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  • Birthday 17/02/1962


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  1. I read it (and completed it) last year as part for my monthly reading group. The way it was written grated on me at first, but in mid-book the story changes, and I ended up really enjoying the second half. I'm told Saramago's 'Blindness' is better.
  2. Well most of the Amazon reviews seem to mention it was funny.
  3. I read this after coming across a review on Amazon saying how good it was. I'm afraid I found it a bit tedious and not that amusing.
  4. I'm a male reader of the book, recommended it by another male reader, then borrowed it off my sister! I liked it! I'm fascinated by the fact that some seem to be labelling this "chick-lit". I thought it was in the same sort of vein as Nick Hornby (I've just read 'Juliet Naked' as well), or Paul Burke. Chick-lit for blokes? Anyway, back to the book. I liked the premise and the way some years the text covered the reason why they were or were not speaking 'this' year. The Dexter character annoyed througout most of the book for being a comfortable, family money, media babe magnet stereotype. There were some predictable moves, and I'd more or lessed guessed the climax of the book about three years in. However, the "thoughts" of the characters were great to read, and the (platonic) longing they both had for each other seemed believable. The Emma character was a little awkward, the whole sleeping with Dex on the last day at Uni was a bit of a silly construct, but of course without it there would be no story! And of course, when she does get a proper job she becomes another comfy stereotype. But, overall I didn't think she was a "whinging drifter", though with such a good degree and being so 'sensible' I was surprised she didn't get a good job straight after graduating.
  5. I love this book, and Douglas Coupland in general. This is so multilayered, with characters to emphasise with and lots of humour in the plot. Coupland's geeky eye for the mundanity of modern life mixed with serious moral issues is usually rewarding reading. 'All Families Are Psychotic' is the Coupland I recommend to freinds when they see his titles on my bookshelves, though as long as you don't mind a bit of computer nerdism as the backdrop most of his titles are good. I really liked JPod.
  6. This is a good William Boyd novel! I enjoyed it immensely. My favourite Boyd is 'Any Human Heart'
  7. I go here: Lass o'Gowrie Book Club which meets in a pub in the centre of Manchester. We choose a theme for the next but one meeting then discuss members suggestions the next time we meet.
  8. I'm reading the Dragon book now. It is one of the few books I've not heard a bad word about, and 250 pages in I can see why.
  9. Jools Holland's autobiography. Easy read, some funny bits so far.
  10. I was looking forward to reading this after finding Carol Shields' 'Larry's Party' excellent. Unfortunately, although 'The Stone Diaries' uses the same docu-diary technique (and does have some lovely bits) it didn't really endear itself to me. It's the story of and reflections on a woman who lives through the 20th century in Canada and then the US. As for the photos -what a stupid idea!!! The picture of Cuyler and Mercy sums it up: Mercy is a described as a big woman (so big no one realised she was pregnant) and taller than Cuyler, the photo has Cuyler taller, and Mercy hardly stout at all!! And the sub-plot about Magnus is preposterous!
  11. Philip Roth is one of those authors that I think of as a bit like a really good restaurant, but not one that I want to go to every week. In general I expect a satisfying read when I open one of his books, and I certainly got it here. Roth's favourite themes of Jewishness, America, mortality and sex are all there in Sabbath's Theater. It is also one of the most satisfyingly filthiest books I've ever read! Mickey Sabbath is not the most likeable characters. He has had a long term affair with another married woman of questionable morals called Drenka. Her illness and death from the backdrop to the story as Sabbath examines his own life, his love for Drenka and the inevitability of his own demise. It is ranting, annoying, distasteful, funny and incredibly sad. It is about lost chances and recklessness, remorse, the effect death has on people, and the nature of love and friendship and how far you can take both. Certainly a book I'd recommend to open minded friends, but one to avoid if easily offended and don't like scenes of a sexual nature!
  12. 'Atonement' was one of my recent reads (and I've never seen the film). Sometimes I really like McEwan's prose, 'Saturday' in particular was very satisfying. This book was very cloying to begin with, suffocated by the description of late 1930's country house life - I suppose it was meant to be that way i.e. nothing ever happened! I nearly gave up. I'm glad I persevered though. I see some posters commented on the "naughty words" - this was when the book started to come alive for me, maybe because I hadn't found Bryony a sympathetic character. All the Dunkirk bit with Robbie seemed like a separate short story. However the last part and the epilogue showed what a master McEwan is, wrapping up all the plot lines so well, it kept me gripped, wanting to find some spare time to read a bit more - always the sign of a good book!
  13. Ah, but the Irish Independent has been around much longer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Independent
  14. I loved 'The Damned United', it was a swirling angry book that kept my attention all through. I was also very pleasantly surprised how good the film was, less nasty, but well done all the same. A very good companion to it is 'Provided you don't kiss me (20 Years with Brian Clough)' by Duncan Hamilton It is a biography and tells a lot of the same story, plus more on the Notts Forest days from the point of view of Hamilton who was the football correspondent on th local paper in Nottingham and who knew Clough well.
  15. Have you read 'The New Confessions' by him? It is another biography like book. If I remember rightly the main character (John James Todd) has a cameo appearance in 'Any Human Heart'
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