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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I'm reading Anthony Sher's "Beside Myself".  As well as going into details about his acting career, he has some interesting things to say about his background growing up as a Jew in South Africa.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people are unfairly talented.  Sher is a fine actor and a good writer and an artist.....


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm also struggling with not finding the time to read.  I'm plodding through Suite Francaise (If I knew how to add a cedilla, I would) by Irene Nemirovsky (who also has accents on her name).  This book has very short chapters, which I find is slowing my progress down as I don't feel compelled to read a few more pages to get to the end of a chapter.



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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jen. I keep losing momentum with mine. It's not ideal reading a musketeer book in short bursts! What's the Némirovsky book like?
For what it's worth:
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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For what it's worth, I found Suite Francaise did not nearly live up to its promise. If you want something truly great that deals with similar themes, Vasily Grossman is your man.

I am reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. After experiencing the (by now quite familiar) unpleasant dissonance almost anyone else's writing produces after the exquisite prose of Patrick O'Brian, I am now enjoying this story set in India during the opium trade era. It is rich enough; perhaps not quite believable in spots, but rich enough to make it worthwhile Ghosh makes much of the moral gymnastics the sahibs engaged in to justify their drug trade with China.




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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More Orwell; now I have started The Lost Writings from his years at the BBC during the war. It includes radio scripts, war commentaries, and adaptations of selected short stories from European authors.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Gul Darr, for those ASCIIs (if that is what they are).

I am still plodding through Suite Française.  I quite like it, but it's not a can't put it down type of book.  Whether I am just too busy with Christmas fast approaching and work being frantic, I don't know, but I am reading a couple of chapters (they are short) and then stopping, and not going back to it for a few days.  I will finish it, though.



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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just started Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. It's huge! It'll give my wrists and forearms a workout, if nothing else. But it is quite engaging, right off the bat. I like her style. Practical magic in England...what the heck????

I believe it has been discussed on the board. I must make a point of not looking for it, for fear of spoiling the experience.



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