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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:51 am    Post subject: Reading Resolutions for 2015  Reply with quote

I'm afraid that my reading resolutions for 2015 bear a distinct resemblance to my reading resolutions for 2014 and 2013.

"Anna Karenina":  I managed to get a third of the way through it but then run out of steam.  I keep meaning to have another go at it.  I remember Caro having another go at it and finishing it.

"A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth. I've had several goes at reading but there is the physical problem of holding such a thick book and the chore of working out who everyone is with a number of large, extended families.  I did manage to get 60 pages into it in 2013 and was really enjoying it  but I put it to one side to read Trollope's "The Three Clerks" for my book group and have never gone back to it.  I expect I'll have to start at the beginning again as I've forgotten all the relationships.

"The Pickwick Papers".  I've tried three or four times to read it but found it difficult to get into.  In view of the high rating given to it by Caro and Gareth, I feel I ought to give it another go.  

"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun.  Although it is quite a slim book, it doesn't look the sort of fun book to take on holiday and it's been stuck on my shelf for several years.

"Testament of Experience" by Vera Britten.  Although I loved "Testament of Youth", I've found the sequel rather hard going.  Perhaps the new film version of "Testament of Youth" will provide the spur?

What are other people's resolutions?


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You must have another go at Pickwick


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have recently bought myself a new translation of Anna Karenina (by Rosamund Bartlett) and I can't wait to get my teeth into it again.

As for my resolutions, I want to start reading various writers contemporary with Shakespeare (Jonson, Donne, bacon, etc.); i want to re-read Don Quixote; and I want, at least, to make a start on the essays of Montaigne. Montaigne doies in 1580 and was not therefore an exact contemporary of Shakespeare's, but his work is generally reckoned to have been a huge influence on WS, and I really wantto immerse myself int it some time this year.

One of my resolutions last year was to read The Canterbury Tales in the original. i have so far read the first of a three-volume set, and I would like to continue with this.



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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:40 am    Post subject: Re: Reading Resolutions for 2015 Reply with quote

Sandraseahorse wrote:
"Testament of Experience" by Vera Britten.  Although I loved "Testament of Youth", I've found the sequel rather hard going.

I started on T of E a few years ago and stopped at 1932 when I discovered that it is one of the Testament and Chronicle series’. Each of the autobiographical Testament books is based on the diaries of the time. So I began Chronicle of Friendship – the principal friendship, of course, being with Winifred Holtby – and stopped once again at 1932. There was just too much to absorb as it is very much a writer’s diary covering her relations with publishers, literary agents, functions and literary gossip. She was on friendly terms with the well known writers of the time – H.G.Wells, J.B.Priestly and E.M.Delafield for instance. Coupled with her journalism for national newspapers on the political crises of the Thirties it was overwhelming with the amount of detail.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I advance in years I'm uncomfortably aware of gaps (I wrote gasps first) in my reading. Like Spenser's 'Faerie Queen', Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso', Boswell's Life of Dr Johnson. Maybe this year??


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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first resolution is to finish The Luminaries - a whole year should be enough, but I'm not holding my breath.  The trouble is I also want to read some other worthy and long books, especially Great Expectations. Some NZ books - the second in the Maurice Shadbolt series about the NZ Wars and another of Witi Ihimaera's.  The Forsyte Saga has been tempting me for a while and there are modern authors like Peter Carey and Peter Ackroyd I want to read more of.  And Chiminanda Adichie has brought out another book, as has Khaled Hosseini, and I have liked their other works. But I always get tempted by non-fiction and crime novels, so we will see.  

Sandra, how far did you get with Pickwick - my memory of it is that the first couple of chapters make Pickwick out to be stiff and starchy and is full of explanation of the club, but once they get on their travels it improves immensely.  I just found it very funny in a warm way.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Caro.  The answer is not very far.  They hadn't started on their journey when I gave up.  I'll bear what you say in mind when I give it another go.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: Reading Resolutions for 2015 Reply with quote

Castorboy wrote:
Sandraseahorse wrote:
"Testament of Experience" by Vera Britten.  Although I loved "Testament of Youth", I've found the sequel rather hard going.

I started on T of E a few years ago and stopped at 1932 when I discovered that it is one of the Testament and Chronicle series’. Each of the autobiographical Testament books is based on the diaries of the time. So I began Chronicle of Friendship – the principal friendship, of course, being with Winifred Holtby – and stopped once again at 1932. There was just too much to absorb as it is very much a writer’s diary covering her relations with publishers, literary agents, functions and literary gossip. She was on friendly terms with the well known writers of the time – H.G.Wells, J.B.Priestly and E.M.Delafield for instance. Coupled with her journalism for national newspapers on the political crises of the Thirties it was overwhelming with the amount of detail.


There was a review of the new film version of "Testament of Youth"and it said that VB became fame obsessed and rather unlikeable later on.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that info. Sandra. As for Pickwick I would agree with Caro's comments. After a couple of opening chapters the narrative speeds up and I would say the enjoyment starts to build up.



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