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  1. Thanks Katrina my list is growing.
  2. The Power and the Glory is fantastic, but I've just checked its publication date which is 1940 and therefore out of my self imposed period. I found the portrait of religious faith as both redemptive and corrupting very affecting, an interesting read alongside The Poisonwood Bible (different time, different continent but some interesting comparisons) The Third Man is 1949 but, despite being good reading for a weekend trip to Vienna, is too short and not quite good enough!
  3. Thanks for that suggestion, it helped me make my way to the Book Group monthly read thread. I will give it a go but is it Golding's best? I had pencilled in Martin Pincher, but what about Lord of the Flies? I have read LotF but hadn't clocked that it was Golding thus displaying the depth of my ignorance!
  4. Having more than a little extra time to read just now, I thought it was time to try and fill a hole in my education. At school we mostly read 19th century novels as literature, like history, came to a . in 1914. I accepted that until I began to read contemporary literary fiction in the 90s. The period from the end of WW2 to then is pretty empty in a literary sense, despite its huge importance! So what to read? Does anyone else feel they don't know enough about this period too? Or could some of the fearsomely well read people on this forum help me out? I thought I might try to choose one book for each year 1945 - 1995 and began to compile a list, but what to choose? Is it essential to include genres like sci-fi to properly represent the 50s, and if so what? When I spot a 'great' author I've never read eg William Golding, which of his books should I select? I really would be grateful for any suggestions.
  5. That's a tough one! How about 'The Salmon of Doubt' by the late great Douglas Adams
  6. I wouldn't say Gaudy Night was the best place to start as I think you have to love the characters to get into it. I am normally quite chaotic but when it comes to books, I like to read them in the right order (oh dear!). You can easily read the Peter only books alone (Clouds of Witness, Whose Body?, The Unpleasantness at the Ballona Club etc) but the story of his romance with Harriet is best read in sequence. It starts with Strong Poison when they meet, continues with Have His Carcass (my favourite), then Gaudy Night, Busman's Honeymoon, and finally the wartime short stories. Jill Paton Walsh did a great job of finishing Thrones, Dominations set in 1936, and A Presumption of Death set during the war, whilst less successful, is still worth reading. I think Harriet does appear as a minor character in at least one other book but its such an age since I read them last.
  7. Thanks for solving a puzzle thats been bothering for a while. I shall try to get those books through the library
  8. How I envy you Chunzy! I wish I could be reading DLS for the first time. However, this thread has inspired me to re-read the whole lot. There's a very atmospheric reading of The Nine Tailors which was repeated on R4 over Christmas. I really enjoyed listening but missed all the campanology which was cut out. I think the appeal of the Peter/Harriet romance is just Pride and Prejudice all over again. Some readers dislike Busmans Honeymoon and the later short stories because we all know that a good romance should end with the wedding! I enjoyed Busman's Honeymoon very much even though the fact that it started as a play does make it a little odd. The short stories were, I believe, written to help morale during the war and DLS wasn't too keen on doing them. What did DLS fans make of 'Thrones, Dominations' the unfinished book which Jill Paton Walsh completed?
  9. I once heard John Sutherland on the radio talking about the three unanswered questions of English literature. Unfortunately I only caught 2 of them and would dearly love to know the third if anyone out there can enlighten me? The 2 I heard were: 1 Was Mr Rochester a murderer? 2 Was Daniel Deronda circumcised? Perhaps discussion of those questions belongs elsewhere on the boards but any views?! Not being much of a fan of Jane Eyre, I have to admit to being indifferent to the first question. As for Daniel Deronda, it was on my mind as soon as the issue of him being Jewish appeared in the book! BTW I would recommend Sutherland's 'How To Read a Novel' - full of fascinating stuff.
  10. Hello everyone! I'm a 40 something female reader who likes to slip regularly between the sublime and the ridiculous. I love George Eliot, Jane Austen, Dorothy Sayers, and Woodehouse. Last three books read were Revelation CJ Sansom, Oryx and Craik Attwood and Mr Pip. Currently experiencing reduced mobility so have plenty of time to read and maybe, who knows, post.
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