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Evie
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I am reading Deaf Sentence by David Lodge, a novel about a retired lecturer in Linguistics who is going deaf.  Despite having been desperately upset for the last couple of days, it has made me laugh out loud, which is some achievement!  He really is a master of the comic novel - and here he writes about a serious subject, and while highlighting the very real problems deaf and partially deaf people face on a daily basis, he makes it laugh-out-loud funny on virtually every page.  I believe he is going deaf himself.  

I love his books, because they are easy, humorous reads that are nevertheless in touch with serious aspects of life.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS - Caro - did you have a good time?


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county_lady



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Location: N Worcs.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is almost two weeks since I picked up a book, my current reads being two dozen magazines and news supplements that I'm hoping to clear before Christmas. I do fancy reading something by David Lodge so I'll check the shelves for those I've not yet read.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Evie,

Had a great time, thanks.  The sort of holiday that was just right for us - enough activities for my husband who doesn't like a lolling-round doing nothing holiday and not too much walking for me.  Plenty of history, a bit of shopping, things to learn, lovely accommodation, warm weather for swimming and lovely scenery.  

Cheers, Caro.


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Marita



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Location: Flanders, Belgium

PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve started reading “Mrs. Dalloway”. This is the first time I read a novel by Virginia Woolf. Only two chapters so far but I am enjoying it.

Marita


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Castorboy



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Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Thanks, Chris!  I certainly intend to read more of Angus Wilson, so will look out for that one.  Someone else today told me about another of his that is apparently about the private life of Hitler, but that appeals a bit less!

It’s possible the novel is Winnie and Wolf which tells of the relationship between Winifred Wagner and Hitler in the years 1923-40. The author is A N Wilson and he uses the Wagner opera titles in successive sections to compare the drama of the opera to the drama of the ‘romance’.
I’ve read the initial 130-odd pages so far which tend to concentrate on Winifred and Cosima Wagner’s history – the latter had a scandalous background!  
I note from the reverse of the title page that Wilson has written nearly as many biographies as he has novels.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm quite a bit of the way through Runaway by Alice Munro. Brilliant. A series of long short stories, each as satisfying as a novel. I've found it as absorbing and gripping and staying in my mind, unwinding, as any really good novel.  

There is an excellent introduction by Jonathan Franzen which I will post a bit of in the short stories thread, although there are various places it could go and I suspect anyone who doesn't care for Short Stories will proably not bother to look there. Hem hem. Big arrow.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:
I'm quite a bit of the way through Runaway by Alice Munro. Brilliant. A series of long short stories, each as satisfying as a novel. I've found it as absorbing and gripping and staying in my mind, unwinding, as any really good novel.  

There is an excellent introduction by Jonathan Franzen which I will post a bit of in the short stories thread, although there are various places it could go and I suspect anyone who doesn't care for Short Stories will probably not bother to look there. Hem hem. Big arrow.


Actually, I've put it under Author, Author as it seemed to make more sense in the end.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am now reading Independent People by Halldor Laxness, which comes highly recommended by two friends, and is hailed by the critics as a very fine novel - Annie Proulx reckons it's one of her top ten novels of all time!  I started it last year, and then didn't want to take it with me when I went travelling, for practical reasons, and for some reason didn't get back into it when I returned home.  So I have started again.  He has a wonderful dry wit in the way he writes, that is hard to describe - I will try to say more about that when I have finished the book.  He weaves aspects of the Icelandic sagas into the story of rural life - I am not very far in, but am about to take a cup pf Sleepytime tea up to bed and get a bit further!


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I waited and waited and finally found a copy of The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale in a charity shop for 99p! Not bad. Given that it sold so heavily, I thought it must come round 2ndhand but maybe it was one most buyers/readers wanted to keep. Very engrossing, though quite dry. A non-fiction book about the investigation into a Victorian country house murder in the very early days of the police Detective, and of the detective novel.



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