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Cassie

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  1. I've just started Berlin by Rory MacLean. It's been sitting on my shelf since September (only!), I was sadly prompted to start it because I knew there was a chapter about David Bowie's time in that city.
  2. My last book for 2015, and for me too probably one of the best. I think you certainly have to be in the right frame of mind to read it. It lingered on my bookshelf for some time before I was tempted to take it up even though I knew I wanted to read it. The writing is deeply evocative, I could see and smell the ooze and stench of life in the camps as if I was there myself. I admire the way Flanagan can use his writing to such effect in describing this hellish death camp but equally in detailing his life with and without Amy, (amy, amante, amour, not sure why but that got me every time!) and then his descriptions of the terrifying flight from the bush fire. When I arrived at the end I felt I had seen Dorrigo Evans in the round, his good and bad sides, just as I had see different aspects of the Japanese guards. Excellent book worth a re-read. I'm not sure if everyone can access this, available now BBC Radio 4 Open Book with Richard Flanagan http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0495r3z Also this Sunday's Book of the Month on Book Club, available from 2nd Jan 2016 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq9r6
  3. Hi Everyone & Happy New Year, I haven't been around for some time, will try to do better this year but in the meantime I have been reading! I have just finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I intend reading The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami next but I might need something light and easy in between as The Narrow Road while excellent was harrowing.
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mclqh For David Sedaris fans, not long left to Iisten, I'm afraid. Hope you catch it.
  5. I have had this on my bookshelf for some time, thanks for the introduction Grammath, I really must get around to it.
  6. I've enjoyed many of the longer books mentioned above. Content rather than length is the defining factor for me.
  7. I listened on audio and loved it, even the battle bits!
  8. I do hope you enjoy it Ting, it took me awhile to get around to it but when i did I loved it.
  9. This I can relate to 100%! The only upside of ebooks that I covet is the ability to cross-reference easily.
  10. Like meg, I tend to be on the 'harrowing' side! I've read How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and really disliked it! I know some people who loved it
  11. I did like Tom Sharp a lot but that was way back in the seventies, I wonder what I would make of them today? Can you second more than one book?
  12. Last movieIi saw was a few weeks ago. Good Will Hunting
  13. I'm racking my brains to come up with a funny book! I know I'm a bit sad
  14. I finally got around to reading this last month, excellent book. These were my thoughts on finishing.' I may have to read The Woman Who Walked into Doors again if I come across a copy. This was an excellent follow up. Roddy Doyle can say more with his concise dialogue than many others can say in multiple pages. Spencer is an encapsulating character, her life gives us glimpses of just how difficult life can be for victims of abuse and addiction without all tear jerking of some of the more melodramatic forms of biography. The humor and warmth of Doyle's writing always shines through.' Once again it's Doyle writing as a woman, had I not known I would never have guessed. From The Woman Who Walked into Doors 'Ask me ask me ask me.' 'None of them looked at me.' 'None of them saw' 'They were all the same; they didn't want to know. They'ed never ask. 'Ask me.'
  15. So sorry jfp, I haven't been logging in much recently and only just saw your post. I did something I have never resorted to before and I returned the book to Audible and exchanged it for another book. Hi maverickf1, another welcome from me. I'm glad you mentioned that there was an astrological element to the story. I was unaware of this as didn't have a hard copy to flick through. I'm afraid I would have run a mile and never downloaded it had I known! Looks like for my taste I made the right choice.
  16. I have come to this conversation seven years late and right at the end! I was absorbed by Oscar and Lucinda from the beginning, not knowing whether or not they would come togethert, but lulled into that belief by the hints of the narrator. Wonderful writing, it’s a book I think would certainly make an excellent re-read. Having come to the end there are parts that stay in the mind, particularly Oscar’s relationship with his father and his time in Oxford where his gambling vice took hold. And that Mrs Chadwick did make my heart quake! A novel that takes a little time to explore but by no means a conventional love story.
  17. Wonderful to read that tribute to David, thanks for posting it.
  18. Yes, that's a good idea, wonderful book. I love Clavell too.
  19. I struggled through this on audiobook, nothing to do with the story, but the narrator was awful! Indeed it was only the story itself that kept me going, had it been a long book I would have had to give in and buy a copy of the book to read myself. Walter was such a weak and unreliable character he was almost comical, the descriptions were wonderful though. At times it almost felt tongue in cheek, or was this me amusing myself because of the woeful narration? But because it was set against the background of the 'enclosures' it had very sinister tone to it.
  20. I have the Hobbit but haven't watched it yet. I was planning to watch it over the winter months, but somehow it never got to the top of the pile. Maybe soon!
  21. I first read LOTR in my late teens and loved it. I have re read it many times since then, I agree with Rincewood, it like a comfort read. You know the characters and the story so well you can lose yourself in the detail and not worry about accidentally skipping small sections. It may be some time before I read it again as, though I loved the films I feel they would now intrude too much on my reading pleasure.
  22. I have The Luminaries on audio! All of your comments are putting me off, I tried listening a while ago and didn't get very far, I thought it was because I needed to concentrate on my driving, now I'm not so sure. It's 29 hours plus, maybe I'll look for another.
  23. Thanks for this review MrHG, I was given this last summer and it has been sitting on my shelf ever since, maybe I'll pass on it
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