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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:22 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

MikeAlx wrote:
My comments on The Wilderness:

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org...p;highlight=samantha+harvey#18987

Thanks, Mike. I think Harvey has talent. Perhaps I was a bit over-critical in my comments, but I did struggle to keep going and I read a few other books at the same time to make it easier! I take your point about the mother's trying to escape motherhood and wifehood. I can't really share your ideas about the wit, though. I found some, of it too elliptical, too repetitive, and the characterisations of Rook, Joy, the mother and the wife, rather wobbly. Jake's real father was virtually absent.

Re the list, I have read Chris Cleave, I now realise, but did not think it was a very superior thriller although it tackled a worthy subject. I have read Adam Thirlwell and Patrick Neate but can't remember much about the books.

Joanna  Kavenna - Dostoevesky meets Bridget Jones does not attract me as a reader - in fact, has me running away fast, probably screaming.


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only read a few of these authors---ScarlettThomas (whose book was far too heavy and scientific for me), Zadie Smith (whose 'On Beauty' I loathed, although I did enjoy 'White Teeth', Ross Raisin (I quite enjoyed his book, although I had some reservations--I didn't know anything about his ignominous behaviour!) and Benjamin Markovitz (a dry, rather academic 'literary' writer who manages to make Byron seem dull!)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klara - I expressed myself badly and feel bound to set the record straight for fear of libelling Ross Raisin. I have no reason to suspect he behaves in any manner other than an exemplary one. He wasn't on A Good Read himself, but his book was a couple of weeks ago, and it wasn't particularly well received, although I think all three participants found elements to admire in it. The discussion was quite superficial, but I think it gave quite a good indication of what to expect of the book, and has pricked my enthusiasm about it.


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KlaraZ



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, right! I misunderstood there!  Thanks for the clarification re. Ross Raisin.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd listened to that too, Gareth, and he was the only author I recognised. I wasn't very inspired to read the book after listening to the programme as it sounded bleak and unkind.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think that was what attracted me to it Smile


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caro, I fear that I must own up to being the negative voice on Chimamands Ngozi Adiche's ' Half of a Yellow Sun'. I read it for a discussion group, and really felt quite alienated from most of the characters: I would never have believed that a novel about the Biafran War could have left me feeling so unmoved. I don't think anyone in the group particularly enjoyed it, although some simply found it too distressing.

Of the other authors on the British list, I think I have only read Zadie Smith's 'On Beauty', which I found rather trite, and Dan Rhodes' 'Timoleon Vieta Come Home', which was interesting enough, but hardly a great novel.

I had problems loading the American list,so I'm not sure who was on it, but I have read a couple of Jonathan Sarfaz Foer novels: I can quite see why he attracts the attention he does, although neither book quite grabbed me. Neverthess, I think he is worth watching.


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Freyda



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too was disappointed in 'On Beauty', thought it a bit of a muddle and did not warm to the characters . I couldn't see why it got so many rave reviews.

Most of the American authors are new to me, which is a bit of a let down as I do try and keep up with new writers.



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