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Caro

Has anyone read...?

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.
Sandraseahorse

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.
Caro

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.
chris-l

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.
Caro

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.
Sandraseahorse

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.
Chibiabos83

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
Chibiabos83

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.)
Caro

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?
Sandraseahorse

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.
Caro

Another query: has anyone read or heard of The Stones of Summer by Dow Mossman, or seen the film Stone Reader by Mark Moskowitz?  I came across these just today when looking for a film with Stone in the title for a game on another board - a Mornington Crescent game of film titles.  

It was a fascinating story when I read about it on wikipedia.  He wrote this book in 1972 and Moskowitz read it some 30 years later and wondered why he had not come across any others by the author and couldn't find any references to him beyond the first review.  It turned out Dow Mossman had a mental breakdown afterwards and not written anything else, and had a career as a welder.  

There's all these interesting stories out there, aren't there?  I might be more interested in Moskowitz's book or film.
Joe McWilliams

I've not heard of the book or the author. Thanks for letting us know about them Caro. Sounds interesting!

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