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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:14 pm    Post subject: What are you reading in 2014?  Reply with quote

I'm starting the new year with Hilary Mantel's, Bring Up The Bodies. It seems very much, so far, like another chapter of Wolf Hall. Which I enjoyed very much.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing on the go at the moment as I hve just finished The Passage (my review of it is in January's monthly read thread).  I do have a number of books to chose from for my next read, after receiving five books for christmas from my kids, I have already talked about what I am planning to read in a similar thread which is in reading habits which Caro started it can be found here - http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/about2200.html



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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm currently reading And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini, which was a Christmas present from my wife. It jumped to the top of my TBR pile as she would like to read it too! The first few chapters were really good, but I've begun to lose interest now.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm afraid that my TBR list for 2014 very much resembles my TBR list for 2013 and the year before.

I got a third of the way through "Anna Karenina" and then stalled.
Ditto "Le Grand Meaulnes"
Robert Graves' "Count Belisarius" I've tried to read but the print in my edition is too small so I may download it onto my Kindle.
I've downloaded "The Pickwick Papers" but I haven't got very far.
Zola's "Money" I've struggled with as it is such a poor translation but a new translation is due out this spring.  I'm debating whether to read "The Kill" beforehand as the central character in "Money" first appears in that novel.
I haven't got round to reading "Hunger" by Knut Hamsun yet.
My group read effort of "A Suitable Boy" stalled at page 46.  

This reads like a list of reading failures.  However, my book group is planning to do "Wolf Hall" this year so I'm looking forward to that.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in the odd position of being reluctant to continue one of the best books I've ever read, which is Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies. My own fault for disliking unhappy endings, I suppose. Mantel masterfully woos the innocent reader into a fascinating world, then when your defences are down, pulls you along to its sickening, disheartening conclusion. Bloody hell, but it is so well done.

My plan is to recover via Bernard Cornwell - one of his Saxon stories, set in the time of Alfred of Wessex, then on to Robert Graves' Goodbye to All That, about which I may have heard good things on this forum.


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just read the fifth volume of Elizabeth Jane Howard's 'Cazalet' saga, 'All Change' which was published just before her death. I read the other four books in the series years ago, and remember really enjoying them. This new book had a somewhat elegiac feel, and perhaps wasn't quite the same standard as the others, but nevertheless it's a fantastic achievement for EJH to have written the book so late in life, in her late eighties. After this, I decided to re-read one of her much earlier books, 'Something in Disguise' and found it a scintillating read. It's a domestic novel with a dark twist and some wicked humour, as well as some touching romance.


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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some great books you're reading, Sandra. Anna Karenina, Le Grand Meaulnes and A Suitable Boy are well worth persevering with. I haven't read either of the two by Zola, but I do have Le docteur Pascal and La bęte humaine lined up. I'm reading them all out of order.
At the moment, I'm reading another Christmas present - Twin Ambitions which is Mo Farah's autobiography.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a change from my recent reading, I have started a novel which is, Joy, oh, Joy, the Jane Gardam one Last Friends. Sadly it will be the final novel about Filth unless public acclaim demands that, as with Doyle, she has to bring her fictional creation back to life…


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love those Jane Gardam books about 'Filth'/Terry Veneering and Filth's wife---I read 'Last Friends' in the summer and enjoyed it very much. Have you read 'The People of Privilege Hill'? Short stories. but one of them about these characters.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KlaraZ wrote:
I've just read the fifth volume of Elizabeth Jane Howard's 'Cazalet' saga, 'All Change' which was published just before her death. I read the other four books in the series years ago, and remember really enjoying them. This new book had a somewhat elegiac feel, and perhaps wasn't quite the same standard as the others, but nevertheless it's a fantastic achievement for EJH to have written the book so late in life, in her late eighties. After this, I decided to re-read one of her much earlier books, 'Something in Disguise' and found it a scintillating read. It's a domestic novel with a dark twist and some wicked humour, as well as some touching romance.


I'm looking forward to reading this as I do like the Cazalet sequence and find it stands up to rereading very well. So glad she managed to do it, and so late in life! I have probably read Something In Disguise as I read a lot of her earlier novels when they were broguht out - or reprinted? - in the mid/late 1970s (I'm old!) But I have a feeling I'd find them rather precious now, and maybe even did then. But I have read a couple of her much later books, (one was a memoir, which covered some of the same ground as the late novel about being taken in by a conman) and I also read The Long View, which was either her first or very early fiction, and is written in sections,  backwards in time, covering a relationship from its demise to its first attraction - fascinating. I wonder if  she got any credit for this device? Step-son Martin got lots of coverage when he later wrote a novel in that form! (Time's Arrow.) Maybe I should give her the benefit of the doubt and revisit According To Julius, The Sea Change etc... They did have lovely misty 1970s covers!



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