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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by nanski » Thu Jun 04, 2009 07:14

Martijn wrote: Now I'm reading the new Kazuo Ishiguro, which is such a delight, like his books always are.
ooooh, a new Ishiguro. i didn't know about that.

though, living in japan has completely put me off murakami, so maybe it has put me off ishiguro, too.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Martijn » Thu Jun 04, 2009 08:25

nanski wrote:ooooh, a new Ishiguro. i didn't know about that.

though, living in japan has completely put me off murakami, so maybe it has put me off ishiguro, too.
But there aren't many similarities between them, other than that they're both Japanese-born male authors, are there? I always think of Ishiguro as very English, but then, I've never been to Japan, so perhaps he is quite Japanese after all.

The book is a collection of five stories around the theme of music. I've read the first two so far, and Ishiguro's typical style of a narrator who only half understands what's going on, really survives in shorter stories too.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:54

DimitraDaisy wrote:
JohaN wrote:has anyone read the new marilynne robinson ("home") yet? and what did you think?
So. I did buy that, and promptly read it when it arrived, but it was a crazy time in my life so I didn't have much time to report back, and I forgot about it. Here's what I remember:

This book is about the same story that Gilead is about. It is a strange idea... but I loved it, because I love Gilead. It is about a different side of the same story, told through another person's perspective. The best bit is that I had always wondered about him, so it was very gratifying to learn more about his story. A lot of the things that are good about Gilead are there in Home, too, but it is nowhere near as full as wonderful deep quotes as Gilead is. But then I am in love with that book, completely and utterly.

One day I will read them both, again, side by side, so I can read each episode from both sides as it happens. I'm looking forward to that.
This won the Orange prize the other day. In many ways I'm still recovering from Gilead and I don't know when I'll get round to reading this one but I kept meaning to say that I thought the idea of writing about the same story from a different perspective is wonderful. Has anyone read her essays?

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by DimitraDaisy » Sat Jun 06, 2009 09:43

crystalball wrote:In many ways I'm still recovering from Gilead and I don't know when I'll get round to reading this one but I kept meaning to say that I thought the idea of writing about the same story from a different perspective is wonderful. Has anyone read her essays?
Recovering? It's not that bad, is it?

I haven't read her essays but I often think I should.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Gordon » Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:55

jamie wrote:And at home I'm reading Letters between Six Sisters, by the infamous Mitford Sisters, edited by Charlotte Moseley. It's too heavy for carrying around all day. I really don't have the slightest bit of empathy for any of the sisters, apart from perversely the two ultra extremes, Unity and Jessica. But Unity died in the 50's and Jessica hardly writes, so it's a bit boring at the
moment, mid 1960's...

"Ooh someone rich was at tea."
"Did you hear about Promfumo?"
"I cant believe they won't let Oswald Moseley on the telly."

It goes against my better nature to read books about facists and peers when they don't get their comeuppance/ an asskicking... but it is reall intriguing and I can't get enough of it at the same time.

Wierd.
Was it good, anyway? I think I'll pick this up, as they sound quite intersting (based on Andrew Collins' obsession with them)
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by godsmonkey » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:05

Don't laugh too much...

I am currently reading "Checkers" by Alex Wheatle & Mark Parham. It is set in London and follows two "crews" working together on a "job", that seems to involve hijacking a plane. They've got the "shooters", stole some "motors", it has even got a "nonce" in it. The "twist" is that one crew is made up of stereotypical east end white gangsters, and one crew is made up of stereotypical black gangsters from Brixton. It's a bit of a boys own adventure, and not quite how I thought it was going to be. Other Alex Wheatle books I have read have been really good!

