- Occasional STW bookclub thread: special pre-Christmas edition.
Just finished: Haruki Murakami’s sufficiently weird 1Q84 (Books 1&2). Not sure that it’s one of his best, but it’s enough to get you lost in the kind of slightly-parallel world that HM has made his own. As ever, the sense of dislocation is sometimes subtle, and sometimes utterly outrageous (& he seems more obsessed by sex than usual). Still, the two central characters are compelling enough to make me want to read part 3… which, I guess, is the idea.
Just about to start: New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani. Got high hopes for this – a paean to the importance of memory and language.
Book I am looking forward to reading in a Boxing Day stupor: Amanda Foreman’s World on Fire – a veritable doorstop of a book documenting British involvement in the American Civil War, and hefty enough that you could fire it from a cannon.Posted 7 years agoyunkiMember
Just finished: Leaf Fielding’s ‘To Live Outside The Law’ an interesting and informative account of the events surrounding the ‘Operation Julie’ LSD busts of the ’70s.. some great writing on the subject of experiencing LSD and fairly interesting anecdotal tales on life at the deep end of the Brit hippie movement..
Reading in the bog: Re-reading Irvine Welsh’s collection of short stories ‘Reheated Cabbage’ It does exactly what it says on the tin with further LSD accounts.. if you can imagine a thorough mixture of Fielding’s and Welsh’s handling of the subject matter you can get a glimpse of what the turn of the century LSD aficionado in a rough and ready SW seaside town might have experienced..
Book I am looking forward to: Whatever Mrs Yunki has seen fit to procure for xmas..
(hopefully nothing too trippy.. 😯 )Posted 7 years agoemanuelMember
Read the new finnish grammar,in italian, a few years ago.
It’s got some great moments,and there aren’t that many novels on translators.could have been great,very nearly is.But it’s very good.
just finished sajer’s forgotten soldier,reccomended here.thanks.terrible.should be read by everybody.
then read solaris,by lem.Surprised at how different it was to the film.
Also surprised how much Tarkovsky managed to convey,and so well.
Dunno what to read next,got a great big pile.tried to start the innocents abroad,by twain.but don’t seem to be in the mood.
reading some heinleim quotes today.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”Posted 7 years ago
— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for LoveslugwashMember
Just finished Moments of Reprieve by Primo Levi – a collection of true stories each focusing individuals he came across whilst he was in Auschwitz. He gives some personality and insight into some of the people who were victims of the Nazi extermination camps
Currently reading The Crest of the Wave by the famous risk seeking boat designer Uffa Fox in which he recounts his early years in the 20s & 30s sailing his home made canoes dinghies and bigger boats around the UK over to France and across the Atlantic & back He’d be possibly be given serious ‘advice’ from the coastguard if he was doing today what he was doing back then.
Also currently reading The Longest Silence by Thomas McGuane and despite it’s title it’s not about war or a detective novel. It’s non-fiction writings about nature & fly fishing. All the best fishing literature is written by fly-fishers. Any other fishing writing’s pornography about catching big carp 😕
@Yunki.. if you’re into the pschedelic stuff I’ve got a biography about the acid loving 13th Floor Elevators and all the drug related shenanigans they got up to if you want to borrow a crackin’ read over Christmas 🙂Posted 7 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Just finished the book of Dances with Wolves. A bit odd really – the film was long, epic, slow moving and introspective; the book whilst superficialy the same was a really quick read and light on detail. Read a bit like a teen novel in terms of the writing. I reckon if you were a quick reader it’d take a similar amount of time to read the book as watch the film. The main character came over a bit different too – much more likeable and cheerful. However, the subject matter is still pretty powerful and I did not want to put it down for the short time I had it. Still reckon the film is better overall though.
Not sure what to read next. I have a book called Teatoro Grottesco on the Kindle ready to go, by a chap called Thomas Ligotti, but I am not sure I’m in the mood. Last few books I’ve read have been by people who do weighty epics with a light touch and good humour, so I might look for some of that.
Not sure what I am looking forward to either. Something random chosen from Amazon’s recommendations maybe.
Oh, in non-fiction I am half way through ‘Inside your Child’s Brain’ which is about brain devleopment and, whilst technical in places is an essential read for any parent I reckon.Posted 7 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Been given an interesting book by my father in law – Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. My FiL is a guy who reads voraciously but very seldom makes recommendations – he reckons this one is off the charts, so I defo want to read it but need to make time for it (It’s one of the classic samizdat books of the soviet era that might need a bit of effort to get to grips with).
Freedom By J Franzen is apparently top drawer, according to my missus who read my copy before I had a chance to pick it up. So that’s another one on the waiting list.Posted 7 years agoemszMember
Just finished One Day, very well written, easy, bit sad.
Currently reading No One gets out of here alive, a biog of The Doors, bit shit, may stop
Posted 7 years ago
Looking forward to[b] Dreading a bit ‘cos it looks hard [/b] neccessary illusions by Noam Chomsky, political, Sara’s making me. 😐
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