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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:14 am    Post subject: Has anyone read...?  Reply with quote

I felt sure I had already started ages ago a thread along these lines, but I find the search machine here not at all helpful.  

Anyway, as mentioned elsewhere I wanted to ask if anyone has read One Day by David Nicholls.  The comment I read about it, not really a review, was highly praising.  "It still haunts me.  He takes the lives of two thwarted would-be lovers and traces 20 years from the 1908s into the 21st century by finding them on the same day each year...One Day transcends any genre limitations [Nicholls wrote Cold Feet for television] this precis might imply, and becomes a moving, profound portrait of life's accidental turns and fateful moments.  A little masterpiece..."

I don't think I have heard of this book before.  Anyone here know it?

Cheers, Caro.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Caro.  I've read it.  It was one of the World Book Night give-aways and even before that it achieved a bit of a cult status.

I'd read one of David Nicholls' books before, "Starter for Ten", which was about a student who goes on "University Challenge" to impress his posh girlfriend and I found it quite amusing. "One Day" is an old fashioned Rom-Com with more romance than comedy.

I'll admit that I found it amusing in parts and touching in others but the-will-they-won't they get together aspect was  too protracted IMO. Also, I didn't really care about the characters as much as perhaps I should have.  The male character is rather superficial and narcissistic (he makes a career as a TV presenter) whereas the female has a massive inferiority complex and keeps thinking that she's not good enough for him when it's quite clear he cares about her.

I believe that it is being made into a film with Anne Hathaway.




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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, Sandra.  I see we have both these books in our library.  I have noticed Starter for Ten before but haven't read it.  I might not really like this book - may be too concentrated on one story for my liking.  On the other hand the premise sounds promising.  I think he is a fairly easily read author, isn't he?  Mind you people have said I'll whip through Room, and I don't know if I will.  Not that enamoured with it so far, and of course at least for this first part it is very claustrophic in area and people, really.

Cheers, Caro.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a coincidence! Yesterday, I had a trip to my favourite charity shop, and picked up two books. One was 'Manhattan Transfer' by John Dos Passos, the other was 'One Day'. I began the latter last night and managed 15 pages before I fell soundly asleep.  I think I am going to enjoy it, but it will be pleasant to be able to exchange a few ideas.

I read 'Starter for Ten' and enjoyed it well enough, although I always had a feeling it was aimed at a rather younger reader than I can claim to be.

While we are seeking feedback, does anyone have any views on 'Manhattan Transfer'? It is a book that I have often seen included in lists of important C20 novels, but really know nothing aboout it or its author.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew there was a thread called Has Anyone Read but I didn't remember that I was the only person to write about any author!  But now I am asking about Daisy Ashford and the book she wrote as a nine-year-old - The Young Visiters.  I read about it in The Oldie.  She discovered it in a cupboard about 30 years later and had it published with a foreward by JM Barrie and the spelling mistakes were retained.  A dramatisation of this is on in West London. It is a romance in the 19th-C style, but "with sharp-eyed realism" and humour, apparently.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Caro.  I seem to remember reading this book many years ago.  I kept coming across references to it in literary competitions; readers were asked to write spoofs of contemporary events in the style of "The Young Visiters."

NB:  I've just checked and it's on at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick.  I'm not sure that I would describe it as the West End.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a favourite book of mine, Caro. I've written about it a couple of times here, with copious quotations:

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/sutra24164.php&highlight=#24164

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/sutra36087.php&highlight=#36087


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe it's out of copyright, so the text should be easy to find online if you want to read it. (A quick read too.)


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another two authors I hadn't consciously come across before.  One was Eric Ambler, the subject of an article in The Oldie.  He apparently had a more realistic take on spy novels and wrote the screenplay for A Night to Remember.  About the Titanic.

And then I read about Silas K Hocking (in a calendar about Sheffield Memories).  He wrote the first book to sell a million copies in Britain (worldwide?). Her Benny about the children of Liverpool. Later made into a film.  He wrote quite a lot of books for children, aimed at teaching them about poverty and the living conditions of other children, I gather.  

Have any of you read these authors?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Caro.  I've never heard of Silas K Hocking but I have read several Eric Ambler books after I won a set of his paperbacks in a literary competition.

I reviewed them in the Authors, Authors thread that was started by MikeAlx on Eric Ambler.  Some of his novels were over-complex and I found them a bit tedious in parts but others were a cracking read.



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