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#46 fsharpminor

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 15:20

Started 'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara,  was a nominee for Booker Prize 2015. Looks like it will be a long hefty read, in quite small print.

Well I'm half way through its 700 or so pages, and it is utter tripe, waffle  and full of inane prose. Very little has happened except the description of the lives of a few 30 year old(approx) somewhat misplaced Americans. How on earth it was a Booker nominee I will never know. I dont think I will finish it but may soldier along a bit more for a while. sad.png


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 13:48

Just read Edna Ferber's Show Boat - the book the film and musical were based on.  Really enjoyed it.  It's beautifully written, great characters and gives a good insight into an interesting period in US history.

 

I'm now reading a German book for my book club - Barbara Honigmann's Chronik meiner Strasse.  I'm about half way through - it's reasonably interesting but nothing exceptional. 


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 21:55

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions by David Attenborough

The Future of Home by Biohm


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:51

If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes from Trump's America by Jon Sopel (the BBC's North America Editor)


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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:00

Trio by Sue Gee.


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 13:06

Wide-Span Wood Sports Structures by TRADA Technology and wood for good


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 13:20

Just finished The Whip by Karen Kondazian.  A woman passing herself off as a man and working her whole adult life as a stage coach driver in gold rush California.  


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Posted 20 August 2018 - 14:01

'Nocturnes'  by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Short stories with a musical background  by the author of masterpieces like 'The Remains of the Day'


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Posted 23 August 2018 - 15:59

Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook by TRADA


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Posted 23 August 2018 - 20:36

Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook by TRADA


Is it as dull as it sounds?
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Posted 24 August 2018 - 00:25

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 09:22

 

Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook by TRADA


Is it as dull as it sounds?

 

Not if you're into environmentally sustainable technologies, which I am - and it's certainly more interesting than my day job.


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 13:30

Has anyone finished "A Little Life"? I have probably gone back to it about 4 times and never got anywhere near the end.
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Posted 24 August 2018 - 14:11

Has anyone finished "A Little Life"? I have probably gone back to it about 4 times and never got anywhere near the end.

I gave it up as utterly boring, at about 400 pages (See post at top of this page). How on earth could it be a Booker nominee ?


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 23:44

Well thats a shame as I was hoping for a one paragraph summary of the last half! I am a fast reader who can usually skim to get the gist of something I don't like much but this was mindblowingly tedious. I just wondered if anything better happened later on. It got rave reviews from an entire panel on the one and only TV book review show we have in this country and every newspaper which is totally baffling. Come on, someone on here must have read it, liked it and want to defend it!
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