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    Before the site closes, you should see my dogs. It would unfair to keep them from you.
  2. This will very probably be my last book review posted here. And it's a rather perfect choice, one which reminds me how beautiful literature can be. The book of disquiet is quite simply one of the most beautiful things I've ever read. There's no narrative to speak of, no plot, only a man giving his thoughts on the world and the human condition. It feels like a diary, and many of the chapters do, indeed, have dates, but most don't and even the ones that do aren't chronologically ordered, but rather placed, haphazardly, in any order. You might read several entries from 1932 only to
  3. How does it work over there? I assumed it was just a billion book reviews (that become difficult to follow as a consequence) and not much more.
  4. I've created an account there. I don't like their set-up as much as here. It seems a little vague in terms of where to post book reviews. Doing it by century seems more straightforward. I also like the bar on the side that let's you know what the most recent posts are.
  5. The Book of Disquiet - Pessoa (or is it Bernardo Soares?). Fascinating.
  6. Good reads is a minefield. Truth be told, the small community here is what appealed to me in the first place (and yet ironically is also the very thing that ensures it can't survive). This looks like it might have potential - https://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/
  7. 😌 I don't use Facebook. Don't intend to. Does anyone know any other book forums (preferably small but modestly active)?
  8. The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
  9. Clearly this [spoiler] Text [/spoiler] doesn't work anymore. So what do we do?
  10. Having read my first Houellebecq (Atomised), I resolved to read more. This is my second forray into his work, and while it wasn't as good as Atomised, it was, nonetheless, a wonderful reading experience and frankly, a damn sight more creative and interesting than most of the turgid contemporary novels I mistakenly read because they're nominated for Booker prizes. The book is about an artist called Jed who seeks to paint the famous writer, you guessed it, Michel Houellebecq. I enjoyed Houellebecq making himself a character, and especially enjoyed the moments when he mocked his own c
  11. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  12. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler - Italo Calvino
  13. If I can't edit, my posts will take on a new level of spectacular gibberish. Exciting times.
  14. I watched both 'To Catch a Thief' and 'North by Northwest' on BBC2. James Mason and Cary Grant were competing for the silkiest voice.
  15. Down and out in Paris and London - Orwell
  16. I've reached the point in life where 'Booker Prize' is a guarantee that I won't like it.
  17. Honestly can't remember what I read in 2020 but I'll assume I posted reviews of the books soon after I finished them (though the dates don't add up if you ask me). Review posted on March 26 - Confessions of a Mask (Yukio Mishima) 7/10 Review posted on April 28 - The Leopard (Giuseppe Lampedusa) 9/10 Review posted on May 16 - The Gathering (Anne Enright) 5/10 Review posted on May 22 - Normal People (Sally Rooney) 5/10 Review posted on June 2 - Atomised (Michel Houellebecq) 9/10 Review posted on June 23 - The Book of Ebeneezer La Page (G. B Edwards) 8/10
  18. The Map and the Territory - Michel Houellebecq
  19. With a little help from my friends - Beatles.
  20. Every time I hear poetry read out loud on TV or something, I think it's profoundly moving. Then I buy a book of poetry and read it, and... nothing. Hate it.
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