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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:40 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Caro, I believe the author of 5 has a strong New Zealand connection...



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the Eco, like everyone else, but that was it! Is the RH Robin Hobb? The D looks familiar but can't place it. Anita Desai, perhaps?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh of course,  Butler.  Obvious when you tell me!

Must go.  In the car off to Oz in about half an hour.  (Not all the way by car of course!)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh of course,  Butler.  Obvious when you tell me! Cheers, Caro

In that case it must Erehwon - or Nowhere when reversed. I haven't read it but I think it's about a high country sheep station not too far from Christchurch in the South Island.
Well done Sandra - the wooden spoon tuned into a sceptre & crowned you Queen BR. Very Happy


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erehwon it is.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stewart wrote:
Oh, meant to say as well: Anais Nin? Delta Of Venus or Little Birds?

MikeAlx wrote:

6.
A lover of June and her bloke,
Of Parisian affairs she oft spoke.
Here's a tale of a poser,
By one who well knows her
Ability, lusts to provoke!


So Henry And June, then?



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, well done, it is indeed Anais Nin (I thought the initial Cuban-French clue might give her away!). It's one of those Penguin 60s, of the short story "A Model".



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, a few more clues (in blue) - I'll post the full answers later today.

1.
He had an old namesake who went
And got himself mugged down in Kent.
With his shorter work here,
(though no poems, I fear)
One's time might be pleasantly spent.

The author was Irish and a Nobel Laureate


2. (Author: Italo Calvino)
La via to get to St John
Is a road well worth lingering on.
With five memoirs of youth,
Of his father, hard truth,
And of taking the fascisti on.

A fairly obscure book of Calvino memoirs. The first line of the limerick is actually the title, with a bit of translation into and out of Italian.


3.
Here is a green-fingered John
Whose rep. relies mostly upon
This monster's eye view
Of a story we knew
For 'twas told long ago by Anon.

The story 'told long agon by Anon' is Beowulf.


4.
Solved by Chib - Russell Hoban's Turtle Diary


5.
Solved by Caro and Castorboy - Samuel Butler's Erehwon


6.
Author solved by Stewart - Anais Nin's A Model


7. (Author: David Lodge, solved by Sandra)
This Birmingham prof. earned success
With a work-exchange tale, but I stress
This one here's about brains
And machines, and their aims
And creative adulterousness.

Novel about an Artificial Intelligence researcher and a visiting Creative Writing teacher, investigating the nature of consciousness.


8. (Author: Umberto Eco)
The tale of a fellow whose head
Is devoid of all, save what he's read.
From the fog of Milan
He retreats with a plan
To recover the past that he's shed.

Featuring colour plates of 20th century pop culture, comics, etc., the story of an amnesiac bookseller who remembers every word he's ever read but nothing about his life.


9.
Back again from number four,
A time beneath time here's the draw,
With these essays and shorts
And libretto, the thoughts
Of this writer are here to explore.

A relatively obscure book of short stories, essays and a libretto by the author of no. 4.


10.
Solved by Chib: Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Number 1 is Beckett. Easy when you get the normal clues instead of the cryptic ones!



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spot on.

So here's the full reveal:

01. Beckett, Samuel: The Complete Short Prose
02. Italo Calvino: The Road to San Giovanni
03. Grendel (John Gardner)
04. Russell Hoban: Turtle Diary
05. Erehwon (Samuel Butler)
06. Anais Nin: A Model
07. David Lodge: Thinks
08. Eco, Umberto: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
09. Russell Hoban: The Moment under the Moment
10. Songlines, The (Bruce Chatwin)

Thanks to everyone who joined in!




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