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  1. I couldn't finish this. I found the first story about the playwright ok but when it moved onto her daughter it all got too much for me. Felt like I was being lectured to about the black lives experience. Which me makes me sound uncaring. I have read many books from all over the world, diverse peoples filling my mind with how they live and how no matter the difference of their surroundings we are all basically the same. I have read the first volume and am halfway through the second volume of Reporting Civil Rights so I am not immune to the black cause and would consider as far as a white middle
  2. Well following your review I finally got round to reading this Mr HG. I read it on audio and the individual lines of conversation you found difficult to read in their Kindle art form were very affective in an audio format. Voiced by different actors they spread out like radio stations constantly being re tuned. At first a bit confusing and then they fell into place. These thoughts ethereally escaped and were allowed to wander in and out of the airwaves. I was completely immersed in the village world Porter created, reminded me of H. E. Bates, perhaps the Uncle Silas books, the char
  3. I tried listening to this on Audio and gave up. I don't know if it was the narrator or the book but I didn't care about the people. Especially the owner of the property. It all seemed cliched to me, the PC wishing she was off arresting hard line villains, the day time drinking etc.
  4. They talked about this on Between The Covers, the new BBC book programme. I added it to my list then but good to hear another vote in favour of this.
  5. I hope you do give it a chance and enjoy it Viccie. It did that thing good books do, left me wanting more and missing spending time with the characters.
  6. I'm a fan of the Who's music but not of Mr Daltrey's politics so I was giving this book a miss but your review has confirmed that decision.
  7. From the blurb on Amazon - "'One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent) turns his unique eye on the dark end of the 1960s in his enthralling new novel, a story of music, dreams, drugs and madness, love and grief, stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact." In the beginning there is desperation, the searching for sustenance for the body and the soul. There are trials and tribulations, soaring ethereal moments of musical connection, personal growth, awakenings and chemical enhanced imaginings. All fairly standard fare for a ban
  8. Take one family of six, four brothers and two sisters. Add in a history of service within the fading Empire, a sprinkle of entitlement and a whole barrel load of dedication and personal fortitude. Introduce a World War and send them off to fight, to heal, to survive. From Devon to India, Burma, Malaya, Italy and the hospitals of London this fast paced, biography reads like a cross between a thrilling action novel and a thoroughly researched family history. They are of course all dead now, but when, in the epilogue, the author lists the nature and the times of their deaths I felt sa
  9. And for all the reviews you post Mr HG. I've said before I rarely respond to them but I do read them and if they interest me they get added to my reading list.
  10. Well I did eventually read the next book Desolation Island and I am so glad I did. Previous contributors to this thread have intimated that this is possibly the best book in the series. It definitely kept this reader hooked, a great blend of human interaction and suspenseful action at sea. Reading the whole series is back on the agenda!
  11. I've been meaning to read this for years. Must bump it up the reading list.
  12. It's interesting how many words or phrases seem so modern and yet as in this case are from many, many years ago.
  13. It does take me awhile to adjust back into the 19th century style of writing. The extended sentences creating an elongation of the narrative. But once I have acclimatised myself once more to the resplendant verbiage that Mr Dickens excels at I am quickly drawn into the story. The characters are vivid and vibrantly real in all their eccentric mannerisms and physical perculiarities. I can understand in our (normally) busy lives, full of extraneous distractions, why some people won't take the time like you Luna to explore Dickens but they really are missing out.
  14. Thanks Mr HG, this sounds intriguing. Added to the list.
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