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county_lady



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 7:04 pm    Post subject: What are you reading in 2011?  Reply with quote

A brand new year so a new thread.

And I'm now reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just finished reading 'An Unsuitable Attachment' by Barbara Pym. I love her work, but I get very confused about which ones I've read over the years, as the characters and themes are so similar in each one (frustrated but heroic single women, genteel dilemmas, church going etc.) I was fairly sure I hadnt read this one before--it was her 7th novel, the one that was famously rejected by her publisher in '63 and which wasn't published until after her death. Really enjoyed it--I love the wry, gentle comedy.

Now I'm halfway through 'The Swan Thieves' by Elizabeth Kostova, which I'm only partly enjoying.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our book group meets next week so I am reading Flowers in the Attic which is this months choice. Not far into yet but seems promising.



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm re-reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson for my book group.  This book was actually my recommendation as I really enjoyed it when I first read it almost 5 years ago. I considered not re-reading it as I have lots of other things I want to read, but I'm finding that I've forgotten quite a lot of it after all.

I read Flowers in the Attic when I was about 19 - I assume this is the Virginia Andrews one, iwishiwas?  I quite enjoyed it then, but am not sure what I would think if I read it now.  I suspect I would probably still enjoy it; it was the various sequels which I found more and more absurd and far-fetched.  Look forward to your comments!



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Jen that is the one, all my friends seem to have read it in the earlier 80's don't know how I missed it really.



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished my second book of the year today although to be fair it's something that I have been reading for a while - Henry Sachs's 'The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824'.

The book is split into 4 distinct sections comprising the first performance of the ninth in Vienna; other contemporary cultutal figures in the post-Napoleon era (Byron, Delacroix, Heine, Puskhkin etc) forming the rise of Romantasicm; an analysis of the symphony itself; and finally the impact of the year and Beethoven on later generations. The first two sections were certainly the strongest with the analysis being the weakest. A fairly enjoyable read where I feel I have come out knowing more about the cultural climate of the year rather than about Beethoven himself.

I have now just started Saul Bellow's 'The Adventures of Auggie March' which I think won the Noble Prize in the 1950's. If it's half as good as 'Herzog' which I read last year then I am in for a treat.

It's so nice to have a bit more free time to read without work always getting in the way. Shame it will end soon.

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Hector


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am half way through Ian McEwan's Solar, and am disappointed.  It's very cleverly written, and the comic elements are very funny, but I keep thinking that David Lodge would do it better!  Not one of his best - unless the second half wins me over.


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Ann



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having read Trollope's Barchester books last year I've begun Can You Forgive Her, the first in his Palliser series. I'm enjoying his discursive style again and the way you are aware he is writing the book as he breaks off to make comments to the reader. However I do find the politics rather tedious. It is interesting to see how 19th century democracy worked but the details don't grip me very much. Part of this, I think, is because Trollope writes about 'amusing' members of the lower classes which makes them seem types not people. However the corruption and hypocracy  is well portrayed.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
I am half way through Ian McEwan's Solar, and am disappointed.  It's very cleverly written, and the comic elements are very funny, but I keep thinking that David Lodge would do it better!  Not one of his best - unless the second half wins me over.


Sad I'm disappointed to hear that, Evie.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ann.
I'm still working my way through the Barchester series and looking forward to the next one, Framley Parsonage.



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