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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:12 am    Post subject: Share your current read with us.  Reply with quote

I am re-reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, having not read it for several years - treated myself to an Everyman's Classics edition.  It's fab - both the book and the edition!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am currently trying to read the Upanishads. I have the Penguin Classics edition (translated & with commentary by Radhakrishnan). I am unfamiliar with this literature an dwith the ideas presented here, and it's been pretty hard going so far.


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to be working my way through the classics. Having finished Howards End this lunchtime, I have just started Tender is the Night.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have temporarily laid aside The Mill on the Floss in order to re-read Jude the Obscure, since a good friend had the audacity to say he didn't have much sympathy with Jude Fawley.  It's a book I used to read every year, from my late teens to my mid-20s, but have read it less frequently since, and not for a few years now - marvellous to be reading it again.  I do love Hardy.

I loved Howards End too, and Tender is the Night...what treats.

Will be very interested to hear more about the Upanishads, Himadri!


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county_lady



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Location: N Worcs.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer, non-fiction and a great story related plainly with no literary pretensions but I will be pleased to read a novel next.


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Greywolf



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished "Enduring Love" which I found a bit of a curate's egg, though the long detailed description of the balloon tragedy is a masterpiece.

Back with dear old James Lee Burke for a bit of relaxation, but am hoping to read some new Annie Proulx next.

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Evie
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't sure what to make of Enduring Love really - as you say, there are wonderful bits - the balloon especially - but other bits didn't work as well.

I just watched the film, though, and that is terrible!!  The book is much better than that.  Not McEwan's best, though.


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Raunchyducky



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J have been feeling very under the weather today so I've cast aside the agonisingly long re-read of James Clavell's "Gai-Jin" in favour of lighter fare in the form of one of my all time favourites "Lucky Jim", the novel that (along with the collected writings of Eric Hobsbawm) saw me through my degree, and gave me fits of laughter at the same time.


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Greywolf



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can remember reading "Lucky Jim" for the first time when I was going through the pain of divorce. Despite my deep depression the book made me laugh aloud, so funny was it, and it did much to help me suddenly get a better slant on life. Good on yer, Kingsley.

That said, when I read it again many years later I found it only mildly amusing. I think it was one of those works which smack you between the eyes with surprise on first reading but which can never again rediscover that first joyous rapture. Or maybe it's that I now get very edgy with authors who describe small scale personal disasters in a comic way. I tried to like Tom Sharpe but his constant piling-up descriptions of disaster got me all of a flutter, and lawks 'a mussy I 'ad ter close the book.

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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading, and almost finished, Tomorrow by Graham Swift. What a great writer! Swift really gets inside his characters' minds. I don't want it to end... Thanks Evie for recommending this author.



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