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:24

DimitraDaisy wrote:
crystalball wrote:In many ways I'm still recovering from Gilead and I don't know when I'll get round to reading this one but I kept meaning to say that I thought the idea of writing about the same story from a different perspective is wonderful. Has anyone read her essays?
Recovering? It's not that bad, is it?
Oh no, it wasn't bad at all. It was wonderful. But I found it quite heavy and depressing what with it being essentially about death. I might try reading Home on my way to Indietracks to balance out the eeeeeeeee!s.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:32

I'm really enjoying A Confederacy Of Dunces, by the way, so cheers to everyone for talking about it so favourably a while back! Is The Neon Bible worth a punt as well?
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:47

indiansummer wrote:I'm really enjoying A Confederacy Of Dunces, by the way, so cheers to everyone for talking about it so favourably a while back! Is The Neon Bible worth a punt as well?
I can't remember much about it, to be honest, but I definitely liked it!

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Jun 09, 2009 13:40

indiansummer wrote:I'm really enjoying A Confederacy Of Dunces, by the way, so cheers to everyone for talking about it so favourably a while back!
I've been meaning to get a copy of that for YEARS.

As of this morning I'm reading Kropotkin's Mutual Aid.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jun 11, 2009 06:58

Last night, before I went to bed, I read When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs.

Well, I'm not doing that again.

I'd not read it in years, and it's fucking awful, isn't it? I had the oddest dream about watching Grimsby come back from 3-0 down against Newcastle to be leading 4-3, only for the match to be abandoned because an air-raid siren went off, and we all had to dig holes in the pitch and hide in them.

Also, I'm pretty sure every Drunk Bakers strip in Viz is modelled on When the Wind Blows.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by This Is Helena » Thu Jun 11, 2009 09:55

a layer of chips wrote:...I read When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs.

Well, I'm not doing that again.
I've never read the book and I don't think I ever will. I watched the film on Monday (with a massive hangover) and then made things a whole lot worse by watching Threads straight after it. I was a nervous wreck until just yesterday.

Getting back on track. I'm reading The Field of Cultural Production by Pierre Bourdieu.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by cuppie » Fri Jun 19, 2009 15:55

I just read Oranges are not the only fruit. It was great but could have done without that superfluous romantic ramble at the end. Nothing more annoying than a funny and beautiful novel with a little essay about being destroyed by love tacked onto the end.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Fri Jun 19, 2009 16:19

I'm halfway through The Day Of The Triffids. Found it in a book clearance store the other week. I was convinced i read it when i was about 14, but couldn't remember a single thing about it so gave it another go.

I still can't remember if i did actually read it, but it's very bloody good.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by nanski » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:35

I just finished Junot Diaz's short story collection Drown. I think i liked it more than Oscar Wao.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by cuppie » Thu Jun 25, 2009 16:49

I just finished a book called A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian. It was fun, totally daft, but nothing spectacular. The highlight was when the little podunk Czech city I live in was mentioned, just in passing, but still. And the Nottingham courthouse is in it too. Now I'm reading a book called The Electric Michelangelo. I'm only a little ashamed to admit I borrowed it from the library because the cover is so pretty. It's okay so far, but too much tuberculosis.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by nanski » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:27

Has anyone here read Michael Thomas's Man Gone Down? I am curious about it after reading his rather heartbreaking piece in the NYTimes about (sort of) Michael Jackson:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/opini ... ted=1&_r=1
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by tompony » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:32

I finished reading Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick last night, hours after I should have been asleep. It's the best book I've read in ages, full of intriguing descriptions and bizarre events that perfectly tell a charmingly odd story. I'd recommend it highly to any sci-fi fans, I personally enjoyed it a lot more than some of his more famous books.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Colin » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:37

nanski wrote:I just finished Junot Diaz's short story collection Drown. I think i liked it more than Oscar Wao.
I'm reading Drown at the moment too. It's a bit depressing, although there have been some great flashes of humour here and there. I quite like his style, although the amount of Spanish is kind of offputting given that I don't know what any of it means.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by nanski » Tue Jun 30, 2009 04:42

Colin wrote: I'm reading Drown at the moment too. It's a bit depressing, although there have been some great flashes of humour here and there. I quite like his style, although the amount of Spanish is kind of offputting given that I don't know what any of it means.
he writes about crippling poverty so matter-of-factly. By not trying to pull at your heart strings, he manages to pull them harder.

I found the Spanish off-putting in Oscar Wao, but i think i started getting the hang of it by the time I read Drown.
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