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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:12 am 
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Currently reading Woody Guthrie's autobiography.

It's a weird book in a lot of ways, but I really enjoyed it. I found it really inspiring.

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Melisma wrote:
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Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell to Arms

Zadie Smith: N-W

Both very good.

I like Zadie Smith, but haven't read that one.
A Farewell to Arms is my favorite Hemingway next to The Sun Also Rises.

I'll make sure to make that my next Hemingway.

I love Zadie Smith. I've just borrowed Swing Time at the library, so that one is up next.

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Never heard of Ripley Bogle; I'll keep that one in mind.


Me neither. Came upon it by chance. And I'm glad I did. Best read I've had in ages. Hilarious and very sad, harshly realistic and wonderfully surreal. Propelled forward by the most wonderful language - extremely pretentious and down to earth at the same time.

The New York Times says it better than me: " The shadow of ''Ulysses'' looms large throughout the novel, since Bogle's wisecracking ramblings around London over the course of a long weekend draw a clear parallel to Bloom's wanderings through Dublin, almost to the point of parody. Nevertheless, a better touchstone for ''Ripley Bogle'' might be ''A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,'' since Ripley Bogle is certainly as cocksure as Stephen Dedalus.

An enthusiastic wordmonger -- Bogle favors compound words and coins at least one neologism per page -- Wilson makes a run at ''Finnegans Wake'' as well. But where decades of critical analysis may have left Joyce's prose feeling a little bloodless in the memories of some readers, Wilson's novel does not lack for energy or, thanks to Bogle's hometown, blood. "

Wilson has only written three book (Ripley is from 1989) but I will seek them out.

Now starting J. P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man. Only a few chapters in but seems very good so far.

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J.M. Coetzee - Disgrace

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Read that too a couple of years ago. Very dark, but certainly good.

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I read Foe by Coetzee many years ago and was impressed... but I don't think I've read any of his other books since.
And I remember reading Donleavy's The Ginger Man, but recall little about the book itself. I liked his Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B very much.

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Read that too a couple of years ago. Very dark, but certainly good.



Got through it in two days, which is surprising because I haven't been able to concentrate on reading the past half year, my mind wasn't just up to it..

This little book surprised me because it is so very well written, there are no boring parts in it...

The story is indeed rather dark, changing from a story about that couls have taken place anywhere in the world to a story that confronts you with everyday reality in South Africa...

I remember reading Coetzee's 'Waiting for the Barbarians' about ten years ago, a dutch translation, I'm gonna reread it in english now...

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Finished The Ginger Man. Loved it. Will look for more books by Donleavy.

No moving on to two biographies:

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Currently going on a Timothy Findley kick, he's a major Canadian writer but I don't think he has any traction outside of Canada. Nevertheless, he's probably one of the finest writers I've ever read. He has amazing technical ability and pairs it with amazingly earnest and emotional stories, a combination that I find pretty rare.

Rereading "Not Wanted on the Voyage" right now, which is a re-telling of Noah's ark mostly from the point of view of his long-suffering wife. One of the bleakest but most incredibly moving books I think I've ever read.

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Never heard of Findley, but I'm intrigued by your description, jake, so I've put Not Wanted on the Voyage on my list.

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Finally finished reading Just kids, not bad, but sparse at the end, interesting places left unwritten.

Now on to Dubliners by James Joyce, so far it is ok.

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Finally finished reading Just kids, not bad, but sparse at the end, interesting places left unwritten.

Now on to Dubliners by James Joyce, so far it is ok.

I loved Just Kids. Enjoyed it much more than M Train, though I thought that was really good too.

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Never heard of Findley, but I'm intrigued by your description, jake, so I've put Not Wanted on the Voyage on my list.


I'd be really interested to hear what you think of it when you get around to it! Growing up gay and atheistic in the 1930s leaves one with a lot to be angry about in society it seems; as hard of a read as he can be at times I really can't recommend him enough.

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I don't really read thrillers or crime, but I got hooked on this Norwegian police thrillers a few years back. Just finished reading the latest book in the series, "Thirst". It's more of the same, makes me afraid of the dark, and makes time pass in a hurry. Very entertaining.

Done. I can go back to the stacks of books on my bedside table again.

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Think I am going to give up half way through Dubliners, as I am finding it incredibly boring now. Describing people passing the time in no entertaining way at all.

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