Anglophone 'Lit Fict', that it's all about bourgeois, overthinking, soulless, self-centered middle class folks, laying out motivations and feelings with a very broad trowel.

After reading a collection of Alan Sillitoe's short stories recently, it's like going from a crisp fruit salad to a stodgy stollen.


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