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verityktw



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Thanks everyone - very nice to have a warm welcome! Mike, from my quick browse of the board it doesn't look like your reading is anywhere near as wandering as you suggest - it looks fairly rigorous to me.

Has anyone any suggestions for a gentle(ish) return to reading fiction for pleasure? I've put The Marriage Plot on hold for the moment and am about 100 pages into Faith Fox by Jane Gardam.


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Verity, I haven't welcomed you back yet. I suspect that's just because I'm a miserable old git.

As for books to lead you back gently into reading for pleasure, I know that some here would recommend Alexander McCall Smith. But, while not disputing the choice, I'll recommend the late Henry James novella "In the Cage", which I read last month and found quite enthralling.



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Caro



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't remember which books you particularly liked, Verity, though do remember your rigorous analysis of them.  If McCall Smith might be too light, perhaps so would Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres which I enjoyed a lot for its charm and warmth.  Short stories of England.

Not sure what you had to read for your course - it probably included Under the Greenwood Tree which was a lovely Hardy read without his usual pessimistic ending.  More resigned than upbeat perhaps, though.  

Others here love Jane Gardam, but Faith Fox is not their favourite and I didn't think much of it, either, when I read it years ago.  But what about her Old Filth?  

Cheers, Caro.  (It is so good to see you back.)




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Faith Fox is the weakest of Gardam's books for me, though even so it has its moments.  Any Jane Gardam is a good bet, though!  As is Barbara Trapido - don't know if you have read her, Verity, but Brother of the More Famous Jack and The Travelling Hornplayer are good - similar to Jane Gardam in a way, though I'd say not quite as clever.  Andrew Greig's Electric Brae is wonderful.  

And if you haven't yet read any Persephone books, I can't recommend them highly enough - try Dorothy Whipple's Someone At a Distance, or Julia Strachey's Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, or Monica Dickens' Mariana - or any of them really!  They are tricky to get hold of sometimes, occasionally I find one in the library,and you can order them through bookshops, but I get them by post from Persphone - a self-indulgent treat!  I have a subscription so they send me one a month.  Their website is a treat in itself, and you can sign up for a daily email called Persephone Post which is a daily picture with some interesting snippets and links - the whole thing is fabulous.


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storrrm



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just want to try to get back into reading! I find my concentration span is very short lately and can only manage one or two pages before my mind starts to wander. I have a theory that it's because i'm surrounded by too much technology so my brain can't cope! I need to turn off the TV/music/laptop/phone/video games and get back to old fashioned books.  Laughing


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:49 pm    Post subject: What I have read. Reply with quote

Well, Yes, My name is new to all of you to this forum. I shall keep it that way, only posting every-so-often. But, I has been reading a extraordinarily delightful book at the moment. Its called "The Book Thief" By  Markus Zusak. You've all probably heard of this beautiful book. I found it to be suspenceful, even though I don't much like that type of book. I highly recommend it anyways.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome! I hope you will like it here. Your name is the coolest on this board. I remember people liking The Book Thief very much, though it's not one I've read.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello and welcome, L.K.L.  Our book club read The Book Thief a couple of years ago and really liked it.  Here (NZ) most book clubs are part of a nationwide organisation where they provide (at a cost of about $60 a member) a set of books.  For the last three years their favourite book, voted by the more than 1000 groups, has been The Book Thief.  By quite a big margin, I think.  

There's something about books set in wartime, and this one had a special quality and freshness about it.  I still think of it, most especially when I am peeling fruit or veges and throwing the peel away.  Then I recall the bit where the Jews herded along by Germans would try and pick any smidgeon of food from where they were walking to stave off starvation.  

Cheers, Caro.



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