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Castorboy



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:21 am    Post subject: What are you reading in 2016?  Reply with quote

Margaret Forster takes us on a tour of the houses she has lived in beginning with a council house in Carlisle through to the last one in London in Hampstead. She calls it a personal inquiry into the meaning of home and how each house has an effect on our lives. The unsurprising title says it all My Life in Houses. I am drawn to family experiences of where they have lived. One that I read and appreciated was Penelope Lively’s A House Unlocked describing her grandparents’ home in Somerset.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After reading "The Ice Twins" which is set mainly on a Scottish Island, I'm now reading P.D. James's "The Lighthouse" which is set on an island in the Bristol Channel.  

I found it a bit slow at first but now Dalgleish and Co. are on the island and the first murder has happened, it's starting to become the perfect book to curl up with on a dark winter night.  I've entered a sort of mental hibernation where I can't take anything very intellectually challenging at the moment.


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Joe McWilliams



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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As usual, I'm not sure what to say about what I'm reading, which is The Mountain Shadow, by Gregory David Roberts. It's certainly ambitious, occasionally implausible, but on the whole irresistible. Leaving all else aside, I am always eager to pick it up again, a standard many of the books I read do not meet.

TMS is the sequel to Roberts' Shantaram, the semi-autobiographical tale of an Australian escaped convict who lands in Bombay and makes a life for himself there as a slum 'doctor' and later as a sort of disciple of an Afghani mafia don.
Repelling and fascinating at the same time. I can't explain it or justify it. I don't want it to end.


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Mikeharvey



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rather like trying Victorian novelists who were once famous and are now neglected.  Like Gissing, Mrs Humphrey Ward and Meredith.  So I've just started Charles Kingsley's early novel 'YEAST- A problem'.  It's too soon to comment, but it's certainly exuberantly written.  No, it's not about baking....

I'm also going to try Margaret Oliphant.


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Castorboy



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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Barrett in his travel book Treasured Island describes, with tongue in cheek, literary tourists who visit places and houses associated with writers as suffering from a strange obsession. As a sufferer himself he knows there are hundreds of thousands of us who enjoy the experience. Thanks to Mike who mentioned this book last month.


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Joe McWilliams



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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've started another novel by the Spanish writer Arturo Perez-Reverte. I really like this guy, by which I mean his writing. The Queen of the South tells the story of a Mexicana drug lord operating in the south of Spain, having run from cartel killers in her home country, as the unlucky girlfriend of a drug pilot who had lost the faith of his bosses. Perez-Reverte pulls no punches in evoking that brutal, venal world. Believable and repulsive.

Just getting into it and along comes a well-worn copy of Witness, by Whittaker Chambers, dug up in some musty corner of the provincial capital by the helpful ladies of the Peace Library System. Chambers was one of those ardent American communists in the 1930s who lost faith when he figured out how Stalin was cynically pulling the strings from afar - or so I have read. 'Witness' is his story of what he saw. I'm told I'll have to read it first.

Also on the way is the first of the 'Longmire' novels by modern western writer Craig Johnson. Friends have been saying good things about him.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading Lady Anna by Trollope which I think Michael has read recently.  I don't think I like it as much as others of his I have read - it is a bit repetitive so far.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on reaching 2,710 posts, Caro, and good luck with your Trollope.
I know nothing at all of Trollope, not even what era he belongs to.


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Gul Darr



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Location: King's Lynn

PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Caro. It's lovely to have you back on the board and I hope you're making good progress. I loved the Barchester Chronicles, but haven't read any of Trollope's other books.
I forgot to say that I'm now reading The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan, which was the 2014 Man Booker Prize winner. I managed to accidentally scan it at the supermarket self-service checkout this lunchtime and had to get an assistant to cancel it from my shopping basket!


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gearing up to start The Last Chronicle of Barset next week. It's been a long time coming but I can't wait.



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