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  1. "Are you well read?" Now what does that mean? A lot of the aura that surrounds a "well read" person comes, in my opinion, from being just well informed enough about famous/popular writers, and movements/genres of literature, to be able "wing it" when asked general questions in a social setting For example, I've never read Little Dorrit by Dickens, but I've read several of his other books, and so I know the time period the novels are set in, the trademark vivid charactersiation, the social themes Dickens explored, the complex plots, etc. Example : (well read person on train)"I'm just reading Little Dorrit...." (crafty Omega) " Oh really? Dickens is such a joy. His characters are so vivid! Have you read Bleak House? (which I HAVE read!) (well read person thinks Hmmm, I'm meeting another well read person!) QED!
  2. Surely this is one of the few books that one could truthfully describe as lifechanging. I would echo Lulu's remark about actually going to a TR seminar.....I did and it was one of the most amazing experiences I have had. The audio tapes/cds of TR books are very good too; the charisma and conviction of the author come across very well.
  3. Oooops, I've made a new member error, it seems.....having started this thread myself, I see that there is already a "re-reading" thread, so can I direct other members to it? It has a lot of interesting comments on it. Thankfully we're virtual, so you can't see me blush
  4. Mireia, I agree absolutely about The God Of Small Things. I really looked forward to rereading it, but I just couldn't get past the first few chapters, knowing what was coming! I think it's a testament to A. Roy's wonderfully vivid characterisation that we have had this reaction. What a brilliant book, though. I sincerely hope our comments wouldn't put anyone off reading it!
  5. I've got a few books which I have read many times: beautiful, dependable books, which I actually look forward to reading again. I find I get more out of the writing each time. I usually wait about 2/3 years between reads, because the distance allows the story, characters and plot to fade enough for it to be enjoyable to read all over again! Larry's Party, by Carole Shields is one; The Shipping News or Accordion Crimes by E Annie Proulx are some more. And well, anything at all by Bill Bryson! Am I the only one who has "comfort" reads?
  6. This has been a very interesting thread.... Like many other members, when I was younger I would soldier on with a bad book, but as I've got older I find I can just simply put it down and not pick it up again. (I feel a bit cheeky doing so, however. ) If I've bought the book I put it back in my bookcase in the hope that one day I might come back to it and be able to appreciate it. But with library books, it's a guilt free experience, just put it down, and forget all about it! I often rely on the reviews found on the back of a book, and if it is highly praised, I will doubt my own negative reaction, and persist to the bitter end. Then I've found myself thinking "What was all that about?" It's great to be a part of this BGOL, because now when that happens, I will ask my fellow members!
  7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  8. Harriet, please dont even mention To Kill A Mockingbird in the same sentence as Lord of the Rings! I encourage you and anyone else to pick up this beautiful slim volume. One of my favourite books, it is a concise work that resounds on so many levels. It's about so many things : how children filter the world around them to their own level, it's about families, death, rape, racism, courage, mental illness, community and LOVE in its many guises. The writing is so spare and simple, it puts the weighty prose of other writers to shame. Like a masterclass of the perfect novel. However!! To answer the question, I cannot get past the first 3 pages of Mrs Dalloway, by V Woolf. Nicholas Nickelby by Dickens, was like reading a goulish pantomime with too many characters, and I couldn't get into it.
  9. undefinedI have just recently finished Pompeii, and found it a great page turner. It really awakens one to a civilisation that existed so long ago, and yet was in many ways so sophisticated. I would recommend it to anyone. Just one thing though.........I found myself continually referring to the map of the region at the beginning of the book, so that I could follow the action properly. But it's such a faff having to turn back and forth all time to check where X village or y's villa is! Generally speaking I am pleased to find a map at the beginning of books, because it augurs well for the complexity of the story, , BUT! I wish I had the moral strength to simply tear the map pages out, and have them in front of me all the time! However, it will never happen, too many years in a family where books were treated with reverence! (don't start me on library books!) Does anyone else agree?
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