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post #151 of 5646
Just finished "The Night of the Milky Way Railway" by Miyazawa Kenji. The idiot translator gave away the only plot twist in her introduction, the b*tch. Almost finished Shirley Hazzard's "The Great Fire", which boasts the wimpiest wartime hero since the Sword of Honour trilogy (mind you he was played on TV by Daniel Craig, so he must have had a bit of cred). Am about halfway through Roger MacDonald's "The Ballad of Desmond Kale". It's one of those 'convict Australia' sagas about an escaped convict sheep breeder who rustles some sheep and establishes the merino industry. It's a good yarn, has all the relevant convict slang ("traps, "grog",etc) and touches all the right cliches (flogging parson, drunkard governor, washerwoman with the heart of gold, inscrutable black tracker, etc). It won the Miles Franklin Award last year, which is our top literary prize.
post #152 of 5646
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How do you like it?

So far about ~120 pages in, sadly nothing like her masterpiece The Secret History. Hopefully it will pick up some pace though.
post #153 of 5646
Just started Sciascia's 'The Day of the Owl'. Mafia in Sicily. Great dialogue.
post #154 of 5646
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Just for general interest?
Yea, just to have some prior knowledge on the subject. I haven't seen any good fiction that has stuck out at the library so usually when there is nothing there, I'll browse nonfiction for some general stuff.

JB
post #155 of 5646
Russka by Edward Rutherfurd
post #156 of 5646
Has anyone here read 'The Age of Wire and String'? Strange and provocative. Strangely provocative.
post #157 of 5646
Goldsworthy's "Caesar, Life of a Colossus"
post #158 of 5646
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Goldsworthy's "Caesar, Life of a Colossus"

Let me know if it's good when you're done. I love all things Roman.
post #159 of 5646
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Let me know if it's good when you're done. I love all things Roman.

Will do GQ. About 50 pages in and it seems quite promising.
post #160 of 5646
"Fires," by Raymond Carver
post #161 of 5646
I'm about half-way through Conspiracy of Fools, by Kurt Eichenwald, about Enron.

At this point it is getting boring. It's just more of the same page after page. I'm about to give up on it.

bob
post #162 of 5646
Los Alamos by Joseph Kanon. A murder mystery set against the backdrop of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, NM. I'm about 2/3 of the way through it and so far would give it a B/B-.
post #163 of 5646
Ross King's

Judgement of Paris

covers the Salon's and the beginnings of Impressionism

King is very readable!
post #164 of 5646
SUITE FRANÇAISE, by Irène Némirovsky, having a hard time finishing it.

The style is passable. She's very good at portraits, but it remains rather boring, despite the subject matter. Simplistic novel overall. I hear a film is in the works.
post #165 of 5646
For light reading, Manhattan Monologues by Louis Auchincloss and for heavier reading, The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides.
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