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What are you reading?

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

  1. R300

    R300 Senior member

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    A piece on Craig Green and his work:
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    And a bit of good 'ol Willy Shakes:

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  2. Petepan

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    Not sure whether this is the correct thread, so apologies upfront.

    Need a book recommendation, not fussed whatever genre. Prefer thought provoking ones, rather than just entertainment.

    For reference, these are some of my memorable reads (that I can remember):

    Life of Pi- Yann Martel
    The White Tiger- Adiga Aravinda
    Red Mars- Kim Stanley Robinson (although I dont fancy the overly detailed descriptions)
    The Professor and the Housekeeper- Yoko Ogawa
    Dune- Frank Herbert
    Wool- Hugh Howey
     
  3. marvin100

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    The Sot-weed Factor?
     
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    Based on this information, I am prescribing that one book by Tea Obreht, or maybe Novel With Cocaine, or maybe Beckett's trilogy (thought-provoking, but without elaborate descriptions?). Or Remainder, by Tom McCarthy. Or The Architect of Ruins, by Rosendorfer. Those would seem to fit the bill.
     
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  5. lawyerdad

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    If that's a joke, then it's an admirably dry one.
    @petepan: The Kite Runner? You also might like Santarama.
    Currently reading John Henry Days by Colin Whitehead. I'm mostly enjoying it, but so far it's falling short of the expectations I'd formed based on some enthusiastic recommendations.

    Noob, Beckett's trilogy is an interesting rec, given the list petepan posted. I'm curious what about his list triggered that suggestion. I'm a fan, but it's definitely less -- let's say plot-driven -- than the books from his list that I've read.
     
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  6. noob in 89

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    Are you sure those recommendations weren't for The Intuitionist? That's the good one. :D
     
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    Now you tell me ...
     
  9. noob in 89

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    I actually haven't read JHD, I just know Intuitionist is great and considered his best. I was less impressed by his 'literary zombie novel', way less fun than it sounds.

    ETA: Regarding Beckett, I dunno, I just found it thought-provoking, but shorn of description. Nothing to do with the other books on the list. I'm sure there are plenty of later or more fun books fitting that description , but I usually go for maximalism, so that was the only one that came to mind. :)
     
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    i'm reading "the humans" by Matt Haig. loving it, even though it is a little obvious and sentimental in a dave eggers kind of way. funny, touching and insightful.
     
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    Highly recommended by a friend. It was enjoyable for the most part. Interesting how relevant it still is given its age.
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    Always entertaining, but some of these might be a bit dull.
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    Reading Suttree by C. McCarthy. I love his dense prose in this one.
     
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    Anyone given this a go?
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    I wanted to explore Camus more so I'm now 1/3 of the way through this:

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    Yes, it's about a plague. And people undergoing suffering in manners that are physical, emotional, and psychological, but it is such a pleasure to read each sentence. I always wonder/worry what I'm missing in these translated books - the ones I enjoy, at least - that make them even more wonderful if read in the original tongue.
     
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    A fine choice in McCarthy! I have almost finished consuming Blood Meridian.

    I wholeheartedly agree, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, his flowing narrative easily conjured almost tangible scenes in my imagination.
     
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    Finished Murder is Easy and that was good. still plowing through The Stand. Had a bunch of coupons took a chance on "Mother of God" by Paul Rosolie. A bit overwrought (and by "a bit" I mean "horribly") but at least they story is good.
     
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    Just finished the Goldfinch. Great summer reading, really enjoy anything involving art theft.
     
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    have you read this?
    not art but diamonds:

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