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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:18 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Like Himadri, re-reading The Brothers Karamazov has got to be one of the highlights of 2010 for me. Well, actually I haven't finished it yet...

Others include Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens, La Gloire de mon Père by Marcel Pagnol (nearly typed Proust!) and Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope. But my favourite has to be Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate.

As for 2011, no doubt I'll read another Dickens novel. Maybe David Copperfield? There are still quite a number I haven't read yet. But having read all of Thomas Hardy's major novels, I decided to try some of his short stories this year and was disappointed. Perhaps I'll read one of his minor novels instead in 2011.

Then they are a couple of Zola novels sitting on my shelf. I'd like to read at least one of those. And I still have Parts III, IV and V of Les Misérables to read in translation.

The rate I'm reading at the moment, that should keep me going for most of the year...


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think my favourite book of 2010 was Samantha Harvey's The Wilderness, a very accomplished debut. I also enjoyed Ann Quin's surreal Berg and Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger.

I found much to admire in A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book, though felt it didn't quite deliver all it promised. I didn't manage to get through Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, a book which demands time and concentration that I just didn't have this year. I will make a renewed effort with it next year. I'm also determined to read Great Expectations next year, though mostly I will be catching up with recent genre fiction, especially Paolo Bacigalupi's The Wind-up Girl and China Mieville's The City and The City. I will also be exploring some classic ghost stories courtesy of a complete collection of M.R. James.



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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeAlx wrote:
 I will also be exploring some classic ghost stories courtesy of a complete collection of M.R. James.


I'll be re-reading them over Christmas, as they really are my kind of thing. I do wish I had the pleasure of reading them for the first time!


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Gul, I take it you know that this laste year, Robert Chandler has published two more volumes of translations of Vasily Grossman. The first is The Road, which is a collecion of essays, short stories and journalism (and includes Grossman's report from Treblinka: Grossman was the first journalist to report from the death camps after the liberation). And the second is Everything Flows, Grossman's other novel. Both are out in hardback editions only so far. I got tired of waiting for them to come out in aperback, and spent a voucher I had for the LRB bookshop to get myself The Road. I'm looking forward to reading both books.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll work out my top 5 books of the year, as has been my wont of late, when I've finished reading for the year. No ideas at the moment, so I'll have to look over my records. It's been a decent one, though.

As for my resolutions for 2011, I had decided several months ago not to make any, but I will make two:

1. To read ten novels from the Time list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923

2. Not to buy more than 12 books all year (presents excluded)

Easy? We shall see. I need to make inroads into the TBR.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was quite impressed that Time might have chosen the 100 best English language novels from 1923 - it seemed an intriguing date, and I was curious to see which 100 novels were published that year...but I see it's from 1923 to the present day, which seems to allow a little more scope, but is not as intriguing!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, yes, that might have been rather more interesting. Well, why don't we compile a list of books from 1911 and choose one for a centennial group read next year?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Oh, yes, that might have been rather more interesting. Well, why don't we compile a list of books from 1911 and choose one for a centennial group read next year?



I take it this is not an elaborate plot to get me to read The Secret Garden?


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Caro



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wikipedia has a list.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1911_in_literature

Not sure which I would choose (well, it would be Chesterton's Father Brown stories, but perhaps a novel would be better.  Conrad and Edith Wharton don't appeal to me, but I suppose they are most highly thought of novelists here.  DH Lawrence perhaps?  Or someone more obscure?  

My favourite books this year was Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.  I have read about (ad infinitum) elsewhere.  Loved it.  Others - The Book Thief and Old Filth.  From NZ Limestone by Fiona Farrell and Edwin and Matilda by Laurence Fearnley.  Non-fiction Heaphy by Iain Sharp.  

For next year: well, I have a lot of unread books peering at me, but do tend to read library books.  Chesterton's Father Brown stories, Dombey and Son or Great Expectations perhaps.  And I would like to get into Hardy again.  Also would like to get back to Narayan's Malgudi stories that I have.  Life and Fate sits on our library shelves. And there will be ten book club books.  

Also like to read quite a bit of NZ history.  And as ever some crime novels.  More Kate Atkinson, Henning Mankell.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This year from 1910 we could have read (and some of us did) Howard's End, Dracula, The History of Mr Polly, Gora by Tagore, Flaubert's November or Ibsen's A Doll's House (among many others).



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