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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by islandhopper » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:39

Elie wrote:
islandhopper wrote:Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace. It's actually the first book of his I've read and I am starting to enjoy it now after getting off to a slow start. It's pretty grim, but very atmospheric as well.
I've heard really good things about that - let me know how you get on with it! Not that I need any more books to add to my unread pile, mind..
It is good, though I found it a bit hard-going at times. I was reading it haphazardly and as a result kept getting confused with who was who and especially which dead body was which. That's related to me being simple though.
My Dad was telling me how much grimmer the Red Riding books are than the tv show and now it's being said on here that they're grimmer than this. That concerns me when I think of how permanently grim this is! Even if there's not much going on between rapes and murders, the main character will be scratching his head for all the head-lice.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Thu Oct 22, 2009 14:43

I'm halfway through Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney right now. It's ace! Not the first second-person narrative i've ever read (If On A Winter's Night A Traveller takes that prize, unless roleplay books count), but it uses the technique very well.

The more of his novels i read, the more i think i like McInerney. The Good Life was lovely.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Damian » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:13

indiansummer wrote:I'm halfway through Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney right now. It's ace! Not the first second-person narrative i've ever read (If On A Winter's Night A Traveller takes that prize, unless roleplay books count), but it uses the technique very well.

The more of his novels i read, the more i think i like McInerney. The Good Life was lovely.
Interestingly both of those books have been nottingham book club reads. I didn't read the McInerney though, even though it was my choice. It had good feedback mind. The Calvino book is aces though.

In book news I'm currently shuffling to the end of Gormenghast, well the final book of the 3. It's highly enjoyable and rather beautifully written.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:19

If you're ever going to read The Good Life, read Brightness Falls first. It's not as good, but TGF is a 'ten years later' sequel. It probably stands up quite well on its own, but you mightn't warm to the characters so much.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by morning chorus » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:45

just finished another roberto bolano book... currently half way through the trial by franz kafka... might give cormac mccarthy's the road a whirl next...

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:45

morning chorus wrote:just finished another roberto bolano book... currently half way through the trial by franz kafka... might give cormac mccarthy's the road a whirl next...
What do you make of The Trial?
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by islandhopper » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:48

I just started The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe last night. It seems very grown-up somehow compared with all the others, but he's always very readable.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by andyroo » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:49

The Trial is ace. But it's the ending that really makes it so I'm not going to spoilerise it for morning chorus.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Oct 22, 2009 15:50

Kafka is brilliant. Gotta love that constant sensation of 'ARGH! STOP DOING THAT!' throughout all his books.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by morning chorus » Thu Oct 22, 2009 17:28

the trial - very readable so far - only one night's reading done to date but thoroughly my kind of a thing...

thought I knew the end but not so sure now that andyroo states that it's the end that makes it... better stay quiet just in case...

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by Elie » Thu Oct 22, 2009 17:31

I love The Trial and The Castle but I think the short story The Metamorphosis is probably his best work from what I've read so far.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by nanski » Fri Oct 23, 2009 02:45

I'm reading So Many Ways to Begin by Jon MacGregor. I'm not even sure where/why I got this book, but I'm liking it so far. It's infinitely better than the last thing I read.
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Fri Oct 23, 2009 09:05

nanski wrote:I'm reading So Many Ways to Begin by Jon MacGregor. I'm not even sure where/why I got this book, but I'm liking it so far. It's infinitely better than the last thing I read.
It's infinitely better than almost every other book every written!

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:49

That book is beautiful, isn't it? He's got a new one coming out in a few months called Even the Dogs and it sounds quite breathtaking.

I am about to finish Rabbit, Run. I'm new to John Updike but I'd like to read more. Should I continue with the Rabbits or move to something different, if anyone's got any suggestions?

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by miss deepfreeze » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:04

crystalball wrote: I am about to finish Rabbit, Run. I'm new to John Updike but I'd like to read more. Should I continue with the Rabbits or move to something different, if anyone's got any suggestions?
The rest of the Rabbits are definitely worth reading, at some point anyway! I have to say, though, that my two favourite Updikes were written in between Rabbit, Run and Rabbit Redux, namely The Centaur and Couples, and I would recommend them above just about anything else.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by PCP » Tue Oct 27, 2009 17:01

I have never read any Updike or his Rabbit why should I ? whats good about them ?

Started the Rainbow by Lawrence the other day after wondering round those parts on Sunday. I was disappointed by the begining as the language just does not flow. I just found it hard to keep reading, now there is some dialouge its seems to be getting better. I have loved the book before and look forwarded to discovering why.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by humblebee » Tue Oct 27, 2009 17:14

PCP wrote:I have never read any Updike or his Rabbit why should I ? whats good about them ?

Started the Rainbow by Lawrence the other day after wondering round those parts on Sunday. I was disappointed by the begining as the language just does not flow. I just found it hard to keep reading, now there is some dialouge its seems to be getting better. I have loved the book before and look forwarded to discovering why.
Oooh, I might re-read that. I used to rate it as one of my favourite books ever - but then I was kind of obsessed with Lawrence when I was about 19. Wonder what I'd make of it now.

There was a good piece by Julian Barnes in the Guardian Review bit the other week, all about Updike's Rabbit books. I didn't know owt about the series before I read this. Worth a look if you're interested:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oc ... ike-rabbit

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by PCP » Tue Oct 27, 2009 17:46

humblebee wrote: Oooh, I might re-read that. I used to rate it as one of my favourite books ever - but then I was kind of obsessed with Lawrence when I was about 19. Wonder what I'd make of it now.
Please do so we can discuss, especailly would like to know what you think of his wrtting style ?
I was obsessed with Lawrnece too
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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by crystalball » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:03

Thanks for those suggestions, Tara. Thanks for the article, Pete.
PCP wrote:I have never read any Updike or his Rabbit why should I ? whats good about them ?
Well, I haven't read the other books in that series yet but I've just finished the first one; and what's good about that is how it's a story about running away but not really going anywhere and how he keeps going over small things and making surprising and seemingly random observations about everyday life while all the while he is really talking about much greater things like God and love and failure and expectations. And absolutely everyone in it is flawed and frustrating and you don't want to like them but your superficial disdain keeps turning into deep affinity. And then you feel like you walk around with your eyes wider open and that you understand more about the world and you look at people and they make a little bit more sense.

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Re: what book are you reading?

Post by indiansummer » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:18

Bruce Campbell's autobiography If Chins Could Kill.
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