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What are you reading?

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by chorse123, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    Just started Kant's Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten.

    On my quest to read all of Murakami's novels, I'm halfway through the Trilogy of the Rat. Finished Hear The Wind Sing and I've almost finished Pinball, 1973. A bit odd but I enjoy them.

    Has anyone seen The Reluctant Fundamentalist and read the novel? I remember enjoying the novel, but it's been some time, so I definitely plan to reread it before watching the movie.
     
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  2. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Read the book back in 2008 going to see the film tonight at a preview prior to general release in Oz. Enjoyed the book.
     
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    Let me know how you liked it. Seems to receive mixed reviews.
     
  4. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Me personally I think it has too much ambiguity, very different from my memories of the book. Think it will divide audiences doesn't appear to commit to either a left or right position, takes the easy way out of hard questions about culture, politics and terrorism. A sanctimonious ending in my view. Glad I went for free would not pay to see it.
     
  5. lawyerdad

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    Enjoyed Harvest a lot - Jim Crace is always excellent. Now starting Life After Life. It probably wouldn't be my first choice (given that I had not even heard of it before), but the gf is reading it for her book club, so I'm reading it so we can talk about it.
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    I am currently reading a collection of essays by George Orwell.
     
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    The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. A very well researched tome that covers many aspects of cancer: its biology, the history of cancer research and therapies, including the "War on Cancer", and the story of the American Cancer Society. After reading it I feel like I have a much better understanding of the disease, and the patient stories frequently moved me to tears, as they hit very close to home.
     
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    Sounds interesting!

    Just finished Pinball, 1973 and began A Wild Sheep Chase.
     
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    I'm alternating between Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never Let Me Go" and Austin Grossman's "Soon I Will Be Invincible."
     
  10. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Mod A Very British Style Richard Weight
     
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    The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

    Six Years by Harlan Coben

    Pronto, Riding the Rap, and When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard

    Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
     
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    I wound up reading "Never Let Me Go" in a couple of long reading sessions over the course of about 24 hours. It really hooked me. I have liked all of his books, though.
     
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    Hmm. I enjoyed Remains of the Day, but hated Never Let Me Go.

    But sometimes you just hit a book at the wrong time and it doesn't "take" the way it might if you were in a different frame of mind.
     
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    I've had that same thing happen with other books. I don't think I could read Ishiguro as a light summer read, for example. But for whatever reason, it was the right book at the right 24-hour time for me. I've never read it again, though.
     
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    An English Affair Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo by Richard Davenport-Hines
     
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    I picked up "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" by C.S. Forester last night on a whim and I've been enthralled with it. I'll have to run to the bookstore tomorrow and pick up "Lieutenant Hornblower" at the rate I'm going.
     
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    My dad is a big fan of those books. They whole genre sounded dorky to me when I was a kid but I liked Master and Commander so maybe I should check those out.
     
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    Anyone interested in social history of the past 50 or so years would find a An English Affair enlightening and entertaining. The change in social morality and norms that you realise which have occurred since the 50's & 60's is both eye opening and hilarious. For example if you introduced a mate to a a tart who was older than 16 but under 21 and they shagged you could be charged with a criminal offence for procurement in Britain this law enacted in the 50's was not taken off the books till the late 90's and as for the BMA and homosexuals. Mind you the author reached for his thesaurus once too often but its a very eye opening and entertaining read. Above all its shows that for all their taste and character the Poms a were (still) a race of hypocritical class conscious wankers.
     

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