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What are you reading these days?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by windhoek, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    I'm working my way through Lolita by Nabokov, although it might be more apt to say slogging my way through as he drops in a fair amount of French - a tad too much for this petit francophone reader - and his vocabulary is exceptional, to say the least as there have been numerous occasions I've had to use my dictionary like a yo-yo going back and forth between each book to find familiar but forgotten words as well as words never before known to me and my modestly improving mind. And all too often yo-yoing several times on one page!

    I've seen the film starring Jeremy Irons so I know how it all ends - the denouement if you will - but I'm reading the book anyway as it's considered a modern classic and although I'm only at Chapter 11, it seems well written for sure and well worth the effort of reading.

    Anyway, that's me. What are you reading these days?
  2. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I am mostly reading lots of books relating to my thesis, of little interest to the general reader, but the other day I picked up for 70p in a charity shop an excellent supernatural novel called 'The Necromancers', by Roert Hugh Benson (his brother wrote the Mapp and Lucia stories).

    Here is a contemporary review from The Spectator:
  3. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

  4. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

  5. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs “telling it like it isn’t...”

    Under The Skin - Michael Faber. Loads better than the film
  6. Jonathan Ribee

    Jonathan Ribee Unavailable at present

    Paul Auster 4321

    Back to New York trilogy form. Packed with the usual self references. And obvious homage to Salinger.
  7. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Working my way through Donna Leon's Venice crime books.
  8. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    James M McPherson Battle Cry of Freedom
    Nicholas Best Trafalgar

    Next up, re-visiting Richard Rhodes Dark Sun
  9. build410

    build410 pfm Member

    The lay of the land by Richard Ford, the last of a trilogy all excellent.
    His take on life and ageing strikes a chord.
  10. Mikeandvan

    Mikeandvan Banned

    Remote control instructions, and Gumtree ads. Oh and this crap.
  11. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    The old man and the sea. Just finished and I really enjoyed It
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  12. Nick_G

    Nick_G pfm Member

    Recently David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks. Currently Nathan Hill's The Nix.
  13. formbypc

    formbypc pfm Member

    Christmas brought me a stack of Tim Moore - travel writing with humour.

    Michael Lewis' "Flash Boys" details the quest for speed in the US and other stock markets, and how speed corrupts.
  14. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

  15. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Just finished Detroit 67 by Stuart Cosgrove.
    Excellent, but Kindle version has not been proof read - the most typos/grammar I have ever come across in a published work.
    Because I am laid up with leg in plaster I then raced through Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures and made a good start on Substance. Can't help but like the man.
    Also halfway through Tim Lawrence's Death on the Dancefloor in paperback but it seems to have gone missing!
  16. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
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  17. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Brilliant but Grim.
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  18. TomF

    TomF pfm Member

    Addlands by Tom Bullough. Rather like the OP, I'm having to make use of external resources as there's lots of use of slang and colloquialisms peculiar to the Welsh Borders (including the title, which means "headlands", as in the strip between field and hedge).

    It's very good indeed. Nearly finished, so need to decide what's next (I have a pile to choose from).
  19. davem

    davem pfm Member

    'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.'

    I read 'The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy' first (should have read it second really, but not absolutely necessary) - really enjoyed it so reading the Harold Fry book which is the story that comes before the Queenie Hennessy book. Well written with great human observations.

    Can also recommend 'Disclaimer' - will keep you guessing all the way through the book.
  20. Errol

    Errol pfm Member

    I enjoyed the The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry as well, interesting insight, like Forrest Gump on his run.
    Have just finished Cleopatra and Antony by Diana Preston this gives even greater insight to the beginning of Roman dominance of the times. I liked the way she got very close to the subject.

    Before that "boys in the trees" a memoir by Carly Simon, or how to squander a fortune on psychoanalysis, then put it all down on paper.

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