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  1. Maybe I missed something but this won the Pulitzer prize and was cited as an influence in Hemmingway receiving the Nobel Prize? Why? I mean, it's a perfectly nice short story about a man battling with a fish then watching as his prize is devoured by sharks, but it's really not much more than that. I enjoyed it but at no point was I thinking... this is epic literature. Truth be told, it's essentially a short version of Moby Dick, a story that looks at a man's obsession taking over him and resulting in no reward. It had all the classic Hemmingway characteristics of being cold and det
  2. So I just read this and... 😫 It's the first Cormac McCarthy book I've ever read. I'd heard bad things about him. Specifically that he's rather contrived and tries a little too hard; throws in a ton of alliteration and rhyming schemes and assonance and whatever else he can find. This was sadly true and an appalling reading experience as a result. I really don't intend to make the same mistake again (especially give that this is considered his greatest work). The story about a young lad joining a gang and riding out west is fairly interesting though the 'kid' never really
  3. Let the river run - Carly Simon
  4. I lost my heart to a starship trooper - Sarah Brightman
  5. Yes, but not for specific books. I need to have at least five unread books waiting to be read otherwise I get withdrawal symptoms.
  6. This was great. Very original.
  7. Just read the book of Ebenezer La Page. This was an exquisite piece of work. A proper good-old yarn. It felt so real that about halfway through I googled G.B. Edwards to see if this was literally just his life. But no, he left Guernsey, lived in London, had a very different existence. Ebenezer feels too real to be fictional though; too cantankerous and funny and opinionated. Most novels are narrated by personality-lacking robots who gaze into the middle distance. Yawn. This was sweeping and epic and full of life. A real life. I so desperately wanted him to
  8. So I click on their name after' I've written it. Think I've got it.
  9. Crikey, what a film. It starts with an interesting premise and even has a comical tone but then the twist arrives and holy shit, things rapidly start happening. Yes, the class message is heavy-handed (which I guess it needs to be to justify the father's actions) but it's mesmersing to watch. I was starting to think it was a bit so so until the twist. But that comes quite a way into the film so it seems like an ending but it's actually only the halfway point. Film is over two hours long. An absolute masterpiece.
  10. I tried that. But when I type the name in there it simply adds a tag rather than the author's name.
  11. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I've never read him before and only know him through reputation, namely that of a racist misogynist (though in today's climate that applies to people who make the 'okay' hand gesture so I'll take that with a pinch of salt). I'm not sure what all the fuss is about; he describes sex. What of it? Anyway, I wonder how many people have been put off him by virtue of a media that are full of hypocrites. I absolutely loved this. It was like being nourished by food, a feeling I haven't had while reading for quite some time. My interest was waning somewhat by the f
  12. Biscuits (custard creams in particular).
  13. Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band
  14. Zoom - Fat Larry's Band Next Category: Snacks
  15. Where to begin. In terms of the writing it was an enjoyable read but my, the hype was not justified. At the very minimum I expect a book to be an enjoyable read. Truth be told this was a Mills and Boon romance novel for the contemporary age. Every time a book like this wins awards and gets praise, I come to the conclusion that modern books are written for the growing demographic of people who... don't like reading books. Firstly, there's nothing remotely 'normal' about these two characters. I'll skip over the predictably dream-like otherness of Marianne and focus on the utterly no
  16. I bought and read this because it was a Booker prize winner (2007). It's about the death of an Irish woman's brother and the memories associated with him. And while it's very good, very readable, with nice short chapters and a compelling narrator, it always felt just a little... I dunno... obvious. Modern books all seem to be like this. Slightly dazed (and somewhat robotic) narrators who 'gaze at the begonias and think about Richard and the summer when we held hands that time.' It's all a bit by-the-numbers and predictable with an author who talks about the world as tho
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