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What BOOK are you reading right now?

 
 
George
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2015 12:25 pm
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

It's a tough read at the beginning. There's a deluge of characters, all with
Dutch or Japanese names. I don't know which are harder to keep track of.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2015 01:09 pm
@George,
I read that some years ago now (8?), and I remember some difficulty, but also finished it and overall liked it. I think.

Aha, it was 2010. Pemerson sent it to me.
An intermediate review by me here..
http://able2know.org/topic/1042-272#post-4410854

and sometime later, here
http://able2know.org/topic/1042-274#post-4424554


mmm, I wonder if he's the David Mitchell that writes for the Guardian.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Wed 25 Feb, 2015 02:44 pm
@ossobuco,
The Guardian David Mitchell is this one, Osso....

http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-460/h--/q-95/sys-images/Media/Pix/pictures/2013/6/6/1370506526266/David-Mitchell-008.jpg

He originally made his name by being a stand up comedian, and since then has had television show successes (Peep Show and Mitchell and Webb) and is a regular on a hilarious game show, Would I Lie to You.

Very funny and highly intelligent guy.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2015 02:49 pm
Without the distractions of a house and home internet connection I'm doing a bit more reading - right now I'm half way through

Dave Crawford's 'The Deadly Serious Republic'

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417QFKav-%2BL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The first chapter didn't really grab me and I nearly returned it to the library, but it's got more intriguing and makes more sense now I understand the book's 'world'.

Not sure how to describe it - sort of satirical magical realism near future FSF that has the protagonists painted onto a dystopian tomorrow extrapolated from the partisanship along political and economic lines that we see today, particularly the ceding of any sort of government control of anything to big business.

It's pretty fast paced and not overly serious about itself, a bit like Raiders of the Lost Ark for political satirists.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Mon 2 Mar, 2015 01:27 am
Just finished The Sermon on the Fall of Rome by Jérôme Ferrari. About a Corsican family, and parallels drawn with the life of St Augustine, author of the eponymous sermon. Complex, original and densely written. Made me think of 100 Years of Solitude a bit.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 2 Mar, 2015 03:34 pm
Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower. Interesting stuff, 'revisionist' in many ways. Philbrick doesn't just take the Pilgrims to Plymouth. He stays with them through King's Philips' War 55 years later, showing how the originally friendly relationship between Massasoit's people and the newcomers deteriorated to the point of war. There's a strong suggestion that this bloody conflict was in no way 'inevitable' and was, in fact, easily preventable wihout ruffling anyone's feathers.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 03:56 pm
@hingehead,
omigosh this book could use a proof reader. The typos are starting to bug me. Seems like I find one every couple of pages.

Squaller instead of squalor. It's like they ran a very average spellchecker over it. Once.
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 04:39 pm
@hingehead,
...must be a Georgia author... Very Happy
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 04:52 pm
@Olivier5,
I never got into 100 Years of Solitude, bad me, my mood that month perhaps. Did read/like Love in the Time of Cholera.

Fbaezer, a guy I listen to, top rung a2ker, recommended some books, some I read and some not.
I'll see if I can find an a2k link re his tips about latin american books.

http://able2know.org/user/fbaezer/
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 04:58 pm
@ossobuco,
Oh, I'm still reading Rome, by Robert Hughes, still wrapped up in it, now on page 87, but taking a break for this week's New Yorker, their 90th anniversary edition. Dense with interest.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 05:10 pm
@panzade,
which Georgia?
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 06:00 pm
@ossobuco,
The Georgia where a squaller is a person that whines and moans.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 06:05 pm
@panzade,
Ah, yes.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 08:02 pm
The audiobook edition of Flashforward (novel), a 1999 novel by Robert J. Sawyer. I was sick and tired of not knowing how the television adaptation was supposed to end since it was cancelled after a single season.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 4 Mar, 2015 09:49 pm
@izzythepush,
I read that a while back and found it funny too. Finally the Germans can make fun of Hitler like the Brits always do.
--
Finished 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, over 900 pages long, so it took a while. Quite interesting though, having a parallel universe ...
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 5 Mar, 2015 08:40 pm
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:

I read that a while back and found it funny too. Finally the Germans can make fun of Hitler like the Brits always do.
--
Finished 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, over 900 pages long, so it took a while. Quite interesting though, having a parallel universe ...

I hope that point wasn't a serious spoiler??? Embarrassed
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 16 Mar, 2015 09:00 pm
@tsarstepan,
A third of the way through Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 17 Mar, 2015 02:17 am
Just finished The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 02:39 pm
I am reading two: Women of Will by Tina Packer and Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The first is Tina Packer's observations on how Shakespeare grew as an artist and observer of women and is based on her years as an actress and director. The second is a mix of first hand observation, Native American lore, science and memoir from a woman who is a mother and a Native American with doctorate in biology. All the women I know seem to be reading it. I bet all of them will read Tina Packer's book next.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 05:18 pm
@ossobuco,
I'm still reading Rome, dense, rich, worth it but also reading New Yorkers, dense, rich, worth it. I keep on learning again.
 

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